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