Report reveals how much garages charge for parts and labour across the UK

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How much should you be paying your garage when they fix your car?

If you have no clue about mechanics it can sometimes be difficult to work out if you’re being ripped off or not. Until now.

The average cost of nine common vehicle repairs – including replacement part and labour charges – depending on where you live, has been revealed in a new report.

It’s found that Londoners who get the rough end of the deal.

How much? A new report revealed the average cost of parts and labour charged by garages in different parts of the UK when they performend one of nine common vehicle repairs

How much? A new report revealed the average cost of parts and labour charged by garages in different parts of the UK when they performend one of nine common vehicle repairs

How much? A new report revealed the average cost of parts and labour charged by garages in different parts of the UK when they performend one of nine common vehicle repairs

There are huge differences in the bills motorists receive for repair costs depending on where they are in Britain, the data provided by ClickMechanic for car finance provider Moneybarn shows.

It appears Londoners have to pay more than drivers across the rest of the UK when it comes to having their motors fixed.

The most shocking comparison is the average price of a cylinder head gasket replacement.

In London, drivers are charged on average £821 to have this part replaced. The same job is £202 cheaper in the West Midlands, proving there’s a huge premium charged by mechanics in the capital for their time.

HOW MUCH ARE GARAGES WHERE YOU LIVE CHARGING FOR PARTS AND LABOUR COSTS FOR 9 COMMON CAR REPAIRS?
UK REGION                                     CAR  PART AND LABOUR COST FOR REPAIRS (£)
Clutch Cambelt Front Brake Pads Alternator Starter Motor Battery Water Pump Cylinder Head Gasket Fuel Filter
London 635 578 107 392 356 181 155 821 79
East Anglia 608 524 100 385 350 175 145 737 72
South East 601 510 98 384 349 174 142 820 70
East Midlands 595 499 96 382 348 173 173 698 69
South West 586 481 94 380 345 171 136 670 67
Northern Ireland 584 477 93 379 345 171 136 769 66
Wales 574 456 90 376 343 169 132 735 64
North East 574 456 90 376 343 169 132 735 64
Yorkshire & Humber 574 456 90 376 343 169 132 735 64
West Midlands 570 448 89 376 342 168 168 619 63
Scotland 561 430 87 373 340 166 127 696 61
North West 556 420 85 372 339 165 125 677 59
Average Car Part Price** 91.2 58.16 18.53 89.44 66.53 49.24 27.95 22.3 7.77
Source: Moneybarn                 

Moneybarn said there was also a significant difference when you look at a fuel filter replacement, which is a part that needs to be replaced frequently.

Londoners are being charged, on average, £79 for this repair. 

With the cost of the part (on average) being less than £8, it means drivers are forking out £71 just for the mechanic’s time. 

In the North West, garages are billing motorists £20 less for the same service.

The report said battery replacements had the lowest labour costs.

The finance provider said the research showed there is a ‘clear north/south divide’ when it comes to labour costs, with London, East Anglia, South East, East Midlands and the South West seeing the largest repair charges.

Motorists in the North West are charged the least for labour on average, with Scotland being the second cheapest region for all car repairs except a replacement cylinder head gasket.

Londoners face the biggest mechanic labour costs, while motorists in the North West and Scotland are charged the least

Londoners face the biggest mechanic labour costs, while motorists in the North West and Scotland are charged the least

Londoners face the biggest mechanic labour costs, while motorists in the North West and Scotland are charged the least

Simon Bayley, sales and marketing director at Moneybarn, said the price difference between the cost of car parts and labour costs is ‘staggering’, especially when comparing the bills of motorists living in the north and the south.

‘Understanding that some of these repairs can take over four hours to fix, there is no surprise mechanics charge a significant amount for labour,’ he said.

‘But for those repairs that don’t take up too much time, it’s quite shocking to see how much these can cost.

‘That said, you can’t put a price tag on the safety of motorists and the public. Regular maintenance upkeep should help prevent major problems occurring with your vehicle.

‘If drivers do find a fault, they should take it to a garage immediately. You can still do research from home to find reasonable garage and mechanic costs in your area.’

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