Friday, 7 August 2015

Two thirds of employees don’t plan ahead for vehicle maintenance costs

At some point in our lives, an unfortunately-timed mechanic bill will make its way into our hands. With the cost of vehicle repairs increasing, employee downtime as a result of car trouble is the last thing a business needs.

And this type of downtime is happening far too often according to Staffordshire employee benefits firm, Busy Bees Benefits. The company has released an infographic detailing the hassle of unexpected car trouble. The infographic has a particular focus on the impact it has on work-life - revealing that less than 15% of employees have vehicle warranty in place to cover maintenance costs.

Consequently employers in areas with insufficient public transport are most at risk, as employees struggle to travel into work.

With research supplied by Which? Car Survey, AM-Online and Consumer Reports, the infographic perfectly summarises the fact that employees are failing to plan ahead for the cost of vehicle maintenance. With two thirds admitting that they don’t plan ahead for the unexpected expenses.

However, all is not lost. The Car Care scheme offered by Busy Bees Benefits can help to eliminate the high costs of vehicle maintenance by up to 50%. The scheme covers servicing, MOTs, repairs and new tyres and is free of charge for employers to offer to their staff.

Employees who wish to take part in the scheme pay a one off annual fee and receive access to over 16,000 approved garages. As part of the service, technical experts are on hand to speak to the garages on their behalf, ensuring only fair prices are paid and no work is undertaken without prior permission. Employees also get a personalised 'myGarage' website area where they can keep track of their savings, print their service history and enter their MOT information in order to receive annual reminders.

“Our aim is to help remove the expense and hassle out of maintaining your car,” commented John Woodward, CEO of Busy Bees Benefits. “It’s evident that there is a real problem with planning ahead for car maintenance costs and employers often suffer for it.  

“The Car Care scheme enables employees to look after their car in a cost-effective way. Employees receive reminders for MOTs, whilst advisors handle booking and payment arrangements for them.

“The scheme reduces the risk of downtime as a result of absenteeism or lateness. Employees are happy and the workforce is more productive,” he concluded.

Anybody interested in the scheme can contact Busy Bees Benefits on 0330 333 9100 or on

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