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Brits take used car loans but do not understand their cars

Millions of Brits are blindly walking into difficulties with their cars, despite the time and effort typically devoted to obtaining a used car loan and arranging car insurance.

Millions of Brits are blindly walking into difficulties with their cars, despite the time and effort typically devoted to obtaining a used car loan and arranging car insurance.

Research from Green Flag indicates that many drivers are taking possession of cars without understanding even the most basic technical information.

Having successfully got their hands on a competitive used car loan, millions are then throwing their savings away because of simple technical errors.

Some nine million drivers admit that they do not really know their way around their car, which equates to around 30 per cent of the population.

Incredibly, 11 per cent of drivers are unable to open their bonnet and 13 per cent do not know where to find the dipstick. A further 13 per cent do not know how to fill up windscreen washers and 22 per cent cannot check tyre pressure.

Nearly half (49 per cent) of all drivers are also unaware of where the spark plugs are kept, with another 44 per cent admitting they would not know how to jump start the engine if required.

All of these shortcomings can leave drivers out of pocket and they can also waste a great deal of time at the side of a road.

Philippa Naylor, spokesperson for Green Flag, said: "The research clearly shows that many of us have scant knowledge about our cars despite relying on them to go about our everyday lives."

The advice to drivers is to spend a decent amount of time learning about the car before eventually taking it on the road. Ultimately, buyers take out used car loans in order to get a vehicle that will be reliable, but drivers often put themselves in unnecessary bother by ignoring simple technical guidelines.

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