A new survey has revealed that the maximum cost of an hour of a garage mechanic’s time has reached an all-time high of £215.
The annual labour rates study, which was carried out by Warranty Direct, looked at both dealer and non-franchised workshops up and down the country to analyse the average costs to customers.
Overall, after analysing data from more than 10,000 cases, the UK’s average labour rate stands at £74.33 per hour.
Not surprisingly, the most expensive county in which to have a car fixed is London, where it costs on average £91.99 per hour.
The highest individual hourly garage labour rate can also be found in the Capital. One franchised workshop in West London was found to be charging £215 an hour, the highest rate ever recorded by Warranty Direct in the 11 years of the study. Two other garages were billing at more than £200 an hour.
Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said; “While labour rates remain fairly steady, London continues to set new benchmarks for the cost of getting car repairs, with a jaw-dropping rate from one garage that would have many motorists rubbing their eyes in disbelief.”
The price gap between franchised and non-franchised was also evaluated. In this year’s study, the average main dealer hourly rate (£92.11) was 44.9% more than the average non-franchised rate (£63.56) – although the gap between the two figures is down from 2006.
“The shrinking price difference between main dealers and non-franchised workshops could be due to the increasing popularity of dearer fast-fits and auto centres that seem to be taking business away from less expensive independents, as well as the advent of manufacturer schemes that offer discounts for older cars and help keep the overall franchised rate down,” David Gerrans added.
Car owners should head north if they want the services of a cheap mechanic, with the North of England and Scotland making up the majority of the least expensive places to fix your car.
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