New research by Warranty Direct reveals UK drivers have to spend £102 million each year an average bill of £426 to fix faulty air conditioning systems in their vehicles.
Top of the list is Porsche owners, the Porsche is more prone to air con failure than any other brand, Seat follows closely behind with Chrysler being the third most likely vehicle to experience cooling problems.
Due to the fact that British summers are virtually non existent with perhaps a few hot days, air conditioning units are quite redundant. When air conditioning units become inactive the compressor isn’t lubricated properly and can fail. While the average cost is £426, garage bills can soar to as high as £2,292 just to fix the air-con.
Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said “an air-conditioning fault won’t typically leave you stranded on the hard shoulder but it can be one of the most expensive components to fix. Temperatures have already peaked above 28-degrees this year and it is usually the summertime when drivers realise their air-con has packed up. We highly recommend that drivers use the air-con from time-to-time, even if it is not particularly hot, to keep it in good order.”
By Geraldine Ashton Green
Thu, 05 Jul 2012