How to repair a broken car
It is a common sight in most countries, a car wheel that has gone missing, but rarely is it repaired because the owner refuses to fix it.
A similar story has unfolded in the United States, where many car owners refuse to fix broken tires or a broken brake system, saying they are too expensive.
In the United Kingdom, the number of complaints about faulty car parts has skyrocketed in the past year.
Many are related to cars that have been damaged by natural disasters, like floods or earthquakes, or in which owners have been left without power for months or even years.
The UK is now facing its second major earthquake of 2017, which has brought severe flooding to parts of the country and caused widespread damage to vehicles and homes.
It is a problem that is not limited to Britain.
In the United Arab Emirates, where the government is struggling to rebuild after the devastating floods of 2013, residents have complained about problems with their cars that require constant repairs.
While it is common for car owners to refuse to repair any parts that they find to be broken, they have become increasingly vocal about their frustrations with the state of the car and their frustration at being unable to afford the repair.
“My husband and I both had broken tires last year,” said Saima, a 24-year-old from the southern city of Al Wair, as she sat in the carpool lane.
I have lost all my tires, and my husband has lost all his money.
I don’t have the money, and I’m just trying to live.
She was speaking to a reporter from the Al Jazeera English channel in Abu Dhabi.
Al Wair is a popular city in the UAE, and a major industrial hub.
Saima and her husband are the only family to have been able to rebuild their cars.
Since they first purchased the car, Saimas’ tires have lasted for more than two years, she said.
But now, after two years of using the car every day, the tires are starting to fail.
When the water level rises and the temperature rises, she has no choice but to wait until the water recedes, before starting again.
Even when she is able to get her tires repaired, the condition is very different.
If she can’t afford it, she will go to a garage, and when the water subsides, she might just have to wait another day or two.
She said she has lost almost all her money in her car, which she has taken on loan to pay for repairs.
Saimans family is just one of many people who have lost their cars as a result of the floods and storms that hit the country last year.
‘I feel like a victim’ In the UAE the number one cause of car accidents has been the inability of people to repair their vehicles, the BBC reported.
Many people have complained that repairs are too costly and that the government has failed to provide enough funds for the repairs.
The government has also denied that its budget for repairs has been cut.
As a result, many people are finding it difficult to get work in the sector.
In April, the Ministry of Transport announced it had allocated 1 billion dirhams ($10 million) for repairs and rehabilitation of vehicles, but only around half that amount has been paid.
There are about 13 million cars in the country, according to the government, and the majority of them are old, with no-one able to fix them.
To get to the front of the queue, many car buyers have resorted to hiring a “mobility driver,” who drives a car and is able for a short period to fix any issues before they are fixed by the owner.
However, these people are often inexperienced and have to pay higher prices than the regular repair shop.
Some owners are also resorting to “renting out” their cars to others, in order to make money.
A spokesperson for the Ministry said that repairs would not be affected by this phenomenon.
Government spokesman Ahmed al-Mansour told Al Jazeera that it is difficult to determine the exact number of vehicles in the private sector.
Mansours said the Ministry is working with the industry to increase the number and quality of vehicles that are repaired.
According to Mansour, the ministry plans to invest in more “mobile repair shops” and increase the amount of money it spends on repairs.
He said the ministry will also expand its efforts to educate the public about repairs.
“The government is committed to increasing the number [of cars] and repairing them properly, and it is important that people have the knowledge that it will be done properly and that they can trust the government with it,” he said.
“If we want to save the car industry, then we have to do this in a timely manner, so that we can restore it to its former glory.”
Al Jazeera’s Zuhaira Ali contributed to this report.