Jul 012014
 

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The maximum cost of an hour of a garage mechanic’s time has reached an unprecedented new high of £215, according to Warranty Direct’s annual labour rates study. Overall, the UK’s average labour rate, for main dealer and non-franchised workshops combined, stands at £74.33. Data from more than 10,000 cases was analysed.

Of the 67 counties included in the study, London is the most expensive place to fix a car, at an average £91.99 an hour (franchised and non-franchised garages combined).

The highest individual hourly garage labour rate can also be found in the Capital. One franchised workshop in West London was found to be charging £215 an hour, the highest rate ever recorded by Warranty Direct in the 11 years of the study. Two other garages were billing at more than £200 an hour.

The South East dominated the top 10 dearest regions, with Surrey and Middlesex taking second and third positions. Only South Glamorgan in Wales – a county which includes the city of Cardiff – was not a region surrounding London.

The North of England and Scotland made up the majority of the least expensive places to fix your car, 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%

 

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

The price gap between franchised and non-franchised was also evaluated. In this year’s study, the average main dealer hourly rate (£92.11) was 44.9% more than the average non-franchised rate (£63.56).

In 2006, franchised premises were 83% dearer than non-franchised, meaning that the price gap between main dealers and independent garages has closed up by almost 40% over eight years. This is largely due to an increase in the average rate at independent premises, up from £49.61 in 2006 to £63.56 an hour to 2014, whilst main dealers have remained more steady, increasing from £91.07 to £92.11 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%

 

“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 managing director, David Gerrans, 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.

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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.

Oct 182011
 

Labour ratesThe 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.”

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

 

Jan 062011
 

44The cost of getting a mechanic to fix your car is on the rise again, according to the annual Warranty Direct Labour Rates Survey.

With some motorists still being charged up to £190 an hour, the national average cost of garage labour (franchised dealers and independent workshops combined) has risen by 5.81% to £74.82 over the past 12 months.

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Sep 222009
 

43Some may continue to charge £190 an hour, but the price dealers charge to fix your car is falling for the first time as they fight for customers in the credit crunch economy.

After years of soaring prices from franchised dealers, the latest Warranty Direct Labour Rates Survey shows that the average rate charged for an hour of a mechanic’s time has fallen by 4.8 percent to £90.16 an hour in the last 12 months. Over the same period, cheaper independent workshops have recorded a marginal increase of 0.8 percent, taking their average to £56.10.

Analysis of more than 5,000 garage charges nationwide and repair bills from Warranty Direct’s 50,000 policies suggests franchised dealers have to compete more on price than before, pushing averages down for the first time since Warranty Direct began investigating labour rates in 2004.

The UK’s Garage Labour Rate Average, a combination of franchised and independent garages, now stands at £75.85 an hour.

However, rates vary greatly across the country, with the average in Greater London standing at £94.44 per hour – 54% higher than Cornwall, where the figure is just £61.15.

“The unsustainable increase in franchised dealer rates has hit the buffers,” says Warranty Direct’s Duncan McClure Fisher. “It’s like house prices – the way some workshops were increasing their charges year after year couldn’t continue. Even so, you could still be charged as much as £190 an hour if you’re not careful. Motorists should shop around for the best rate – there’s no need to be stung this badly.”

After labour rates peaked at £198.86 per hour in 2008, the highest now stands at £190.35.

Top ten most expensive regions for garage labour rates

County

Average cost for an hour’s labour

Greater London

£94.44

Middlesex

£91.48

Hertfordshire

£88.71

Surrey

£87.66

Buckinghamshire

£86.49

Berkshire

£84.09

Warwickshire

£82.10

Kent

£81.84

Bedfordshire

£81.66

Essex

£80.54

Top ten least expensive regions for garage labour rates

County

Average cost for an hour’s labour

Cornwall

£61.15

Lincolnshire

£66.03

Devon

£68.18

Avon

£68.45

Norfolk

£69.43

Cheshire

£69.72

Lancashire

£70.29

West Yorkshire

£70.33

Cumbria

£70.82

South Yorkshire

£70.90

 

Average Labour rates by region

 

County

County   Average

Aberdeenshire

£77.38

Avon

£68.45

Bedfordshire

£81.66

Berkshire

£84.09

Bristol

£79.49

Buckinghamshire

£86.49

Cambridgeshire

£71.55

Cheshire

£69.72

Cleveland

£73.06

Cornwall

£61.15

Cumbria

£70.82

Derbyshire

£71.72

Devon

£68.18

Dorset

£72.52

Essex

£80.54

Gloucestershire

£80.23

Greater   London

£94.44

Hampshire

£77.38

Hertfordshire

£88.71

Kent

£81.84

Lanarkshire

£71.60

Lancashire

£70.29

Leicestershire

£73.42

Lincolnshire

£66.03

Merseyside

£73.45

Middlesex

£91.48

Midlothian

£74.72

Norfolk

£69.43

North   Yorkshire

£76.10

Northamptonshire

£76.68

Nottinghamshire

£72.29

Oxfordshire

£77.88

Somerset

£73.11

South   Glamorgan

£79.62

South   Yorkshire

£70.90

Staffordshire

£72.73

Suffolk

£73.56

Surrey

£87.66

Tyne   and Wear

£73.46

Warwickshire

£82.10

West   Midlands

£75.96

West   Sussex

£79.18

West   Yorkshire

£70.33

Wiltshire

£71.10

Worcestershire

£74.80