From keeping a car clean to fixing a cracked windshield, car maintenance is an ongoing occurrence through the life of your vehicle. However, a recent survey found that many respondents aren’t afraid to let some car maintenance issues slide.

“We conducted this car care survey to see how seriously people are taking the upkeep of their vehicles,” Phong Ly, CEO and Co-Founder of said. “The results show that some of the maintenance issues respondents admit to postponing could lead to hazardous driving situations.”

We surveyed 1,000 participants and asked them to select which car maintenance issues they would procrastinate or delay fixing (multiple answers allowed), 26.3% of respondents said “car needs cleaning inside/outside,” 14% said “cracked windshield,” 13.5% said “overdue for oil change,” 4.8% said “odd brake or engine noise” and 2.2% said “tire changed with temporary ‘doughnut’ tire,” 47.2% said “none of the above.”

Perhaps not very surprising but men seemed to be the bigger procrastinators in comparison to women. 26.5% of men (vs. 23.5% of women) acknowledged they delayed interior/exterior car cleaning, with 43.4% of men in the Midwest leading the respondents.  Men were also the top respondents (16.8%) in postponing fixing a cracked windshield, versus women (11.9%).

When it comes to overdue oil changes, 16.8% of women said they procrastinate versus 13.4% of men. That oil change response jumps to 38.5% of females vs. 11.1% of males when only looking at respondents with an income of $75-$99K.

While delaying car cleaning, cracked windshield, and oil change may be understandable, we were surprised to find close to 7% of the people surveyed would put off things that may cause a hazard: fixing an odd brake or engine noise and continuing to drive a vehicle on a temporary tire.  About the same percentage of men and women would delay looking into an odd brake or engine noise but twice as many men as women would delay replacing a temporary tire.


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