Dated: 02 November 2010

Garage Labour Rates on the Rise

 

According to the annual Warranty Direct Labour Rates Survey, the cost to motorists to have their car fixed is rising. Over the last 12 months there has been a significant 5.81% rise in the UK average price for labour rates, with the figure today standing at £74.82 an hour.

Interestingly, the survey found that franchised dealers are on average 40% more expensive than independent garages. At Blackcircles.com, we have a set rate over the UK for our network of independently owned garages, so customers are able to save – on average – up to 60% off the price of a car service, when compared to the price charged by the high street fast fits.

Released in a statement, Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct said, “The once relentless upward march of labour rates appears to have started again after a slight dip last year.

“To avoid paying above inflationary rises, motorists need to shop around, and not be afraid to push their preferred repairer to charge them less.”

To see a full breakdown of the average labour rates (per hour) by region, have a look at the data below (provided by Warranty Direct):

  • Aberdeenshire -  £70.22
  • Angus - £63.52
  • Bedfordshire - £64.37
  • Berkshire - £84.03
  • Buckinghamshire - £79.40
  • Cambridgeshire  - £73.64
  • Cardiff - £79.79
  • Cheshire - £77.38
  • City of Bristol - £68.59
  • Cleveland - £65.32
  • Clwyd - £60.31
  • Cornwall - £65.92
  • County Antrim - £74.47
  • County Durham  - £57.98
  • Cumbria - £70.00
  • Derbyshire - £73.77
  • Devon - £71.32
  • Dorset - £66.70
  • East Riding of Yorkshire - £76.46
  • East Sussex - £64.69
  • Edinburgh City - £71.16
  • Essex - £79.61
  • Fife - £58.39
  • Glasgow City - £68.07
  • Gloucestershire - £78.06
  • Hampshire - £79.31
  • Herefordshire - £74.46
  • Hertfordshire - £87.48
  • Inverness-shire - £58.26
  • Isle of Wight - £56.42
  • Kent - £75.56
  • Lanarkshire - £60.58
  • Lancashire - £72.19
  • Leicestershire - £70.31
  • Lincolnshire - £71.88
  • London - £83.56
  • Manchester - £80.42
  • Merseyside - £69.90
  • Mid Glamorgan - £60.75
  • Middlesex - £87.51
  • Norfolk - £74.52
  • North Yorkshire - £76.51
  • Northamptonshire - £65.39
  • Northumberland - £53.76
  • Nottinghamshire - £70.25
  • Oxfordshire - £72.69
  • Renfrewshire - £53.86
  • Shropshire - £75.66
  • Somerset - £68.94
  • South Yorkshire - £68.23
  • Staffordshire - £75.50
  • Suffolk - £79.77
  • Surrey - £87.59
  • Tyne & Wear - £74.88
  • Warwickshire - £79.92
  • West Glamorgan - £76.53
  • West Midlands - £64.71
  • West Sussex - £75.79
  • West Yorkshire - £66.18
  • Wiltshire - £70.25
  • Worcestershire - £73.14

Please note that the figures quoted all include VAT.

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