More than one in two French people repair their car, at least occasionally, without going to the garage
Although 89% of French people say they have a car in their home, having a vehicle is still a source of limitation. With a growing fleet, the need to maintain and repair the car is part of the daily life of motorists.
The French do not always use a mechanic to do car repairs.
Online car parts dealer Opisto delivers the results of its survey on the French report on car repairs without going to the garage.
Among the main findings of this survey:
– More than one in two French people repair their car, at least occasionally, without going to the garage.
– Both men and women say they repair the car themselves (52% each)
– 79% of French people who repair their car would be willing to use second-hand parts.
– 97% of those opposed to the use of second-hand car parts justify their refusal by the lack of confidence in the quality of the second-hand part or its origin.
Despite frequent use of a mechanic, more than half of French people (52%) say they carry out certain repairs, and one in four people say they often repair their car themselves.
Contrary to the stereotypes that can be conveyed on the subject, there are no differences between men and women in this matter, the practice of home repair is vindicated by both men and women. However, it is interesting to note that young women (under 35) are more likely to repair their car themselves (38%) than older men (over 35) (26%).
It should be noted that the inhabitants of rural municipalities are more willing to repair their car themselves (61%).
“The results of this survey revealed what we see every day on Opisto.fr: many French people repair their cars themselves. We see in Opisto a real enthusiasm on the part of individuals and this affects both men and women. However, we are convinced that professionals continue to be an essential link in ensuring reliable vehicle repairs. ” says Laurent Assis-Arantes, co-founder of Opisto.
79% of amateur repairmen would be prepared to use second-hand car parts, of which more than one in three say they are fully prepared (35%).
Although both men and women are open to the use of second-hand garments (79% and 78%, respectively), men express less reservations in this regard: 41% of them say they are fully prepared to use car parts used in their repairs compared to 29.% of women.
Regardless of their age, income level or even the type of vehicle they drive, French “repairers” are not closed to the use of second-hand car parts.
Confidence is the first barrier for those who are reluctant to use used car parts. 97% of them justify their refusal by a lack of confidence: 64% in the quality of the piece and 52% in its origin.
Personal vehicle repair seems to be a widespread activity among both men and women, and repairing one’s own vehicle seems more a matter of interest than of means. The occasion seems to have some success among amateur mechanics. So the French seem to be in high demand when it comes to second hand pieces. And for those for whom the interest of the second-hand pieces remains to be demonstrated, they ask above all to be convinced in two points: that the origin and the quality of the acquired pieces are guaranteed to them.
In 2021, reused parts accounted for only 3.6% of replaced accessories.
“Since 2010, Opisto has been working to democratize access to guaranteed, controlled and 70% cheaper second-hand car parts than new ones. Opisto’s challenge is to continue to assure the motorcyclist both about the origin and the quality of the used parts we offer. “ concludes Laurent Assis-Arantes.
Source: OpinionWay poll for Opisto
Methodology: opinion poll conducted by OpinionWay in April 2022 with a sample of 1,044 people, representative of the French population aged 18 and over, constituted according to the method of quotas, in terms of criteria of sex, age, socio-professional category, category d agglomeration. and region of residence.
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