Replacement exhaust cost near you

When it comes to vehicle repairs, people often worry about the cost. It’s difficult to give concrete numbers for the price of most vehicle repairs, as what you pay will depend upon your car, exactly what’s wrong, as well as whereabouts in the country you are. But what you can do is arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can about the issue you’re having, so you’ll understand how much it can cost to get it fixed.

In this article, we’ll cover a range of information when it comes to the prices of exhaust repair and replacement, including common issues, how much it costs, and other issues you can face.

What is an exhaust?

Simply put, your car’s exhaust takes the waste gases that are produced in the engine, and vents them back out into the atmosphere. The exhaust is made of several parts – the exhaust system is the name for the various pipes, tubes and parts that make up the exhaust. The exhaust starts at the engine and runs underneath your car and out the back.

The exhaust is made up of a manifold, pipes, silencer or “rear box”, catalytic converter and downpipe. Each of these parts can fail or have problems, but in general most people experience problems with the parts furthest away from the engine, so the rear box, catalytic converter and pipes on that side.

Common exhaust problems

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A lot of exhaust problems are caused by corrosion. Exhausts do wear out over time, with both the weather in terms of rain and snow from the road rusting the outside of the pipes alongside the gases over time damaging the inside of the pipes, meaning that eventually the exhaust can corrode and start to leak.

The most obvious way that you’ll know that your exhaust could have a problem is generally the noise that it makes. If your exhaust has a hole or a leak in it, you’ll hear a growling, rattling engine noise from the rear that gets louder as you rev the engine. This chugging sound is a good sign that your exhaust has a problem, and you should speak to a mechanic about it as soon as you can.

Other common issues can also be diagnosed by sound – if you hear a rattling or scraping noise from the rear of your vehicle as you’re driving along, that could be a sign that a section of your exhaust has come loose and is dragging along the road as you drive. Again, you should get this fixed quickly as it can be dangerous.

Another common problem is excessive smoke coming from the exhaust. While some diesel vehicles will naturally expel smoke from the exhaust, if there’s lots coming out at all times when you’re driving, this could be a sign that your exhaust has a problem.

You can also conduct a simple visual inspection of your exhaust pipes and systems – just look underneath the vehicle for any holes or lots of rust on the exhaust pipes. If you do see any holes or excessive rust, speak to a mechanic who can assess the damage.

Should you get your exhaust repaired or replaced?

When it comes to exhaust issues, the most common solution is to replace the exhaust. This usually means replacing the back section, including the rearbox, downpipe and nearby pipes. If the issue is a hole or leak caused by corrosion or other damage, it’s generally worth having a car mechanic replace these parts anyway, as the other parts of the exhaust will likely fail at a similar time. As the exhaust is designed to be replaced, this isn’t generally too expensive to do. And, as we’ve mentioned, you’ll end up saving money as opposed to replacing individual parts frequently.

However, if the issue is specific to only one part of the exhaust, for example the rearbox, or a sensor, it may be cheaper to simply get that part repaired or replaced. You’ll need to speak to a mechanic to ensure that you’ve diagnosed the correct part.

How much does replacing or repairing an exhaust cost?

So, let’s move on to the big question. How much will getting the exhaust of your car repaired or replaced actually cost you? Well, we’ve included a table to the right which shows the average prices across the country for an exhaust replacement, so this should give you a good idea of how much you could expect to pay.

However, this table is assuming that the vehicle is an average sized car with an ordinary petrol engine – something like a Ford Focus or VW Golf. You could pay less than the prices in the table, more like £200-£250, if you drive a small city car with a small engine.

For large cars, or performance vehicles with powerful engines, the price can increase quite significantly. For many larger vehicles like 4x4s or SUVs, expect to pay around £400 for a new exhaust. For cars with performance exhausts, the price may increase to as much as £600 or even more.

Other common exhaust issues

While most exhaust issues are to do with corrosion or holes in the exhaust caused by damage, there are a few other common problems to be aware of. In most of these cases, the issues can be fixed by either repairing or replacing the specific part, so expect to pay around £100 to get each issue solved – except for a catalytic converter, which can cost around £300-£400.

Catalytic converter

The catalytic converter is a key part of your exhaust, it helps to remove harmful toxins from the car’s waste gases. However, it can become clogged or damaged, or even fail an MOT as emissions are now tested. If this happens, you’ll need to replace your vehicle’s catalytic converter.

Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)

The exhaust systems of diesel vehicles contain what’s known as a diesel particulate filter, or DPF. Like a catalytic converter, this filters soot and harmful chemicals from the waste gases. This can also get clogged or wear out over time, sometimes meaning they need to be replaced.

Exhaust sensors

Exhausts feature a number of sensors to monitor the amount of gases flowing through the system. These can fail, which will likely cause a check engine light to come on your dashboard – if this happens, speak to a mechanic and get the relevant sensor replaced.


Estimates for common car mechanic jobs;

Job Estimate
Replacement exhaust cost to supply and fit £180
Cost to replace brake pads and discs £430
MOT cost £70
Clutch replacement cost £850
Full annual car service cost £240

Rates for other trades

Replacement exhaust cost in the UK
Replacement exhaust cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKReplacement exhaust cost
Replacement exhaust near Aberdeen£160
Replacement exhaust near Amber Valley£160
Replacement exhaust near Arun£200
Replacement exhaust near Ashfield£160
Replacement exhaust near Aylesbury Vale£172
Replacement exhaust near Barnsley£136
Replacement exhaust near Basildon£188
Replacement exhaust near Basingstoke & Deane£200
Replacement exhaust near Bassetlaw£152
Replacement exhaust near Bath & North East Somerset£216
Replacement exhaust near Bedford£168
Replacement exhaust near Belfast£128
Replacement exhaust near Birmingham£140
Replacement exhaust near Blackburn£136
Replacement exhaust near Blackpool£240
Replacement exhaust near Bolton£152
Replacement exhaust near Bournemouth£168
Replacement exhaust near Bracknell Forest£180
Replacement exhaust near Bradford£140
Replacement exhaust near Braintree£200
Replacement exhaust near Bridgend£160
Replacement exhaust near Brighton£180
Replacement exhaust near Bristol£216
Replacement exhaust near Broxtowe£156
Replacement exhaust near Bury£144
Replacement exhaust near Caerphilly£152
Replacement exhaust near Calderdale£136
Replacement exhaust near Cambridge£160
Replacement exhaust near Canterbury£152
Replacement exhaust near Cardiff£160
Replacement exhaust near Charnwood£124
Replacement exhaust near Chelmsford£200
Replacement exhaust near Cheltenham£172
Replacement exhaust near Cherwell£184
Replacement exhaust near Chester£168
Replacement exhaust near Colchester£168
Replacement exhaust near Conway£120
Replacement exhaust near Coventry£168
Replacement exhaust near Crewe & Nantwich£148
Replacement exhaust near Dacorum£196
Replacement exhaust near Derby£148
Replacement exhaust near Doncaster£124
Replacement exhaust near Dudley£132
Replacement exhaust near Dundee£160
Replacement exhaust near East Ayrshire£148
Replacement exhaust near East Devon£160
Replacement exhaust near East Dunbartonshire£132
Replacement exhaust near East Hampshire£160
Replacement exhaust near East Hertfordshire£176
Replacement exhaust near East Riding£140
Replacement exhaust near Eastleigh£180
Replacement exhaust near Edinburgh£80
Replacement exhaust near Elmbridge£180
Replacement exhaust near Epping Forest£204
Replacement exhaust near Erewash£156
Replacement exhaust near Exeter£152
Replacement exhaust near Fife£120
Replacement exhaust near Flintshire£168
Replacement exhaust near Gateshead£140
Replacement exhaust near Gedling£156
Replacement exhaust near Glasgow£132
Replacement exhaust near Gloucester£160
Replacement exhaust near Guildford£204
Replacement exhaust near Halton£148
Replacement exhaust near Harrogate£132
Replacement exhaust near Havant & Waterloo£192
Replacement exhaust near Horsham£180
Replacement exhaust near Ipswich£124
Replacement exhaust near Isle of Wight£192
Replacement exhaust near Kirklees£132
Replacement exhaust near Knowsley£148
Replacement exhaust near Leeds£132
Replacement exhaust near Leicester£120
Replacement exhaust near Lisburn£140
Replacement exhaust near Liverpool£156
Replacement exhaust near London£200
Replacement exhaust near Luton£172
