See local car mechanics rates for 2024

HaMuch is Excellent

Car mechanic cost per hour

Car mechanic cost per hour

A mechanic costs on average £39 per hour in the UK. The rate can vary depending on your region and the size of the garage (dealerships etc) and can range from £20 to £60 per hour. An MOT for a car in the UK costs a maximum of £54.85 and takes up to an hour. Most independent garages will be charging around £50.

Tip: Making sure you service your car or bike annually guarantees that when it’s time for a yearly MOT, your car should be well maintained with no surprise issues, ensuring the car will easily pass its MOT and keeping you safe on the road every year.

To take the stress out of finding a reputable car mechanic at the right price get a quote for your car service or repair with HaMuch.

Car mechanic cost per day

The average daily rate for a mechanic is £245 per day. Independent and mobile mechanics will offer better rates than dealerships because their overheads are lower. Day rates can range from as little as £150 to £495 and expect to pay more for a Ferrari specialist than your local mobile mechanic. Choosing where to service your vehicle depends on various factors. Some car owners prefer to visit the makes dealers as they think it looks better for car resale, while others choose a specialist garage. Your annual (full or interim) service will start from around £150 for a small car up to over £300 for larger and luxury vehicles.

Get a quote for a car service using HaMuch and get the best valued mechanic in your local area by comparing rates and checking availability. It pays to shop around.

Choosing a garage mechanic

When choosing a garage for car repairs or a service, speak to a few car mechanics to compare pricing and also discover what type of service and materials are included. i.e. oil brand, tyres, brake pads and wipers. Some garages will also clean your car as part of the service. Most car mechanics will ask for payment if they have to collect your motor vehicle. If you are needing to put the cost on a credit card, check beforehand they accept card payments and not only cash or bank transfers.

If you are shopping around for annual service quotes, you need to decide if it is a Full Service or an Interim Service that is needed. The car mechanic can usually help you with this based on your mileage and what service was logged the year before. Annual services often are priced for a set of standard fixes. Interim services include; engine oil, oil filter change, checking of tyres, brakes, topping up power steering oil and screen wash, running diagnostics, road testing and various exterior / interior / under bonnet / engine / under vehicle checks… whereas a full service would include all of this plus wheel alignment, air filter change, topping up the windscreen fluid and clutch fluid plus even more exterior / interior / under bonnet / engine / under vehicle checks.

Aside from standard service price, garages usually have a set price for running diagnostics on your car, to replace a car battery, to fit new tyres, to replace an old exhaust or to charge the air conditioning. To quote for all of these additional services they only need your vehicle registration to look up the make and model of your car. The mechanic can then quote a price based on the parts and type of service required.

It is always recommended practice to ask around your area, whether it is via a local Facebook group or a Google search to see what kind of reviews that garage has, to see what their other customers have had to say about them. Do not be put off if there are one or two negative reviews as the majority of people only leave a review when it is to complain rather than a positive review, so be more on the look-out for how many positive reviews they have received from your community.

When the work has been completed and it is time to pay, make sure that there is a detailed invoice showing the break-down of the work carried out. Every little detail, no matter how small, that they have agreed e.g. changing spark plugs or fitting new windscreen wipers, needs to be on the invoice. This helps add to the value of the car when it comes to the resale if you have a history of services, replacements and repairs from trusted garages all documented in a folder, ready to pass on to the new owner. Lasty, if your car / van was booked in for a service, do remember to leave the logbook in a visible position (e.g. the front passenger seat) and before you drive off check that the garage has stamped to record the service in your logbook to save you having to drive back and ask them.

How much does a car mechanic cost?

MOT cost

There is a cap on the price for an MOT. If you are in need of a service it would be a good idea to get the MOT performed at the same time. Currently the ceiling price is £29.65 for a motorcycle and £54.85 for a car or van. You need to get an MOT when the vehicle is 3 years old. The garage might give you a special price to complete the service and MOT together. You don't pay VAT on an MOT.

MOT fee caps for the UK
  Vehicle class Age first MOT needed (years) Maximum MOT fee
Motorcycle (engine size up to 200cc) 1 3 £29.65
Motorcycle (engine size over 200cc) 2 3 £29.65
Cars (up to 8 passenger seats) 4 3 £54.85

Car service cost

In general, a service is whichever comes first, 5000 miles or a year since the last service, with it alternating yearly from interim service one year and the next year being a full service at the mark of 10,000 miles or two years since the last full service.

Prices vary but an average guideline price for a medium sized car is £200. A small car can be less, even £100 less depending on the type of service. Servicing expensive cars tends to cost more and you can pay up to £400.

Tip: Always follow your vehicle's manufacturer’s service schedule. Toyota cars still under warranty are best serviced at a Toyota approved dealership to not void the warranty period. Toyota will want the car serviced with genuine Toyota parts rather than no-name brands or inferior quality fitted. Car electronics are now smart enough to warn us (via their computerised system) when they are due for a service with a countdown usually giving at least a month or two’s notice.

