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Main dealer labour rates 44.9% higher than independents

Independent garages 44.9 percent cheaper

Motorists can save nearly £30 an hour by going independent, according to Warranty Direct’s annual labour rates study.

Overall, the UK’s average labour rate, for main dealer and non-franchised workshops combined, stands at £74.33 with independents, including fast-fits and chains, averaging £63.56 an hour in 2014, whilst main dealers average £92.11.

London is the most expensive place to fix a car, at an average £91.99 an hour and is also home to the three garages in the UK charging over £200 an hour. Otherwise, the South East dominated the top 10 dearest regions. The North of England and Scotland made up the majority of the least expensive places to fix your car.

Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “While labour rates remain fairly steady, London continues to set new benchmarks for the cost of getting car repairs, with a jaw-dropping rate from one garage that would have many motorists rubbing their eyes in disbelief.”

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