Mechanics are charging as much as £230 an hour for labour

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  • Surrey is the most expensive area for labour costs, a new study has revealed
  • Survey of 6,000 garages across the UK revealed the true cost of repair work
  • Three quarters of motorists quizzed said they don’t ask the price of labour
  • Almost a third don’t check their repair bill or service receipt before paying 

It’s the dreaded phone call that makes all car owners shudder – the one that starts with: ‘Hello. There were a few things wrong with your vehicle that needed replacing…’

Many motorists prepare themselves for excessive service costs and repair bills from car garages but new research has shown that labour charges quoted by some mechanics have escalated to astronomical highs.

A new study has found that the average motorist now has to pay £67 an hour to have work carried out on their vehicle, with one garage charging more than £230 for 60 minutes of labour on the cars it services.

Astronomical: A sportscar dealership in Reading was found to be charging £234 an hour for labour alone when servicing and repairing vehicles, a new study said

Astronomical: A sportscar dealership in Reading was found to be charging £234 an hour for labour alone when servicing and repairing vehicles, a new study said

A nationwide study of 6,000 garages across the UK found that Surrey is the most expensive place to have mechanics work on your motor, with an average hourly rate of just over £81.

In contrast, the most affordable location to get your car serviced is the Scottish county of Selkirkshire, with mechanics charging almost £50 an hour to inspect and fix a vehicle.

The survey of labour costs was carried out by automotive servicing company motoreasy, which analysed the labour charges at man dealers, independent workshops and fast-fit outlets up and down the country.

When reviewing the stats, it found that the highest individual hourly labour rate was a staggering £234 an hour was found at a prestige sportscar manufacturer’s dealership in Reading. 

The cheapest individual case was offered by an independent workshop in Manchester, at just £36.

10 MOST EXPENSIVE AREAS FOR LABOUR COSTS

1. Surrey – £81.07 

2. London – £77.42 

3. Worcestershire – £77.16 

4. Berkshire – £76.77 

5. Buckinghamshire – £76.65 

6. Middlesex – £75.86 

7. Hertfordshire – £75.40 

8. Kent – £74.81 

9. East Sussex – £72.72 

10. Bedfordshire – £72.35  

Source: motoreasy 

The figures make painful reading for all car owners, who can check the average labour cost in their area in the table at the bottom of this page.

As expected, franchised workshops are generally more expensive, with an average UK labour rate of £99 compared with an independent garage average of £56, a difference of over 40 per cent.

But many drivers are oblivious to whether they’re being ripped off by mechanics or not, with more than three quarters (77 per cent) of motorists surveyed by motoreasy claiming they have no idea how much the hourly rate was the last time they had their car serviced or repaired.

More than three in five (62 per cent) say they don’t shop around to get the best price before agreeing to having work done on their vehicle and, alarmingly, nearly a third (31 per cent) don’t even check the final bill before paying, according to a panel of 2,000 car owners.

Female motorists are worse than men for not checking what labour rate they are paying, with more than four in five women admitting they don’t know the hourly cost at their regular garage.

Duncan McClure Fisher, motoreasy founder, said: ‘Today’s drivers don’t have the time or, in many cases, the knowledge to make absolutely sure they are getting the best price from garages.

‘It’s not made any easier by the fact that the cost of labour differs so vastly across the UK. Even so, anyone spending money should at least understand how much they are paying and for what.’ 

Three in five motorists don't shop around garages to get the best price, which puts them at risk of being ripped off by auto servicing companies

Three in five motorists don’t shop around garages to get the best price, which puts them at risk of being ripped off by auto servicing companies

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, said drivers should be more active to check what the cost of specific work should be before arranging for their vehicle to be repaired. 

‘With the cost of owning a car constantly increasing, drivers want to feel like they are getting a good deal when they are having their car serviced,’ she said.

‘To get the best deal, drivers should do their research online and investigate the kind of prices they can expect to pay for specific types of repair work. 

‘More importantly, they should consider comparing prices from several mechanics to ensure they are getting the best value for money.’

Confused.com also offers its own ‘garage comparison tool’, which compares quotes from over 8,000 garages across the country so you can check prices in your area.

Below is the full standings for the most- to the least-expensive areas for hourly-rate labour charges given by car mechanics: 

AVERAGE LABOUR COST BY AREA

1. Surrey – £81.07 

2. London – £77.42 

3. Worcestershire – £77.16 

4. Berkshire – £76.77 

5. Buckinghamshire – £76.65 

6. Middlesex – £75.86 

7. Hertfordshire – £75.40 

8. Kent – £74.81 

9. East Sussex – £72.72 

10. Bedfordshire – £72.35 

11. Oxfordshire – £71.79 

12. Essex – £71.72 

13. Wiltshire – £70.70 

14. Hampshire – £70.63 

15. West Midlands – £69.06 

16. Gloucestershire – £68.96 

17. Suffolk – £67.94 

18. Cheshire – £67.32 

19. Tyne and Wear – £66.76 

20. Northamptonshire – £66.22 

21. Dorset – £65.96

22. Lincolnshire – £65.85 

23. Shropshire – £65.44 

24. Somerset – 65.35 

25. Avon – £64.85 

26. Angus – £64.42 

27. Dumfries and Galloway – £63.74 

28. Derbyshire – £63.67 

29. Cleveland – £63.58 

30. North Yorkshire – £63.37 

31. Midlothian – £63.37 

32. Ayrshire – £62.90  

33. Norfolk – £62.88 

34. South Yorkshire – £62.87 

35. Leicestershire – £62.82 

36. Nottinghamshire – £62.57 

37. Devon – £62.50 

38. Lanarkshire – £62.43 

39. Cambridgeshire – £62.26 

40. Staffordshire – £62.06 

41. Cornwall – £61.80 

42. Lancashire – £61.64 

43. Clwyd – £61.41 

44. West Glamorgan – £61.07 

45. Herefordshire – £60.84 

46. Merseyside – £60.64 

47. West Yorkshire – £60.62 

48. Aberdeenshire – £60.48 

49. Fife – £60.44 

50. Stirlingshire – £60.21 

51. Perthshire – £59.59 

52. Belfast – £59.06 

53. Cumbria – £58.59 

54. South Glamorgan – £58.29 

55. Powys – £58.20 

56. Renfrewshire – £57.00 

57. County Durham – £56.99 

58. North Humberside – £56.27 

59. Gwent – £56.19 

60. Outer Hebrides – £56.10 

61. Caithness – £56.10 

62. Inverness – £55.81 

63. Shetland Islands – £53.25 

64. Selkirkshire – £49.69 

Source: motoreasy 






Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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