Car repair cost

If it is not a service that you are booking your car or van in for, but rather a repair, days leading to the booking with the garage, pay particular attention to how the car or van responds on the road, any noises it might be making or jerking or lack of smoothness with steering, e.g. rather than describe a noise by the tyres, prepare more detail to pass on to the car mechanic such as a clucking sound coming from front right tyre... this will save time in the garage going through a longer process of elimination to discover the fault on your car or van which means overall you will have a smaller bill to pay. For any maintenance work that your car or van needs, be sure to give the car mechanic a history of that work, eg if it is that your air-conditioning needs topping up, mention when last it was re-gassed so that the car mechanic will be aware if it is the usual amount of air leaking out over the years or if it is leaking out more than it should.

Car service and repair costs

Replacement exhaust cost to supply and fit £180
Cost to replace brake pads and discs £250
MOT cost £50
Clutch replacement cost £550
Full annual car service cost £180
Diagnostics £60
Air-con re-gas £70
Brake fluid £60
Car batteries to fit and supply £140
Interim annual service £150
Yearly MOT with MOT certificate £50
Oil change only £30
Oil and filter change £100
Wheel balancing £40
Wheel alignment £60

Cheap car insurance renewal

Job Estimate
Ford Fiesta car insurance £45.00 per month
Ford Focus car insurance £53.06 per month
Ford Mondeo car insurance £62.95 per month
Ford Kuga car insurance £75.00 per month
VW Golf car insurance £52.75 per month
Vauxhall Corsa car Insurance £51.39 per month
Nissan Qashqai car insurance £52.79 per month
Vauxhall Astra car insurance £49.46 per month
Nissan Juke car insurance £57.14 per month
Volkswagen Polo car insurance £50.29 per month

Cheap van insurance renewal

Job Estimate
Cheap van insurance £45.00 per month
Cheap Ford transit custom van insurance £76.18 per month
Citroen Relay van insurance £77.02 per month
Volkswagen Transporter van insurance £84.45 per month
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van insurance £111.80 per month
Vauxhall Vivaro van insurance £67.76 per month

