Latest figures have revealed that the cost of servicing a car in some parts of the country has risen to record levels, with some garages charging a whopping £200 per hour.
On average, garages charge around £80 per hour, which is a £6.00 increase on last year, when the average hourly rate you could expect to pay was £74. And taking your car to a manufacturer dealership could mean forking out 57% more per hour, than if you use an independent garage.
A dealer in Essex wins the prize of the most expensive hourly rate, with motorists paying £200 per hour to have their cars looked at.
Middlesex have also topped the polls with garages in this area charging £98.21 per hour. While Northumberland are the most reasonable, with an hourly rate of £66.66.
Once again motorists are being hit hard with the rising cost of motoring, with petrol prices soaring and the cost of servicing rising above inflation. Duncan McClure Fisher from Warranty Direct comments on the latest figures “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”.
A spokesperson from the AA believes there is a reason for the increase in charges, commenting, “The rise in charges reflects what is going on in the complexity of the cars. We now have daytime running lights, which has become mandatory. For main dealers there is a constant need to keep reskilling their technicians”.
The AA also believe that there are deals to be had with garages if you search for them. They have also voiced concerns that these soaring costs may force motorists to cut back on essential maintenance to save money.
Director at Retail Motor Industry (RMI), Sue Robinson, defends the garages “Over the past 2-3 years garages have had to keep their rates down due to the current economic climate. It is important to note that a number of areas have to be factored in to the labour rate. The cost of heating, energy, fuel and commodities, all inflationary costs, have to be taken into account”.
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