Apr 222014
 

ServicingLet’s state the obvious shall we? Shopping around for servicing could save families hundreds. What Car? analysed costs for 10 of the most popular cars in the UK across eight regions and found an average gap of £126 between the cheapest and most expensive services.

Apparently Scottish and Welsh motorists enjoy the cheapest prices in the UK on average (£210 and £217 respectively), while the South East is the most expensive region, with an average cost of £244.

According to What Car? Magazine Scottish and Welsh motorists enjoy the cheapest prices in the UK on average (£210 and £217 respectively), while the South East is the most expensive region, with an average cost of £244.

Table showing average service costs by region

Region Average service cost
Scotland £210
Wales £217
North East £218
West £223
Midlands £225
North West £235
London £242
South East £244

 

What Car? analysed the cost of the first service (including VAT) for the 10 most searched-for cars on its website.

In some cases, the difference in costs by region meant that car owners willing to shop around and travel could make significant savings, equivalent to slap-up lunches in a three-star Michelin restaurant, nights in four-star hotels or family days out.

Emma Butcher, consumer editor of What Car?, said: “The cost of running a car is often a strain on already stretched household bills. That’s particularly the case with servicing because it is one of those items that could be sacrificed to save pennies.

“It pays in peace of mind to have your car serviced yearly, and it needn’t be such a bitter financial pill to swallow if you put in a little time.

“Just remember that nearest can also be dearest – just because your local dealer is more convenient doesn’t mean it will be most cost-effective.”

Among the 10 models analysed by What Car?, even different vehicles built in the same factory, or with the same mechanical underpinnings, generated varying service costs.

The Audi A3, Seat Leon, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf share many components, including engines, but What Car? found that it costs almost two thirds (62%) more on average to service an A3 over an Octavia. In Wales, that increase in cost leapt to 93%.

Table showing service costs for 10 popular models

Model Average Price Highest Lowest Difference
Range Rover £444 £587 £367 £220
Nissan Juke £199 £309 £149 £160
Vauxhall Zafira £184 £289 £138 £151
Peugeot 3008 £199 £257 £125 £132
BMW X3 £254 £325 £198 £127
Audi A1 £250 £306 £183 £123
Volkswagen Golf £174 £245 £139 £106
Ford Fiesta £170 £219 £121 £98
Mercedes-Benz C-Class £260 £297 £216 £81
Toyota Yaris £136 £165 £109 £56

Emma Butcher said: “When you buy a car with a premium badge you pay up front on the cost of the car, but it’s worth remembering that the additional outlay is transferred across the life of the car.”

For great MOT & servicing prices visit MOT Angel to benefit from a network of vetted garages as well as engineers dealing with the garage for you to prevent unnecessary repairs. If you have an extended warranty in place you will need to get it serviced annually and this is a cost efficient method of validating your warranty.

May 172007
 

43Motorists may be benefiting from increased competition to get their cars serviced, but some dealers are still charging over 200 percent more than neighbouring garages.

European laws aimed at removing restrictions on servicing new cars have allowed Fast Fit chains and independent garages to compete for work that was previously controlled by dealers, according to data from motoreasy.com, the all-in-one car maintenance company.

The firm analysed a basket of five popular models across franchised dealers, independent garages, independent specialists and Fast Fit centres.

Although franchised workshops remain more than 50 percent more expensive on average, there are significant signs that competition is forcing prices downwards. In 12 percent of cases, independent garages came out more expensive than their manufacturer supported peers.

However, that’s not always the case.

In one example, a Glasgow dealer quoted £414 to service a Mercedes C Class C200 when an independent garage chain was willing to undertake the work for just £135 – a massive 206 percent difference.

The data from motoreasy.com also highlighted the differences in servicing costs across the country.

The analysis of a basket of three-year old vehicles in London, Birmingham and Glasgow found the Capital was by far the most expensive at £216.88 on average. In comparison, the cost fell to £180.75 in Birmingham, and just £157.46 in Glasgow – or 38% cheaper.

Type   of Centre

London   (average from basket)

Birmingham

(average   from basket)

Glasgow

(average   from basket)

Fast   Fit

£145.00

£139.00

£153.19

Independent   Chain

£224.99

£190.59

£132.80

Specialist   Independent Garage

£196.73

£159.15

£138.12

Franchised

£300.80

£234.24

£205.74

 

“The decision by Fast Fit chains to expand from tyres and exhausts into servicing has really started to shake up the market in terms of pricing,” explained David Gerrans, director of motoreasy.com. “The winner is the consumer who has unprecedented choice nowadays.”