How much should you be paying your garage when they fix your car?
If you have no clue about mechanics it can sometimes be difficult to work out if you’re being ripped off or not. Until now.
The average cost of nine common vehicle repairs – including replacement part and labour charges – depending on where you live, has been revealed in a new report.
It’s found that Londoners who get the rough end of the deal.
How much? A new report revealed the average cost of parts and labour charged by garages in different parts of the UK when they performend one of nine common vehicle repairs
There are huge differences in the bills motorists receive for repair costs depending on where they are in Britain, the data provided by ClickMechanic for car finance provider Moneybarn shows.
It appears Londoners have to pay more than drivers across the rest of the UK when it comes to having their motors fixed.
The most shocking comparison is the average price of a cylinder head gasket replacement.
In London, drivers are charged on average £821 to have this part replaced. The same job is £202 cheaper in the West Midlands, proving there’s a huge premium charged by mechanics in the capital for their time.
|UK REGION||CAR PART AND LABOUR COST FOR REPAIRS (£)|
|Clutch||Cambelt||Front Brake Pads||Alternator||Starter Motor||Battery||Water Pump||Cylinder Head Gasket||Fuel Filter|
|Yorkshire & Humber||574||456||90||376||343||169||132||735||64|
|Average Car Part Price**||91.2||58.16||18.53||89.44||66.53||49.24||27.95||22.3||7.77|
Moneybarn said there was also a significant difference when you look at a fuel filter replacement, which is a part that needs to be replaced frequently.
Londoners are being charged, on average, £79 for this repair.
With the cost of the part (on average) being less than £8, it means drivers are forking out £71 just for the mechanic’s time.
In the North West, garages are billing motorists £20 less for the same service.
The report said battery replacements had the lowest labour costs.
The finance provider said the research showed there is a ‘clear north/south divide’ when it comes to labour costs, with London, East Anglia, South East, East Midlands and the South West seeing the largest repair charges.
Motorists in the North West are charged the least for labour on average, with Scotland being the second cheapest region for all car repairs except a replacement cylinder head gasket.
Londoners face the biggest mechanic labour costs, while motorists in the North West and Scotland are charged the least
Simon Bayley, sales and marketing director at Moneybarn, said the price difference between the cost of car parts and labour costs is ‘staggering’, especially when comparing the bills of motorists living in the north and the south.
‘Understanding that some of these repairs can take over four hours to fix, there is no surprise mechanics charge a significant amount for labour,’ he said.
‘But for those repairs that don’t take up too much time, it’s quite shocking to see how much these can cost.
‘That said, you can’t put a price tag on the safety of motorists and the public. Regular maintenance upkeep should help prevent major problems occurring with your vehicle.
‘If drivers do find a fault, they should take it to a garage immediately. You can still do research from home to find reasonable garage and mechanic costs in your area.’
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