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A third of women feel garages have ripped them off because of their gender

Friday 06 January 2017, By Autovolo

A third of women feel garages have ripped them off because of their gender

A third of women feel garages have ripped them off because of their gender

Around one-third of female drivers believe they have been ripped off by a mechanic because of their gender, new research has found.

A study commissioned by warranty provider Motoreasy asked 2,000 motorists about their experiences and found that 29 per cent of women thought they had been overcharged by a garage simply because they were female.

Similarly, 31 per cent said they had switched garage because they felt they were being exploited.

Women aged between 20 and 25 felt the most vulnerable, as 33.8 per cent said they thought they had been ripped off by an opportunistic mechanic.

It wasn’t just younger drivers that felt exploited, though, as more than a quarter (26.9 per cent) of women aged 36-55 thought they had been overcharged because of their gender.

Duncan McClure Fisher, chief executive of Motoreasy, said: “These days, people are generally busier than ever with modern life. Increasingly, motorists don’t have time to deal with the dull car maintenance jobs like arranging MOTs or organising car repairs.

“Our research shows that this is compounded for female motorists, who also feel fearful of entering into negotiations with garages in case they get overcharged or charged for work that is not actually needed.

“The problem is even worse for young drivers, who don’t know as much about cars and are, therefore, even more open to being taken advantage of.”