British motorists are happy to pay more to use a garage they trust than get the work done cheaper elsewhere, according to research.
TheÂ AA-Populus poll of 17,000 motorsist added that a further 23% of drivers claim they would go out of their way to visit an accredited garage.
Motorists concerns surrounding car maintenance were apparent in the survey’s findings, withÂ 7% of respondents stating thatÂ they hadÂ been overcharged for work on their car, while 5% were surprised when they had to pay for what they saw as unnecessary repairs as 7% were stung by unexpected charges.
However, only 10% of drivers have proactively shopped around for better deals.
The number of clued-up drivers (14%) would check the estimate using a price guide, which outweighs the 9% that have no idea about how much a car service costs.
AA Garage GuideÂ director, Olli Astley, advisied motorists to “checkÂ reviews online before visiting a garage”, stating thatÂ “this will allow you to easily assess its reputation”.
He also advised potential customers to use the â€˜Guide Priceâ€™ tool on the AA Garage Guide, which allows users to compare services at different garages.
â€œOnly consider becoming a regular customer once youâ€™ve had a chance to shop around and have settled on a garage you feel you can trust to take proper care of your car,â€ he added.