Bumper Car Britain Ignores Bangs and Scrapes

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As Britain drives deeper into recession, the nation's cars are the latest victim to take a bump, as millions of motorists ignore damaged bodywork.

Unlike drivers in some European countries, UK motorists traditionally take a lot of pride in their cars. But over the past 12 months we've seen a major decline in our nation's motors, they're looking worn, and in some cases quite badly beaten with scratches and dents.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street car insurance retailer has seen a 23% drop in the number of claims made for minor repairs such as dents and scratches compared to this time last year. An online survey of 1,700 customers found that 56% were prepared to postpone bodywork repairs until they were more financially solvent.

Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager for Swinton motor insurance, said: "Unlike drivers in some European countries, UK motorists traditionally take a lot of pride in their cars. But over the past 12 months we've seen a major decline in our nation's motors, they're looking worn, and in some cases quite badly beaten with scratches and dents."

"In these hard financial times, more customers are trying to reduce their premiums by opting for policies with a high excess, which means it is not cost effective to make claims for minor superficial repairs. Unfortunately, rather than pay for repairs out of their own pocket, people are just ignoring them.

"I'd advise anyone who is considering doing this to be very cautious. Even the smallest of scratches can rust, leading to reduced structural integrity and can become a serious safety issue.

"Furthermore, if a dent has any jagged edges or your car is rusting within 30cm of a structural point such as a seatbelt mounting, the car will fail its MOT. The police are also more likely to take an interest in any dent which could be a danger to pedestrians."

For more information contact Michael Travers or Anoushka Foster at Manchester PR agency SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770.

About Swinton:

  •     With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  •     Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community.
  •     Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance.
  •     With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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