Motorists halve service costs with independent garages

Motorists visiting independent garages could save on average £40 an hour over a franchised dealer according to recent information released by the Independent Garage Association (IGA).

The IGA polled over 2,000 members labour rates and concluded independent garages ‘continue to offer motorists the very best value for money.’ Enabling all UK motorists to find a ‘trusted’ local independent garage was one of the key reasons why the IGA launched its UK-wide Trust My Garage scheme.

Figures showed average labour cost was slightly over £40 for independent garages whilst the most recent Warranty Direct annual Labour Rates survey demonstrates that average labour rates for franchise garages stand at a national average of £95.94 .  

Only two independent garages in the UK from 2,000 surveyed were charging a fee close to £90 per hour with the vast majority charging less than £50 per hour. 

Stuart James, Director of the RMI’s Independent Garage Association commented: “With the costs associated with owning a vehicle continually rising, it is fantastic to see that independent garages are continuing to offer motorists outstanding value for money.

“We set up Trust My Garage with the motorist in mind, to ensure that consumers were continually receiving the very best levels of technical and customer service from their local independent garage at a very effective price. The results from this survey prove that independent garages offer the most cost effective deal to motorists.”


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