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More than every other Frenchman repairs their car even at least occasionally without going to the workshop

While 89% of French people say they have a car in their household, owning a vehicle is still a source of restrictions. With an increasingly aging fleet, the need to maintain and repair his car is part of motorists’ everyday lives.

The French do not always use a mechanic to perform car repairs.

The online distributor of used car parts Opisto delivers the results of its survey on the French report for car repairs without going to the workshop.

Among the main results of this study:

– More than every other Frenchman repairs their car even at least occasionally without going to the workshop.
– Both men and women say that they repair their car themselves (52% for each)
– 79% of French people who repair their car would be willing to use used car parts.
– 97% of those who oppose the use of used car parts justify their rejection with a lack of confidence in the quality of the used part or its origin.

Despite frequent use of a mechanic, more than half of French people (52%) state that they perform certain repairs, and every fourth person states that they often repair their car themselves.

Contrary to stereotypes that can be conveyed on the subject, there are no differences between men and women on this subject, the practice of home repair is claimed 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 the rural municipalities are more willing to repair their car themselves (61%).

“The results of this study revealed what we see on a daily basis on Opisto.fr: Many French people repair their cars themselves. At Opisto, we see a real enthusiasm from individuals, and it concerns both men and women. However, we are convinced that professionals remain an important part of guaranteeing reliable car repairs. “ comments Laurent Assis-Arantes, co-founder of Opisto.

79% of amateur repairers would be ready to use used car parts, of which more than one in three say they are completely ready (35%).

While both men and women are open to using used parts (79% and 78% respectively), men express less reservations in this regard: 41% of them say they are completely ready to use spare parts used cars in their repairs compared with 29% of women.

Regardless of their age, income level, or even the type of vehicle they drive, French “repairers” are not barred from using used car parts.

Trust is the first barrier for those who oppose using used car parts. 97% of them justify their refusal with a lack of trust: 64% in the quality of the part and 52% in its origin.

Repairing your personal vehicle seems to be a widespread activity among both men and women, and repairing your own vehicle seems to be more a matter of interest than of funds. The event seems to have some success among amateur mechanics. The French therefore seem to be in demand when it comes to used parts. And for those for whom the interest in used parts needs to be proven, they ask above all to be convinced on two points: that they are guaranteed the origin and quality of the purchased parts.

In 2021, recycled parts accounted for only 3.6% of the replaced accessories.

“Since 2010, Opisto has been working to democratize access to used car parts that are guaranteed, controlled and 70% cheaper than new. The challenge for Opisto is to continue to assure the motorist both about the origin, but also about the quality of our used parts that we offer. ” ends Laurent Assis-Arantes.

Source: OpinionWay survey for Opisto

Method: survey conducted by OpinionWay in April 2022 with a sample of 1,044 people, representative of the French population aged 18 and over, made up according to the quota method with regard to the criteria gender, age, socio-professional category, category of urban area and region of residence.

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