Sunday 26 February 2017

Motorists driven round the bend with new car technology

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

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Motorists bamboozled by the high-tech electrical gadgetry in their 161-registered cars are fuelling a surge in new vehicle breakdowns.

The AA has attended over four call-outs a day from new car owners in January alone.

Last month, it attended 741 car breakdowns where the vehicle was less than one year old. AA spokesman Conor Faughnan said in many cases a "glitch" in the software was to blame for the breakdowns.

He said modern cars are increasingly complex machines and include finely tuned electronics and software that can be prone to "teething issues".

And, increasingly, complicated car electronics have prompted a surge in what can prove to be expensive technical and mechanical problems.

The latest high-tech equipment can also cause confusion for the person behind the wheel.

"Buying a new car means you get the benefits of the latest advances in technology, comfort and security.

"But often that means an array of complex - and confusing - issues to deal with," he said.

"Non-starting is a popular find in new car breakdowns, and it can be daunting for any motorist, seasoned or not, to even begin diagnosing what exactly is the problem."

He stressed motorists should regularly familiarise themselves with their car's service manual and settings.

Irish Independent

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