The cost of getting a mechanic to fix your car in Greater London fell in the last 12 months, research by Warranty Direct has revealed, with the average hourly labour rates at garages in Greater London falling by 2.5% in the last year.
The survey found however that Middlesex is the second most expensive area in the country to get a car repaired – with mechanics charging an average hourly rate of £87.50, .
Checks on pricing across the UK showed franchised dealers were nearly 40% more expensive than independent garages.
The average labour rate for franchised dealers is now £90.59 (up from £87.19 last year) with independents standing at £55.90 (£52.69 in 2009).
“The once-relentless upward march of labour rates appears to have started again after a slight dip last year,” said Duncan McClure Fisher, of Warranty Direct.
“To avoid paying above inflationary rises, motorists need to shop around, and not be afraid to push their preferred repairer to charge them less.”