Inflation-busting garage labour rates breach £200...
2011-09-13
Inflation-busting garage labour rates breach £200
 


The escalating cost of motoring continues as mechanics’ rates climb to new heights – soaring above £200 at one dealer – according to Warranty Direct’s annual Labour Rates Survey.

With the average garage labour rate (franchised dealers and independent workshops combined) rising by 7.5%, well above the current 4.5% inflation rate, an hour of a mechanic’s time now costs £80.44, up from £74.82 in 2010.

The survey also revealed franchised dealer workshops to be 57% more expensive on average than their non-franchised counterparts, the widest gap seen for years.

While some car owners will shell out only £35 an hour at the cheapest independent workshops, others pay a staggering £202.21 – the highest labour rate ever seen by Warranty Direct.

The average franchised dealer labour rate is £95.83 (up from £90.59 last year), while independents typically charge £60.68 (£55.90 in 2010).

As well as inflation, part of the franchised dealer price increase could be attributed to discounted fixed-price servicing. This new trend, whereby motorists pay a large up front bill for two, three or four year service bundles, could mean that dealers are funding discounts by charging much more for standard repairs and servicing, and for those who simply break down unexpectedly.

Top 10 most expensive regions for garage labour rates

Region Average cost for an hour’s labour (£)
Middlesex 98.21
Gwynedd 97.16
Hertfordshire 97.14
Berkshire 93.38
Surrey 91.51
Pembrokeshire 91.34
Bath & NE Somerset 91.02
London 90.81
Buckinghamshire 90.27
Midlothian 87.93



Top 10 least expensive regions for garage labour rates

Region Average cost for an hour’s labour (£)
Dumfries & Galloway 54.82
Inverclyde 55.38
West Lothian 58.31
Renfrewshire 59.17
Clwyd 61.86
County Durham 63.45
Monmouthshire 64.70
Humberside 64.78
South Humberside 66.62
Northumberland 66.66

Warranty Direct’s survey shows Middlesex to be the most expensive postcode to get cars repaired – charging £98.21 on average. In contrast, those lucky enough to break down in Dumfries and Galloway will usually pay £54.82. The most dramatic year-on-year rises were in Gwent (+26.9%) and East Sussex (+24.3%). Conversely, Manchester benefitted from a near 10% fall in rates on average.
Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct said: “Drivers might have hoped there’d be some reprieve from the staggering costs of motoring, but no, they’re getting clobbered yet again.

“To think that some workshops are charging in excess of £200 an hour is astounding – that’s equivalent to some people’s weekly wage. Motoring costs are approaching an unsustainable level.

“There’s been a move to push fixed priced service deals, but the knock-on effect is that dealers then charge much more for anybody who isn’t locked in and, once the car is on site, it’s often impractical to find a better price.”

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month. All policies protect against wear & tear, failures caused by uninsured parts and failures found during a service or MOT.

For more information on the reliability of your vehicle, visit www.reliabilityindex.com, or for a quote on cover www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

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Average Labour rates by region

Region Average cost for an hour’s labour (£) Percentage difference to 2010
Aberdeenshire 72.61 3.42
Angus 72.05 13.41
Ayrshire 83.05 7.76
Bath & NE Somerset 91.02 3.92
Bedfordshire 71.82 11.58
Berkshire 93.38 11.13
Brighton & Hove 79.41 -4.56
Buckinghamshire 90.27 13.69
Calderdale 71.01 15.7
Cambridgeshire 78.8 7.01
Cardiff 82.93 3.93
Cheshire 81.35 5.13
City of Bristol 76.1 10.95
Cleveland 76.8 17.57
Clwyd 61.86 2.58
Cornwall 66.78 1.3
County Antrim 77.1 3.53
County Durham 63.45 9.45
Cumbria 77.31 10.44
Derbyshire 78.69 6.67
Devon 73.71 3.35
Dorset 74.32 11.42
Dumfries & Galloway 54.82 -13.31
Dyfed 68.31 22.09
East Riding of Yorks 87.06 13.87
East Sussex 80.49 24.43
Edinburgh City 84.47 18.7
Essex 87.81 10.3
Fife 69.29 18.67
Glasgow City 76.5 12.39
Gwent 79.34 26.9
Gwynedd 97.16 16.12
Hampshire 81.8 3.14
Herefordshire 78.19 5.03
Hertfordshire 97.14 11.05
Humberside 64.78 3.01
Inverclyde 55.38 -
Inverness-shire 71.11 22.06
Kent 85.34 12.95
Lanarkshire 73.82 21.85
Lancashire 75.53 4.62
Leicestershire 79.01 12.38
Lincolnshire 73.83 2.71
London 90.81 8.69
Manchester 72.54 -9.79
Merseyside 77.46 10.82
Middlesex 98.21 12.22
Midlothian 87.93 -
Monmouthshire 64.7 -
Norfolk 74.34 -0.25
North Humberside 67.47 -
North Yorkshire 78.38 2.46
Northamptonshire 75.45 15.38
Northumberland 66.66 23.99
Nottinghamshire 75.99 8.17
Oxfordshire 76.63 5.44
Pembrokeshire 91.34 18.24
Perthshire 80.75 -4.68
Renfrewshire 59.17 9.87
Shropshire 78.36 3.56
Somerset 73.18 6.14
South Humberside 66.62 -1.46
South Yorkshire 70.83 3.82
Staffordshire 71.78 -4.93
Stirlingshire 70.78 13.79
Suffolk 80.11 0.44
Surrey 91.51 4.47
Tyne & Wear 71.99 3.84
Warwickshire 82.75 3.55
West Glamorgan 76.99 0.6
West Lothian 58.31 8.77
West Midlands 73.94 14.27
West Sussex 82.77 9.22
West Yorkshire 72.93 10.2
Wiltshire 77.19 9.88
Worcestershire 77.77 6.35

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