%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%Nearly half of drivers in the UK spend more disposable income on their car than anything else, according to a survey.
Spending on cars (47%) easily outweighs the amount spent on holidays (21%) and socialising with friends (13%), the poll from Halfords Autocentres showed.
But the survey also found that 10% of drivers were cutting back on car maintenance to save money.
Of those cutting back, 41% placed the reliability and safety of their car last in their list of motoring concerns, while almost 60% did not service their cars according to manufacturer guidelines, and 43% admitted only replacing tyres when they were at or below the legal minimum.
Rory Carlin from Halfords Autocentres said: "Despite a rise in personal earnings, stable inflation and fuel prices that are at a three-year low, drivers feel that they are already paying a high enough price for their motoring and are unwilling to spend more on anything they feel is unnecessary.
"However, car maintenance isn't just necessary, it is essential, and we have uncovered some shocking admissions that are likely to be a hangover from the recession."
The cheapest cars to insure
Car spending 'more than holidays'
Price new: £5,995
Dacia has made a big impact in the UK with its line of affordable motors.
The Sandero is the foundation of the brand's offering and is famed for being the UK's cheapest car.
With a group two insurance classification it's also one of the cheapest cars to insure right now.
The entry level Access model is sparsely equipped, but it has a practical interior, big boot and low running costs.
Price new: £8,060
The Seat Mii is a small city car which Auto Express praises for its spacious interior, good build quality and supple ride.
All models are in insurance group one, bar the group two Sport version.
The Mii is available in three-door or five-door styles, but both measure just 3.5 metres, making it perfect for getting around town.
Price new: £8,090
The Skoda Citigo was crowned Auto Express Best City Car 2013.
The magazine praised its low running costs and practicality as well as its grown up driving experience.
Like its Mii stable mate the Citigo has group one insurance in all apart from its top specification model, making it one of the cheapest cars to insure.
Price new: £8,265
The third of the Volkswagen's group of three city cars to make the list is the Up!
Auto Express says the Up! was 'born to rule' city streets with its small dimensions and lightweight body.
There's three versions of this fun city car; Take Up! has a group one rating as does Move Up! while the higher spec High Up! gets a group two classification.
Price new: £8,345
The Hyundai i10 is another car which can get you a cheap insurance quote thanks to a group one insurance rating across all the 1.0-litre petrol models.
Auto Express says the new 2014 i10 offers big car features in a small package. And for £8,345 you also get Hyundai's five-year warranty and roadside assistance package.
Price new: £8,995
Vauxhall has managed to squeeze one of its full sized Corsas into insurance group two.
Auto Express says the 1.0-litre ecoFlex model has the lowest insurance costs of any mainstream supermini.
The eye-catching design, solid interior and big-car features make it an appealing buy for drivers.
Price new: £9,575
The Smart car caused a bit of a stir when it first appeared thanks to its dinky dimensions and bold two-seat layout, making it very useful for driving about town and absurdly easy to park.
The Smart ForTwo is the latest incarnation, which keeps to the same formula; it still has only two seats and is one of the smallest cars on the road measuring just 2.5 metres long,
The entry level 0.8- and 1.0-litre models qualify for group two insurance.
Price new: £11,810
The Peugeot Partner Tepee 1.6 VTi is the passenger version of the Partner van and according to Auto Express easily the most spacious new car that currently qualifies for a group two insurance rating.
It's got a boxy shape that provides plenty of room and has sliding doors which make it a very practical and flexible family car.
If you're after something smaller the Peugeot Bipper Tepee, which is the smallest of Peugeot's family of Tepee MPVs, also gets a group two insurance rating.