80 Percent of Vehicles on Road Need Service
Bethesda, MD – Feb. 26, 2009 – According to a recent story in USA Today, more motorists are maintaining their current vehicles instead of purchasing new ones because of the uncertain economic environment. However, recent Car Care Council survey results show that 80 percent of the vehicles inspected during 2008 vehicle check-up events needed either service or parts.
“The current economic situation has people very hesitant to spend money for a new car, instead keeping their current vehicles for longer periods of time,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Since four out of five vehicles need some type of service, it’s important to remind motorists that those who keep their cars, treat them as valuable investments and commit to regular vehicle maintenance, end up saving a lot of money.”
Results of vehicle inspections at community car care events across the country during National Car Care Month in April and Fall Car Care Month in October, revealed that 80 percent of vehicles needed parts replacement, service or fluids. For example, nearly one out of every 10 vehicles had the check engine light on. The top problem areas were motor oil, windshield wipers, air filters, belts and hoses and lights. Complete results can be found at http://carcare.org/NCCM.