British motorists ‘face 10% rise in car repair bills after hard Brexit’

Car industry is latest trade group to issue warning, saying WTO tariffs and customs checks will ramp up maintenance costs

British motorists face a 10% rise in the cost of their annual car service and repair bills if the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal, an industry body has warned.

The UK’s collective car repair bill could rise by more than £2bn due to tariffs and other barriers arising from a hard Brexit, according to a report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which assumes the UK is forced to fall back on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

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