Motorists 'avoid making repairs'

Many motorists appear to think they can save themselves a significant amount of money by delaying urgently-needed repairs.

News Australia reports that the Motor Trade Association (MTA) has issued a warning that this is clearly putting lives at risk.

At an MTA meeting last month, several car mechanics raised concerns about the increasing number of vehicles that are not roadworthy.

NRMA Insurance recently carried out a report that indicated smaller cars can cost a great deal to repair – which could be leading to reluctance to take action among certain people.

Chief executive of the MTA John Chapman said defects that people are overlooking are getting more severe and more dangerous.

"Tyre dealer representatives confirmed many motorists are presenting with bald tyres to the point of being down to the canvas and steel belting, whereas previously they would have replaced the tyres," the expert continued, urging motorists to be particularly vigilant on this matter.

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