According to a recent survey by Saga Motor Insurance, the number of individuals over age 50 who participate in basic car maintenance has been almost cut in half in the last five years.

The survey showed that only 10 percent of older car owners are likely to do their own basic repairs on their vehicle, down from 17 percent who would perform their own vehicle maintenance in 2007. Furthermore, the Saga poll found that five years ago, 60 percent of individuals would take their cars to a garage for easy problems to fix, like changing an auto battery or oil filter, and nowadays the latest poll showed that 77 percent of people would go to the garage for the comparatively easy repairs. That is costing individuals more money, said Roger Ramsden, chief executive of Saga Services.

"Learning how to do minor repairs could save a lot of money - as long as you know what you're doing," he said.

Nearly 9,000 customers were polled in the survey on do it yourself maintenance. It also showed that men were more likely than women to do their own repairs. Only 2 percent of women over 50 would try to fix their own car, compared to 15 percent of men over age 50.