A new survey from automotive repair and replacement specialists Kwik Fit has revealed that 43 per cent of motorists admit to driving damaged cars, the equivalent of 16 million potentially dangerous vehicles on UK roads.
The Consumer Intelligence survey found that damaged body work is the most common vehicle issue, as cited by over half of all motorists who admitted to driving damaged cars.
One of the second most common problems is a cracked or chipped windscreen, while a shocking nine per cent of respondents revealed they drove with bald tyres, dashboard warning lights on and faulty windscreen wipers.
Motorists cite tight finances as the reason for not rectifying these potentially dangerous issues, while 29 per cent of drivers say they are simply happy to live with the issue.
Roger Griggs, director of communications at Kwik Fit, said: "Many of these problems may sound minor, but issues such as chipped windscreens or bald tyres have the potential to be very dangerous. In many cases, motorists are putting off vehicle repairs to save time and money, but in the long run, this can be a lot more costly and time consuming if these faults get worse.
The survey also revealed that motorists living in the capital are most likely to be driving damaged vehicles, with 60 per cent of London drivers admitting to some kind of vehicular fault.
Motorists in the North East are the least likely to allow an issue to remain as only 37 per cent admitted to getting behind the wheel of a damaged car.