The increasing complexity of modern cars is slowing killing off the DIY enthusiast, says a new survey by Warranty Direct.
Research carried out by the warranty provider has revealed that simple maintenance jobs like changing a front headlamp or replacing the oil filter now take more than an hour and a half in some of the UK's best selling cars.
Warranty Direct conducts an annual study of garage labour rates and this year's results show that an hour of a professional technician's time costs £96 on average, but soars to more than £200 for some car brands.
With specialist tools and diagnostic equipment now required to carry out some basic tasks, changing a front headlamp on the humble Renault Clio now takes a professional mechanic an astonishing 96 minutes.
Hands-on drivers of yesteryear could easily save money and time by replacing and maintaining certain parts but with a modern brake pad change taking 42 minutes on average, it's no wonder motorists are handing over a fortune to garages in order to maintain their vehicles.
Replacing a headlamp on a 1994 Audi A4 cost £6.12 for the bulb and took approximately 10 minutes.
"New, more complicated technologies on cars are placing even more pressure on already strained household budgets."
Warranty Direct's survey of the top ten best-selling cars in the UK found that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the most time consuming to work on, taking 54 minutes on average to replace a headlamp and change an oil filter, and 42 minutes to change the front brake pads.
The Vauxhall Corsa required the least time, taking 36 minutes to replace a headlamp, 24 minutes to change an oil filter and 42 minutes to change the front brake pads.
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