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Research shows regional differences in vehicle maintenance costs

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Moneybarn research has revealed the reality of price differences between car parts and labour costs charged by garages across UK region.

Moneybarn has calculated how much a consumer is likely to be charged for nine different car repairs at professional garages depending on where you live in the UK, compared with the cost of the individual car part.

Moneybarn’s sales and marketing director, Simon Bayley, said: “The price difference between the cost of car parts and labour costs is staggering, especially when comparing north and south prices.

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

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**

91.20

58.16

18.53

89.44

66.53

49.24

27.95

22.30

7.77

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moneybarn said in a statement that the "most shocking" comparison was the average price of a cylinder head gasket component compared to its labour costs.

In London there is a whopping 97% price difference with an average repair costing £821. This is also a service that is delivered over £200 cheaper in the West Midlands.

This was closely followed by the difference in price between a fuel filter part and its labour costs. Londoners were being charged, on average, £79 for this repair despite the part costing under £8 online (a 90% price difference).

In the North West, consumers could expect to pay £20 less for the same service.

Proportionately, a battery replacement has the smallest price hike, with a 72% average difference between the part and cost of labour. The labour rate for this part is cheapest in the North West, closely followed by Scotland and the West Midlands.

Moneybarn’s research also showed 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.

Scotland performed consistently well and was the second-cheapest region, behind the North West for all car repairs, except a replacement cylinder head gasket.

Wales and Northern Ireland were middle of the road when it comes to the cost of car repairs, but drivers were still getting better value for money than those in the South East, Moneybarn said.

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