Garage labour rates soar to record high

Tom Webster

If the cost of the parts required to keep your car on the road was not enough, it has emerged that some garages are charging up to a staggering £190 an hour for a mechanic to fit them.

The cost of labour has risen by 5.8 percent over the last 12 months, up to a national average of £74.82 for franchised and independent workshops combined.