Garage Labour Rates Hit More Than £230 An Hour

By: Motor Easy
Garage near me - what should you be paying?

Local Garage Repairs - How Does The Labour Rate Compare?

motoreasy regularly deal with thousands of garages across the UK - our latest study highlights a few key figures:

  • Mechanic labour rates vary from £36 to £234 per hour depending on location and business type
  • Surrey has highest average labour rate in the UK, Selkirkshire in Scotland is cheapest county
  • Time-poor motorists not only fail to shop around for best price but don’t check bills either

The maximum cost of an hour’s work for a garage mechanic now stands at more than £230, according to a nationwide study by automotive service and repair start-up, motoreasy.

Overall, the UK average labour rate – combining main dealers, independent workshops and fast-fit outlets – is £67 an hour.

car repairs near me Car repair costs vary widely depending on where you are in the UK

Analysis of 6,000 garages from across the UK found that, on average, Surrey is the most expensive place to have work done to your car, with an average hourly rate of just over £81. At the other end of the scale, Scottish county Selkirkshire has the cheapest average at £49.69.

The highest individual hourly labour rate of £234 an hour was found at a prestige sportscar manufacturer’s dealership in Reading. The cheapest, offered by an independent workshop in Manchester, was just £36.

Car Services For Less

motoreasy was launched as a concierge-style service for motorists. Every customer gets their own personal, professional mechanic to negotiate all costs, including labour, & ensure motorists are not paying over the odds, or for unnecessary work. By operating a national network of approved garages, motoreasy is able to pass on trade saving to customers.

The list of the top 10 most expensive regions of the UK is dominated by areas in the south with London the second-most expensive place for labour rates behind Surrey. Meanwhile, the list of the 10 cheapest regions features mostly Scottish and Welsh counties, indicating a clear north/south divide.

Repairs Near Me - local garage Franchised dealerships charge considerably more

Franchised workshops are generally more expensive, with an average UK labour rate of £99 compared with an independent garage average of £56, a difference of over 40%.

Despite the ever-increasing cost of service, maintenance and repair work in garages, motoreasy found that more than three quarters of motorists (77%)* admit they have no idea how much they pay for an hour of labour.

More than three in five (62%) say they don’t shop around to get the best price before agreeing to work and, alarmingly, nearly a third (31%) don’t even check the final bill before paying.

Female motorists are worse than men for not checking what labour rate they are paying, with more than four in five women admitting they don’t know the hourly cost at their regular garage.

Duncan McClure Fisher Duncan McClure Fisher, motoreasy founder

Duncan McClure Fisher, motoreasy founder, said: “Today’s drivers don’t have the time or, in many cases, the knowledge to make absolutely sure they are getting the best price from garages.

“It’s not made any easier by the fact that the cost of labour differs so vastly across the UK. Even so, anyone spending money should at least understand how much they are paying and for what.”

If you're looking for car repair and maintenance work at discounted labour rates, motoreasy's network of 10,000 UK garages can assist with car repairs, servicing or MOT tests. Plus, a free motoreasy account provides personalised info & free reminders for each car.

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