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How much will it cost to service or repair my car

 Keeping up your annual car service guarantees that when it comes 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, HaMuch has useful information including checkpoints to work through when finding the perfect mechanic for your car or van.

Managing money and getting off on the right foot with your car mechanic

When choosing a Garage, whether it is for a planned service or repair work, speak to different car mechanics to acquire multiple quotes from different garages so that not only can you compare pricing but also what type of service is included, e.g., when quoted for an oil change does the quote only cover labour and do you still need to add the cost of oil on top of the quote or has that been included? Will they specify what brand of car engine oil they are using? (There is a quality and monetary difference between a brand like Castrol or Shell vs a no-name brand.) Find out if the garage is VAT registered and then see if they have quoted an inclusive of VAT price. Most car mechanics ask for payment when collecting your motor vehicle, and if you are needing to put the cost on a credit card, check beforehand that they will accept card payments and not only cash and 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 pricing, garages usually have set prices for running Diagnostics on your car to help fault find, replacing a dead car battery, fitting new tyres, replacing an old exhaust, serving the airconditioning…
Most of the time to quote for all of these additional services, all that they need is your vehicle registration to look up the make and model of your car, and the price may differ slightly based on the vehicle. This is often down to the computer system of modern vehicles seeing more intricate than others.

Like with choosing any tradespeople, it is always recommended practise to ask around in your area, whether it is via a local Facebook group for where you live or a Google search to see what kind of reviews that the garages, you are receiving quotes from, have and see what their other customers have had to say about them. Do not be put off if there is 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 you have booked your car in, 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.

Defining the quality and detail of the job

If it is an annual service you are after, try and liaise your annual MOT to have it carried out at the same time as your annual service because often when booking in both the service and MOT you can get a slight discount on the MOT. Always follow your vehicles manufacturer’s service schedule e.g. Toyota cars still under warranty is best to service 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. Cars nowadays are 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.

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.

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.

Rough guide for how much basic car mechanic work costs;

Job Job details Estimate

Servicing

Full annual service

£200

Servicing

Interim annual service

£150

Servicing

Yearly MOT

£50

Servicing

Oil change

£30

Servicing

Oil and filter change

£100

Repairs

Diagnostics

£60

Replacement

Air-con re-gas

£70

Replacement

Brake fluid

£60

Replacement

Car batteries to fit and supply

£140

Replacement

Exhaust (fit and supply)

£200

Tyres

Wheel balancing

£40

Tyres

Wheel alignment

£60

 

