The cheapest and most expensive garages in Britain

Tue, 08 Aug 2006
London is officially the most expensive place in Britain to get your car fixed with garages charging up to £170 an hour, a new report revealed today.

According to the 2006 www.warrantydirect.co.uk Garage Labour Rates Survey, which compares franchised and independent garages, British motorists fork out an average of £72.28 an hour for a mechanic's time - with the Capital topping the table at an average of £86.51 or £116.53 if you opt for a franchised dealer.

Across franchised dealers, the national average jumps to £91.07, and falls to £49.61 for independent workshops. The most expensive dealer over the past twelve months charged £170.61 an hour, with one independent billing a customer £117.45.

Oxfordshire proved to be the most expensive region as far as independent garages were concerned. It recorded an average of £67.20 an hour, more than twice as much as the comparable rates for Lanarkshire, Scotland (£32.12).

Similarly, the £116.53 an hour being charged by franchised dealers in London to carry out repairs was almost 60 percent more than the cheapest region, Cornwall (£70.34).

Five Most Expensive Regions For Franchised Dealers

Region/Average Labour Rate/Max Labour Rate Recorded

London/£116.53/£170.61

Middlesex/£110.54/£158.63

Hertfordshire/£108.15/£158.63

Surrey/£99.76 £141.61

Warwickshire/£97.86/£122.20

Five Least Expensive Regions For Franchised Dealers

Region/Average Labour Rate/Max Labour Rate Recorded

Cornwall/£70.34/£93.94

Angus/£70.51/£74.03

Cumbria/£72.45/£99.88

North Yorkshire/£73.00/£102.93

Aberdeenshire/£74.02/£95.32

The nationwide analysis of over 3,000 workshops by aftermarket
warranty provider, www.warrantydirect.co.uk discovered that the £100 an hour barrier was breached in eight out of ten regions (52 were examined in total). Even Lanarkshire, which recorded the lowest rates for independents, delivered a £112.80 per hour charge for one of its franchised dealers.

"After a couple of years of excessive rises, mechanic labour rates have started to stabilise but it's obvious that there is still a major gulf between regions, and independent and franchised garages," says Duncan McClure Fisher, spokesman for Warranty Direct.

The disparity between franchised and dealer labour rates is perhaps
starkest in the West Midlands where the average is £66.35 an hour,
but as high as £117.45 (franchised) or as low as just £23.50
(independent) - the cheapest recorded.

Five Most Expensive Regions For Independent Workshops

Region/Average Labour Rate/Max Labour Rate Recorded

Oxfordshire/£67.20/£76.38

Hertfordshire/£64.52/£82.25

East Sussex/£62.54/£70.50

Cambridgeshire/£62.48/£76.38

Middlesex/£62.48/£86.36


Five Least Expensive Regions For Independent Workshops

Region/Average Labour Rate/Max Labour Rate Recorded

Lanarkshire/£32.12/£44.65

Ayrshire/£33.68/£41.13

Angus/£36.72/£44.65

Somerset/£37.92/£44.06

Staffordshire/£38.69/£46.41

"The latest findings show that garage rates are still extortionate, but motorists can help themselves by asking how much they charge an hour. Unfortunately, once you get the bill, it's too late to yell," adds McClure Fisher.

All rates include VAT

For the full report visit www.reliabilityindex.co.uk



Table Illustrating Garage Labour Rates Across Britain - Ordered according to combined franchised and independent rates -

REGION

COMBINED

INDEPENDENT

FRANCHISED

Angus

£53.61

£36.72

£70.51

Cornwall

£54.89

£39.44

£70.34

North Yorkshire

£56.80

£40.57

£73.03

Lanarkshire

£57.78

£32.12

£83.45

Ayrshire

£58.52

£33.68

£83.35

Cumbria

£58.85

£45.25

£72.45

Aberdeenshire

£58.97

£43.92

£74.02

Gloucestershire

£59.59

£43.66

£75.53

Somerset

£59.88

£37.92

£81.84

Leicestershire

£60.07

£42.10

£78.04

Perthshire

£61.10

£44.55

£77.65

Shropshire

£61.76

£40.10

£83.19

Worcestershire

£62.25

£43.54

£80.96

Cleveland

£62.44

£41.47

£83.42

Norfolk

£62.58

£47.40

£77.65

Devon

£63.08

£46.22

£79.95

Lancashire

£63.75

£42.17

£85.33

South Yorkshire

£63.76

£39.95

£87.58

Dorset

£63.84

£51.66

£76.03

Avon

£64.34

£42.41

£86.26

Staffordshire

£64.58

£38.69

£90.47

Nottinghamshire

£65.63

£42.05

£89.20

Merseyside

£66.13

£40.51

£91.74

Cheshire

£66.21

£42.66

£89.77

West Midlands

£66.35

£43.20

£89.51

Greater Manchester

£66.52

£42.27

£90.77

Derbyshire

£66.69

£44.00

£89.36

West Yorkshire

£66.76

£38.81

£94.71

Northumberland

£66.94

£52.68

£81.19

Lincolnshire

£67.68

£46.86

£88.49

Bedfordshire

£68.01

£57.05

£78.98

Northants

£68.60

£58.74

£78.46

Kent

£68.84

£45.11

£92.56

Hampshire

£68.99

£42.40

£95.57

North Humberside

£70.05

£48.00

£91.79

West Sussex

£70.64

£48.31

£80.96

Tyne & Wear

£71.57

£48.11

£95.05

Warks

£71.58

£45.30

£97.86

Midlothian

£71.67

£54.71

£88.63

Essex

£72.30

£50.79

£93.82

Suffolk

£73.08

£51.84

£94.32

Buckinghamshire

£73.50

£50.16

£96.84

Cambridgeshire

£74.78

£62.48

£87.08

Berkshire

£75.01

£56.36

£93.64

Wiltshire

£75.57

£59.40

£91.73

Oxfordshire

£76.77

£67.20

£86.29

Surrey

£76.81

£53.86

£99.76

East Sussex

£76.96

£62.54

£91.38

Hertfordshire

£86.33

£64.52

£108.15

Middx

£86.51

£62.48

£110.54

London

£87.34

£58.16

£116.53

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