Warn­ing car ser­vic­ing costs may in­crease

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

Av­er­age an­nual car ser­vic­ing bills could jump £70 af­ter Brexit if no trade deal is reached be­tween the UK and the Euro­pean Union, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

Re­pair and ser­vice costs could in­crease by 10% if tar­iff sand other bar­ri­ers to trade are im­posed, the re­port com­mis­sioned by au­to­mo­tive trade as­so­ci­a­tion the So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders (SMMT) warned.

The re­search es­ti­mated a 2.5%-4.5% World Trade As­so­ci­a­tion tar­iff on im­ported car parts may cost the typ­i­cal car owner an ex­tra £21 a year for re­place­ment com­po­nents.

Cus­toms de­lays, reg­u­la­tory bar­ri­ers and other pos­si­ble con­se­quences of Brexit were cal­cu­lated to cost an ad­di­tional £49.

It emerged last week the num­ber of cars built in the UK in June fell by al­most 14% as the in­dus­try con­tin­ued to be af­fected by un­cer­tainty over Brexit.

Ve­hi­cle re­pair costs could rise by 10%.

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