Replacement exhaust near Macclesfield£140
Replacement exhaust near Maidstone£152
Replacement exhaust near Manchester£152
Replacement exhaust near Mid Bedfordshire£172
Replacement exhaust near Mid Sussex£168
Replacement exhaust near Middlesbrough£160
Replacement exhaust near Milton Keynes£164
Replacement exhaust near Neath Port Talbot£144
Replacement exhaust near New Forest£180
Replacement exhaust near Newbury£200
Replacement exhaust near Newcastle-under-Lyme£132
Replacement exhaust near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£140
Replacement exhaust near Newport£152
Replacement exhaust near North Ayrshire£148
Replacement exhaust near North Hertfordshire£176
Replacement exhaust near North Lanarkshire£124
Replacement exhaust near North Lincolnshire£128
Replacement exhaust near North Somerset£188
Replacement exhaust near North Wiltshire£152
Replacement exhaust near Northampton£100
Replacement exhaust near Nottingham£156
Replacement exhaust near Nuneaton & Bedworth£164
Replacement exhaust near Oldham£152
Replacement exhaust near Oxford£184
Replacement exhaust near Plymouth£40
Replacement exhaust near Poole£180
Replacement exhaust near Portsmouth£200
Replacement exhaust near Powys£112
Replacement exhaust near Preston£168
Replacement exhaust near Reading£188
Replacement exhaust near Redcar & Cleveland£164
Replacement exhaust near Reigate & Banstead£192
Replacement exhaust near Renfrewshire£112
Replacement exhaust near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£184
Replacement exhaust near Rochdale£152
Replacement exhaust near Rotherham£124
Replacement exhaust near Salford£152
Replacement exhaust near Sandwell£132
Replacement exhaust near Sefton£152
Replacement exhaust near Sevenoaks£164
Replacement exhaust near Sheffield£124
Replacement exhaust near Slough£176
Replacement exhaust near Solihull£148
Replacement exhaust near South Ayrshire£148
Replacement exhaust near South Bedfordshire£168
Replacement exhaust near South Cambridgeshire£172
Replacement exhaust near South Gloucestershire£224
Replacement exhaust near South Lanarkshire£100
Replacement exhaust near South Oxfordshire£200
Replacement exhaust near South Somerset£156
Replacement exhaust near South Tyneside£140
Replacement exhaust near Southampton£180
Replacement exhaust near Southend-on-Sea£172
Replacement exhaust near St Albans£192
Replacement exhaust near St Helens£144
Replacement exhaust near Stafford£128
Replacement exhaust near Stockport£160
Replacement exhaust near Stockton-on-Tees£160
Replacement exhaust near Stoke-on-Trent£132
Replacement exhaust near Stratford-on-Avon£136
Replacement exhaust near Stroud£160
Replacement exhaust near Suffolk Coastal£112
Replacement exhaust near Sunderland£140
Replacement exhaust near Swale£140
Replacement exhaust near Swansea£144
Replacement exhaust near Tameside£160
Replacement exhaust near Teignbridge£152
Replacement exhaust near Tendring£124
Replacement exhaust near Test Valley£136
Replacement exhaust near Thamesdown£140
Replacement exhaust near Thanet£152
Replacement exhaust near Thurrock£172
Replacement exhaust near Torbay£152
Replacement exhaust near Trafford£152
Replacement exhaust near Vale of Glamorgan£160
Replacement exhaust near Vale of White Horse£140
Replacement exhaust near Vale Royal£168
Replacement exhaust near Wakefield£132
Replacement exhaust near Walsall£132
Replacement exhaust near Warrington£152
Replacement exhaust near Warwick£168
Replacement exhaust near Waveney£120
Replacement exhaust near Waverley£200
Replacement exhaust near Wealden£180
Replacement exhaust near West Lancashire£148
Replacement exhaust near West Lothian£40
Replacement exhaust near West Wiltshire£152
Replacement exhaust near Wigan£144
Replacement exhaust near Windsor & Maidenhead£172
Replacement exhaust near Wirral£156
Replacement exhaust near Wokingham£184
Replacement exhaust near Wolverhampton£124
Replacement exhaust near Wrexham Maelor£164
Replacement exhaust near Wychavon£116
Replacement exhaust near Wycombe£156
Replacement exhaust near York£152