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#350974 - 22nd Sep 2009 1:32am Car Repair Costs Increasing
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UK garages have increased the average price they charge to repair vehicles in the past year, despite the economic downturn, a survey has suggested.

The average price per hour of a mechanic's time rose from 75.17 to 75.85, said insurer Warranty Direct. There was an almost 5% fall in labour rates charged by franchised dealers, however cheaper independent workshops raised prices by 0.8%.

Average rates varied from 94.44 an hour in London, to 61.65 in Cornwall. The overall UK average franchised garage charged 90.16 an hour, while the typical price for an independent firm was 56.10.

The survey of 5,000 premises uncovered rates peaking at 190.35, however this was considerably below the high of 198.86 seen a year ago.

Motorists should shop around to "avoid being stung badly", said Duncan McClure of Warranty Direct. He added that the prices charged by franchised dealers had become "unsustainable" and so had begun to fall. "The way some workshops were increasing their charges year after year couldn't continue."

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#350986 - 22nd Sep 2009 9:21am Re: Car Repair Costs Increasing [Re: MattLFC]
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jesus they re on more money than doctors. I'm openin up my own garage.
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#350991 - 22nd Sep 2009 9:47am Re: Car Repair Costs Increasing [Re: Sanchez]
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BMW in Liverpool charge 112+vat per hour in labour omg
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#350992 - 22nd Sep 2009 10:00am Re: Car Repair Costs Increasing [Re: StuyMac]
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jesus chew, glad i bought a merc now and not a beemer!
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#351036 - 22nd Sep 2009 11:52am Re: Car Repair Costs Increasing [Re: Sanchez]
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I had my M3 serviced(could have done it myself but wanted the full main dealer History)and it was 101 per hour..so with parts it was 1,105..FOR A SERVICE!!!

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#351039 - 22nd Sep 2009 11:54am Re: Car Repair Costs Increasing [Re: chris bmw M3]
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oris, what a joke
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#351048 - 22nd Sep 2009 12:32pm Re: Car Repair Costs Increasing [Re: MattLFC]
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wow thats dear i only do 25 an hour so you all know were to go smile


Originally Posted By: MattLFC
Originally Posted By: BBC News
UK garages have increased the average price they charge to repair vehicles in the past year, despite the economic downturn, a survey has suggested.

The average price per hour of a mechanic's time rose from 75.17 to 75.85, said insurer Warranty Direct. There was an almost 5% fall in labour rates charged by franchised dealers, however cheaper independent workshops raised prices by 0.8%.

Average rates varied from 94.44 an hour in London, to 61.65 in Cornwall. The overall UK average franchised garage charged 90.16 an hour, while the typical price for an independent firm was 56.10.

The survey of 5,000 premises uncovered rates peaking at 190.35, however this was considerably below the high of 198.86 seen a year ago.

Motorists should shop around to "avoid being stung badly", said Duncan McClure of Warranty Direct. He added that the prices charged by franchised dealers had become "unsustainable" and so had begun to fall. "The way some workshops were increasing their charges year after year couldn't continue."

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#351173 - 22nd Sep 2009 8:12pm Re: Car Repair Costs Increasing [Re: Pete_Robbo]
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Main dealers tho, they know you need THAT stamp in your service book!!
Used to have my own garage years ago and think only charged 40.00 plus parts for a service, and thats wheels off the lot!!!! Used to put a 30% mark up on parts and that was still cheaper than Joe Public paid as i got trade discount!
Main dealers are fooking useless anyway!!
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#351258 - 23rd Sep 2009 10:32am Re: Car Repair Costs Increasing [Re: Sanchez]
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jesus chew, glad i bought a merc now and not a beemer!


Give Mercedes a call and see what their hourly rate is wink
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#351350 - 23rd Sep 2009 4:16pm Re: Car Repair Costs Increasing [Re: StuyMac]
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I will, prob more expensive knowing my look frown
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