Data from independent automotive warranty specialist, Warranty Direct, suggests that 2 in every 5 ’52-plate’ owners will suffer some degree of mechanical failure over the next twelve months.
Although some manufacturer’s like Hyundai offer extended five-year warranty protection, the majority will only provide cover for the first 36-months of a cars life.
With recent research uncovering the cost of labour rising to an average of £65 – but as high as £150 – an hour, the typical repair bill for a 3-year old car now hits £308.25, escalating into the thousands for any major mechanical failures.
The commonest problems recorded in the months after their manufacturer’s warranty has expired relate to the suspension (34%), braking system (22%), electrics (22%), and engine (19%). All can result in an expensive visit to the garage.Mechan
For example, an Audi A3 with rear axle complaints set the owner back £777 to repair, a Peugeot 307 with electrical faults left another facing a £761 bill and a Renault Megane Scenic owner grappling with a faulty gearbox had to pay £744 to fix it.
As an illustration of how the parts vs labour is broken down in the final bill, a failed engine management ECU on a Mercedes A Class can cost £262 in parts but up to £617 in labour to repair.
“Mechanical failure is not as rare as some may think,” explains Duncan McClure-Fisher of Warranty Direct. “Consumers rarely factor the cost of repair bills. Manufacturer’s provide a cushion for the first three years, after that you’re either relying on the protection of a good warranty or hope that you’ve bought a reliable car. The biggest winner is the garage.”
Warranty Direct offers MBI (Mechanical Breakdown Cover) from as little as £15 per month with no wear and tear exclusion and the ability to have your own choice of garage. Call 0800 731 7001 or log on to www.warrantydirect.co.uk for a quote.