Jun 112014
 
Warranty Direct Labour Rates

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The maximum cost per hour for a garage mechanic’s time has reached a remarkable new high of £215, a massive £15 increase since last year annual labour rates study.

The UK’s average labour rate overall for main dealer and non-franchised workshops combined, stands at £74.33. Data that has been analysed from more than 10,000 cases taken over the country.reached a remarkable new high of £215, a massive £15 increase since last year annual labour rates study.

67 counties were included in the study, of which London is the most expensive location to fix a car, with an average of £91.99 per hour (franchised and non-franchised garages combined).

A franchised workshop in West London was found charging £215 per hour; the highest rate ever recorded by Warranty Direct in the 11 years since the study commenced. Two further garages were also found to be billing at more than £200 an hour within the London area.

The top 10 dearest regions were dominated by the South East, with Surrey and Middlesex taking second and third positions. South Glamorgan in Wales was the only county (includes city of Cardiff) that was not a region surrounding London.

The majority of the least expensive garages were made up of places in the North of England and Scotland, with County Antrim in Northern Ireland and Cornwall in the South West completing the most frugal 10.

Top 10 most expensive regions for garage labour rates (franchised and non-franchised combined)

REGION AVERAGE COST FOR AN HOUR’S LABOUR (£) % DIFFERENCE TO 2013
London

£91.99

3.0%

Surrey

£85.83

1.7%

Middlesex

£85.17

2.5%

South Glamorgan

£83.43

10.0%

Berkshire

£81.75

1.7%

Kent

£80.81

1.6%

Essex

£80.63

-0.5%

Hertfordshire

£80.62

-0.4

Buckinghamshire

£79.51

-0.9%

West Sussex

£77.76

2.4%

 

Top 10 least expensive regions for garage labour rates (franchised and non-franchised combined)

REGION AVERAGE COST FOR AN HOUR’S LABOUR (£) % DIFFERENCE TO 2013
Angus

£58.46

-5.8%

East Lothian

£60.28

-6.2%

County Durham

£62.45

-9.2%

Ayrshire

£65.18

-2.8%

Humberside

£65.32

-3.5%

North Yorkshire

£65.43

-3.1%

County Antrim

£65.69

-3.7%

South Yorkshire

£65.98

-5.1%

Cumbria

£66.34

-6.7%

Cornwall

£66.45

2.9%

 

Cleveland in The North East, where average bills were up 15% year-on-year and Warwickshire, which saw rates drop by 10% were the biggest risers and fallers. There was a 0.29% increase in the average price change across the country.

In addition, we evaluated the price gap between franchised and non-franchised. This year, the average main dealer hourly rate (£92.11) was 44.9% higher than the average non-franchised rate (£63.56)

Franchised premises in 2006 were 83% dearer than non-franchised; meaning the price gap between main dealers and independent garages has closed up by almost 40% over the last eight years. An increase in the average rate at independent garages, up from £49.61 in 2006 to £63.56 (28.1% increase) an hour in 2014 has caused this surge in price. Meanwhile, main dealers have been more steady, increasing from £91.07 to £92.11 (1.1% increase) over the same period.

Price difference between non-franchised & franchised (2006-2014)

2006

+83.57%

2007

+78.91%

2008

+70.23%

2009

+60.71%

2010

+62.06%

2011

+57.93%

2012

+48.56%

2013

+44.22%

2014

+44.9%

 

David Gerrans, Warranty Direct managing director, 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 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.”

Warranty Direct (www.warrantydirect.co.uk) is the UK’s leading direct-to-consumer insurer for car, van and bike mechanical and electrical failures.