Rates for other trades

Car Mechanic Rates: Average Hourly and Daily Rates
Car Mechanic: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Car Mechanic near Aberdeen£40£280
Car Mechanic near Amber Valley£38£254
Car Mechanic near Arun£50£400
Car Mechanic near Ashfield£39£251
Car Mechanic near Aylesbury Vale£42£232
Car Mechanic near Barnsley£34£220
Car Mechanic near Basildon£46£276
Car Mechanic near Basingstoke & Deane£39£260
Car Mechanic near Bassetlaw£38£270
Car Mechanic near Bath & North East Somerset£38£300
Car Mechanic near Bedford£42£245
Car Mechanic near Belfast£32£213
Car Mechanic near Birmingham£34£204
Car Mechanic near Blackburn£34£128
Car Mechanic near Blackpool£60£150
Car Mechanic near Bolton£38£239
Car Mechanic near Bournemouth£42£348
Car Mechanic near Bracknell Forest£44£252
Car Mechanic near Bradford£35£216
Car Mechanic near Braintree£50£205
Car Mechanic near Bridgend£40£273
Car Mechanic near Brighton£45£250
Car Mechanic near Bristol£46£350
Car Mechanic near Broxtowe£38£253
Car Mechanic near Bury£36£228
Car Mechanic near Caerphilly£38£264
Car Mechanic near Calderdale£34£178
Car Mechanic near Cambridge£40£350
Car Mechanic near Canterbury£38£240
Car Mechanic near Cardiff£40£275
Car Mechanic near Charnwood£29£197
Car Mechanic near Chelmsford£50£304
Car Mechanic near Cheltenham£43£297
Car Mechanic near Cherwell£46£228
Car Mechanic near Chester£42£315
Car Mechanic near Colchester£40£168
Car Mechanic near Conway£30£150
Car Mechanic near Coventry£42£327
Car Mechanic near Crewe & Nantwich£37£243
Car Mechanic near Dacorum£49£252
Car Mechanic near Derby£37£246
Car Mechanic near Doncaster£32£227
Car Mechanic near Dudley£29£189
Car Mechanic near Dundee£40£320
Car Mechanic near East Ayrshire£37£200
Car Mechanic near East Devon£40£320
Car Mechanic near East Dunbartonshire£32£86
Car Mechanic near East Hampshire£28£206
Car Mechanic near East Hertfordshire£44£276
Car Mechanic near East Riding£35£250
Car Mechanic near Eastleigh£45£311
Car Mechanic near Edinburgh£20£155
Car Mechanic near Elmbridge£45£281
Car Mechanic near Epping Forest£51£268
Car Mechanic near Erewash£38£253
Car Mechanic near Exeter£38£257
Car Mechanic near Fife£30£250
Car Mechanic near Flintshire£42£315
Car Mechanic near Gateshead£35£150
Car Mechanic near Gedling£38£248
Car Mechanic near Glasgow£32£86
Car Mechanic near Gloucester£40£245
Car Mechanic near Guildford£48£321
Car Mechanic near Halton£37£270
Car Mechanic near Harrogate£33£217
Car Mechanic near Havant & Waterloo£48£348
Car Mechanic near Horsham£45£250
Car Mechanic near Ipswich£31£183
Car Mechanic near Isle of Wight£48£299
Car Mechanic near Kirklees£33£221
Car Mechanic near Knowsley£37£270
Car Mechanic near Leeds£33£220
Car Mechanic near Leicester£27£163
Car Mechanic near Lisburn£35£210
Car Mechanic near Liverpool£39£283
Car Mechanic near London£50£270
Car Mechanic near Luton£43£260
Car Mechanic near Macclesfield£36£238
Car Mechanic near Maidstone£38£158
Car Mechanic near Manchester£38£239
Car Mechanic near Mid Bedfordshire£43£256
Car Mechanic near Mid Sussex£42£200
Car Mechanic near Middlesbrough£37£262
Car Mechanic near Milton Keynes£41£236
Car Mechanic near Neath Port Talbot£36£222
Car Mechanic near New Forest£45£297
Car Mechanic near Newbury£50£310
Car Mechanic near Newcastle-under-Lyme£33£220
Car Mechanic near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£35£150
Car Mechanic near Newport£38£260
Car Mechanic near North Ayrshire£37£200
Car Mechanic near North Hertfordshire£44£266
Car Mechanic near North Lanarkshire£29£83
Car Mechanic near North Lincolnshire£32£228
Car Mechanic near North Somerset£41£289
Car Mechanic near North Wiltshire£39£309
Car Mechanic near Northampton£25£164
Car Mechanic near Nottingham£38£253
Car Mechanic near Nuneaton & Bedworth£42£327
Car Mechanic near Oldham£38£231
Car Mechanic near Oxford£46£228
Car Mechanic near Poole£45£495
Car Mechanic near Portsmouth£50£324
Car Mechanic near Powys£28£220
Car Mechanic near Preston£42£150
Car Mechanic near Reading£47£284
Car Mechanic near Redcar & Cleveland£38£300
Car Mechanic near Reigate & Banstead£48£325
Car Mechanic near Renfrewshire£18£98
Car Mechanic near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£40£282
Car Mechanic near Rochdale£38£212
Car Mechanic near Rotherham£32£182
Car Mechanic near Salford£38£236
Car Mechanic near Sandwell£29£189
Car Mechanic near Sefton£38£290
Car Mechanic near Sevenoaks£39£252
Car Mechanic near Sheffield£32£148
Car Mechanic near Slough£43£250
Car Mechanic near Solihull£38£270
Car Mechanic near South Ayrshire£37£200
Car Mechanic near South Bedfordshire£42£245
Car Mechanic near South Cambridgeshire£43£304
Car Mechanic near South Gloucestershire£49£400
Car Mechanic near South Lanarkshire£25£190
Car Mechanic near South Oxfordshire£47£237
Car Mechanic near South Somerset£39£280
Car Mechanic near South Tyneside£35£150
Car Mechanic near Southampton£45£297
Car Mechanic near Southend-on-Sea£43£213
Car Mechanic near St Albans£48£260
Car Mechanic near St Helens£36£258
Car Mechanic near Stafford£28£188
Car Mechanic near Stockport£40£249
Car Mechanic near Stockton-on-Tees£37£262
Car Mechanic near Stoke-on-Trent£33£220
Car Mechanic near Stratford-on-Avon£39£206
Car Mechanic near Stroud£40£245
Car Mechanic near Suffolk Coastal£28£165
Car Mechanic near Sunderland£35£150
Car Mechanic near Swale£35£175
Car Mechanic near Swansea£36£222
Car Mechanic near Tameside£40£247
Car Mechanic near Teignbridge£38£225
Car Mechanic near Tendring£32£175
Car Mechanic near Test Valley£34£283
Car Mechanic near Thamesdown£35£200
Car Mechanic near Thanet£38£240
Car Mechanic near Thurrock£41£259
Car Mechanic near Torbay£38£225
Car Mechanic near Trafford£38£237
Car Mechanic near Vale of Glamorgan£40£273
Car Mechanic near Vale of White Horse£35£200
Car Mechanic near Vale Royal£42£315
Car Mechanic near Wakefield£33£220
Car Mechanic near Walsall£29£189
Car Mechanic near Warrington£38£268
Car Mechanic near Warwick£43£281
Car Mechanic near Waveney£30£200
Car Mechanic near Waverley£46£263
Car Mechanic near Wealden£45£250
Car Mechanic near West Lancashire£37£248
Car Mechanic near West Lothian£10£60
Car Mechanic near West Wiltshire£39£309
Car Mechanic near Wigan£36£240
Car Mechanic near Windsor & Maidenhead£43£248
Car Mechanic near Wirral£39£291
Car Mechanic near Wokingham£45£261
Car Mechanic near Wolverhampton£26£161
Car Mechanic near Wrexham Maelor£41£348
Car Mechanic near Wychavon£34£179
Car Mechanic near Wycombe£38£210
Car Mechanic near York£38£276