The recession has forced motorists to skip their annual service to save money according to HiQ, the tyre and service specialist.
New figures suggest that 36% of drivers have chosen not to have their cars serviced because they canâ€™t afford the payments.
HiQ commercial manager Farrell Dolan said: â€œRelying on the MOT has been how a lot of motorists have been judging their vehicle performance.
â€œThis has meant we are seeing a lot more vehicles arriving with major faults and minor faults that would have been picked up on a normal service.â€
HiQ has devised two new service packages to combat the issue, with its new â€œGoldâ€ and â€œSilverâ€ services offering an affordable answer to maintaining your car.