Rates for other trades

Car Mechanic near Aberdeen£40£280Car Mechanic near Amber Valley£40£263Car Mechanic near Arun£48£334Car Mechanic near Ashfield£39£256Car Mechanic near Aylesbury Vale£46£246Car Mechanic near Barnsley£34£239Car Mechanic near Basildon£50£295Car Mechanic near Basingstoke & Deane£48£298Car Mechanic near Bassetlaw£37£263Car Mechanic near Bath & North East Somerset£51£378Car Mechanic near Bedford£42£245Car Mechanic near Belfast£33£213Car Mechanic near Birmingham£36£217Car Mechanic near Blackburn£35£191Car Mechanic near Blackpool£51£255Car Mechanic near Bolton£37£237Car Mechanic near Bournemouth£42£335Car Mechanic near Bracknell Forest£47£286Car Mechanic near Bradford£38£236Car Mechanic near Braintree£49£222Car Mechanic near Bridgend£41£266Car Mechanic near Brighton£45£250Car Mechanic near Bristol£53£392Car Mechanic near Broxtowe£38£258Car Mechanic near Bury£36£232Car Mechanic near Caerphilly£41£265Car Mechanic near Calderdale£37£220Car Mechanic near Cambridge£40£350Car Mechanic near Canterbury£38£240Car Mechanic near Cardiff£41£272Car Mechanic near Charnwood£33£197Car Mechanic near Chelmsford£51£284Car Mechanic near Cheltenham£41£272Car Mechanic near Cherwell£64£339Car Mechanic near Chester£43£311Car Mechanic near Colchester£42£213Car Mechanic near Conway£30£150Car Mechanic near Coventry£38£287Car Mechanic near Crewe & Nantwich£35£233Car Mechanic near Dacorum£48£249Car Mechanic near Derby£39£250Car Mechanic near Doncaster£33£254Car Mechanic near Dudley£35£212Car Mechanic near Dundee£40£320Car Mechanic near East Ayrshire£35£164Car Mechanic near East Devon£39£278Car Mechanic near East Dunbartonshire£31£196Car Mechanic near East Hampshire£40£253Car Mechanic near East Hertfordshire£44£275Car Mechanic near East Lindsey£38£282Car Mechanic near East Riding£35£250Car Mechanic near Eastleigh£44£288Car Mechanic near Edinburgh£20£155Car Mechanic near Elmbridge£45£277Car Mechanic near Epping Forest£50£272Car Mechanic near Erewash£38£258Car Mechanic near Exeter£38£257Car Mechanic near Falkirk£26£191Car Mechanic near Fife£30£250Car Mechanic near Flintshire£44£319Car Mechanic near Gateshead£35£151Car Mechanic near Gedling£38£258Car Mechanic near Glasgow£31£196Car Mechanic near Gloucester£38£229Car Mechanic near Guildford£50£340Car Mechanic near Halton£39£279Car Mechanic near Harrogate£38£252Car Mechanic near Havant & Waterloo£48£348Car Mechanic near Horsham£46£296Car Mechanic near Ipswich£32£200Car Mechanic near Isle of Wight£48£299Car Mechanic near Kingston-upon-Hull£33£236Car Mechanic near Kirklees£38£242Car Mechanic near Knowsley£39£279Car Mechanic near Lancaster£55£440Car Mechanic near Leeds£38£247Car Mechanic near Leicester£33£197Car Mechanic near Lisburn£34£211Car Mechanic near Liverpool£40£288Car Mechanic near London£48£276Car Mechanic near Luton£43£259Car Mechanic near Macclesfield£35£236Car Mechanic near Maidstone£40£197Car Mechanic near Manchester£37£238Car Mechanic near Mid Bedfordshire£43£254Car Mechanic near Mid Sussex£45£260Car Mechanic near Middlesbrough£40£275Car Mechanic near Milton Keynes£41£234Car Mechanic near Neath Port Talbot£37£215Car Mechanic near New Forest£43£280Car Mechanic near Newbury£48£298Car Mechanic near Newcastle-under-Lyme£33£225Car Mechanic near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£35£151Car Mechanic near Newport£40£265Car Mechanic near North Ayrshire£34£165Car Mechanic near North East Lincolnshire£33£236Car Mechanic near North Hertfordshire£44£265Car Mechanic near North Lanarkshire£28£187Car Mechanic near North Lincolnshire£32£231Car Mechanic near North Somerset£48£343Car Mechanic near North Tyneside£35£150Car Mechanic near North Wiltshire£38£317Car Mechanic near Northampton£28£178Car Mechanic near Nottingham£38£258Car Mechanic near Nuneaton & Bedworth£38£287Car Mechanic near Oldham£36£231Car Mechanic near Oxford£62£228Car Mechanic near Plymouth£10£100Car Mechanic near Poole£42£403Car Mechanic near Portsmouth£50£324Car Mechanic near Powys£28£220Car Mechanic near Preston£40£171Car Mechanic near Reading£49£316Car Mechanic near Redcar & Cleveland£41£300Car Mechanic near Reigate & Banstead£47£315Car Mechanic near Renfrewshire£29£206Car Mechanic near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£46£274Car Mechanic near Rochdale£37£224Car Mechanic near Rotherham£33£223Car Mechanic near Salford£36£237Car Mechanic near Salisbury£44£294Car Mechanic near Sandwell£35£212Car Mechanic near Sefton£40£293Car Mechanic near Sevenoaks£45£280Car Mechanic near Sheffield£33£223Car Mechanic near Slough£45£270Car Mechanic near Solihull£36£249Car Mechanic near South Ayrshire£34£165Car Mechanic near South Bedfordshire£42£245Car Mechanic near South Cambridgeshire£43£314Car Mechanic near South Gloucestershire£54£412Car Mechanic near South Lanarkshire£26£185Car Mechanic near South Oxfordshire£52£274Car Mechanic near South Somerset£41£291Car Mechanic near South Tyneside£35£151Car Mechanic near Southampton£43£278Car Mechanic near Southend-on-Sea£47£225Car Mechanic near St Albans£47£254Car Mechanic near St Helens£39£275Car Mechanic near Stafford£32£207Car Mechanic near Stockport£36£240Car Mechanic near Stockton-on-Tees£40£275Car Mechanic near Stoke-on-Trent£33£225Car Mechanic near Stratford-on-Avon£35£199Car Mechanic near Stroud£38£229Car Mechanic near Suffolk Coastal£30£176Car Mechanic near Sunderland£35£151Car Mechanic near Swale£36£181Car Mechanic near Swansea£36£208Car Mechanic near Tameside£37£239Car Mechanic near Teignbridge£38£241Car Mechanic near Tendring£32£200Car Mechanic near Test Valley£33£244Car Mechanic near Thamesdown£35£200Car Mechanic near Thanet£38£240Car Mechanic near Thurrock£47£287Car Mechanic near Torbay£38£225Car Mechanic near Trafford£37£238Car Mechanic near Vale of Glamorgan£41£266Car Mechanic near Vale of White Horse£35£200Car Mechanic near Vale Royal£44£319Car Mechanic near Wakefield£36£242Car Mechanic near Walsall£35£212Car Mechanic near Warrington£37£253Car Mechanic near Warwick£37£256Car Mechanic near Waveney£30£200Car Mechanic near Waverley£50£291Car Mechanic near Wealden£42£200Car Mechanic near West Lancashire£39£260Car Mechanic near West Lothian£22£163Car Mechanic near West Wiltshire£38£317Car Mechanic near Wigan£37£240Car Mechanic near Windsor & Maidenhead£45£275Car Mechanic near Wirral£41£297Car Mechanic near Wokingham£47£295Car Mechanic near Wolverhampton£34£200Car Mechanic near Wrexham Maelor£44£342Car Mechanic near Wychavon£31£182Car Mechanic near Wycombe£44£270Car Mechanic near York£38£276