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Calling All Women: Don’t Let the Garage Take you for a Ride!

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No one likes to feel like they’re being ripped off, but we’ve discovered that a lot of women think this is guaranteed when they go to a garage, and it’s made us pretty darn mad.

We asked over 1,000 female drivers in the UK about their garage experiences, and almost two-thirds think that they’ve been quoted too much for car repairs, with almost two-thirds of this number believing that it’s because they’re female. What?!

Meanwhile, 64% of the women who were quoted too much said they felt that the garage mechanics assumed they didn’t know enough about cars, while 39% thought they were deemed gullible enough to fall for it.

It looks like the car maintenance industry still lags behind other businesses in terms of gender discrimination, with sexism still existing at many garages in the UK. We’ve all heard the odd story, but the fact that it seems to be happening so often is pretty shocking in 2016.

So how are women getting round this? Well, almost a quarter of those we spoke to who felt the garage was simply being sexist now bring a male friend with them to avoid being ripped off, compared to just 1.7% who bring another female friend. Meanwhile, 34% go to a different garage altogether!

So should women just accept that they’re going to fall victim to outdated stereotypes? Hell no! If you need tyres, take away the potentially intimidating garage environment and let the service come to you!

Ever felt like you’ve been overcharged just because of your gender? Share you story.


Notes to editors:

*Female drivers who have ever visited a garage were asked “Have you ever felt that garage mechanics were deliberately quoting you too much for a job on your car?” Those who responded “yes” were then asked why, with 61.5% selecting the option “because I’m female”.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from The Leadership Factor. Total sample size was 1,077 UK adult females. Fieldwork was undertaken 15-20 April 2016. The survey was carried out online.

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