'Most motorists struggling financially'

Nearly 60 per cent of people say they had difficulty paying for either fuel, car tax, NCT or motor insurance over the last 12 months.

Nearly 60 per cent of people say they had difficulty paying for either fuel, car tax, NCT or motor insurance over the last 12 months.

Mon, Mar 4, 2013, 00:00

The majority of motorists in Ireland are struggling to keep their cars on the road, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by AA Ireland shows that 58 per cent of people agree that they have struggled to fund either fuel, car tax, NCT or motor insurance over the previous year.

Of the 9,600 people who carried out during January of this year, a total of 79 per cent said they plan to stick with their current car for as long as possible.

Of the respondents, 28 per cent are saving or have saved for when they next go to purchase a new or second hand car.

Some of the respondents said that finances have become so tight, they were forced to take their cars of the road for periods stretching from a few weeks to a few months.

Director of AA Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan said there is growing financial pressure placed on drivers.

Motorists have been squeezed and squeezed and clearly the money they’re putting into running their cars has to come from elsewhere,” he said.

From what we’re hearing from the front line we’re going to be seeing more and more older vehicles on our roads and drivers need to be really conscious of wear and tear.”

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