The NRMA has 22 car servicing centres across NSW and the ACT, including a local centre in Padstow.
ALMOST one-in-five or 17 per-cent of motorists experienced mechanical problems with their vehicles after the manufacturer's warranty had expired, according to an NRMA Car Servicing survey.
The survey of 1,119 NRMA members across NSW and the ACT, found that the overwhelming majority of motorists are driving older vehicles, with 79 per cent of respondents driving cars that had expired their manufacturer's warranty.
The NRMA has 22 car servicing centres across NSW and the ACT, including a local centre in Padstow. In addition to conducting mechanical repairs and annual logbook and pink slip checks, the centres also offer end-of-warranty inspections. This year the NRMA also launched a mobile mechanic service.
Of those, only one-quarter or 25 per cent got their vehicles inspected before their warranty period ended while 17 per cent experienced problems after the warranty ended. Importantly, 58 per cent of these problems occurred while the motorist was driving the vehicle.
NRMA Padstow car servicing manager Joe Sayes said the survey highlighted the importance of car maintenance, where the national fleet was now over 10 years old.
"The average age of Australia's fleet is older by international standards and while cars are becoming more and more reliable, mechanical problems do still exist," Mr Sayes said.
"Australians tend to hold on to their cars longer than other drivers and there are many benefits to that, especially as vehicles are now built to last. We also have a healthy second-hand market, which means motorists can get a safe and reliable car at an affordable price."