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We all know time is money – and that principle certainly applies when it comes to getting work done on your car.



In fact, the maximum cost of an hour of a garage mechanic's time has reached a new high of £215, according to Warranty Direct.

Overall, the UK's average labour rate, for main dealer and non-franchised workshops combined, stands at £74.33.

Of the 67 counties and cities included in the study, and not surprisingly perhaps, London is the most expensive place to fix a car, at an average £91.99 an hour.

The highest individual hourly garage labour rate can also be found in the capital. One franchised workshop in West London was found to be charging a whopping £215, the highest rate ever recorded by Warranty Direct in the 11 years they've been carrying out the study.

Two other garages were billing at more than £200 an hour.

The South East dominated the top 10 dearest regions, with Surrey and Middlesex taking second and third positions. Only South Glamorgan in Wales – a county which includes the Welsh capital Cardiff – was not a region surrounding London.

The North of England and Scotland made up the majority of the least expensive places to fix your car, with County Antrim in Northern Ireland and Cornwall in the South West completing the most frugal 10.

Data from more than 10,000 cases was analysed as part of the survey.

Author: Dave Brown