Death of DIY is a boon for independents


workshopDuncan McClure Fisher, Managing Director of Warranty Direct, said: “The days of changing oil, filters and replacing light bulbs on the driveway are fast becoming a thing of the past – in some cases they already are.”

The warranty provider’s annual study of garage labour rates outlines the amount of time technicians have to spend carrying out once simple tasks.

In the 1980’s changing the timing belt on a Ford Escort would have been a straightforward and quick job, but now to do the same work on Focus will take a garage more than three hours.

An 1994 Audi A4 headlamp change would take around 10 minutes for a cost of around £6, while today’s A4 requires the whole headlight cluster to be bought for five times the cost and uses 45 minutes of a technicians time.

Some of the top 10 selling cars have some astonishing repair times on average the BMW 1 and 3 Series front headlamp will take an hour of the technicians time, while a Mercedes-Benz C-Class will take a garage two hours to complete an oil and filter change, costing the owner £70 for the privilege.

Due to the advancement of automotive electronics, today’s vehicles also require specialist tools and diagnostic equipment which is also putting owners off working on their own cars.

Leamoco and M1 acquired by AAG

Former IFA and Groupauto member

Read More

In Pictures: It’s a wrap for Fleet Factors

TMD branding on Teeside-based chain’s vehicles

Read More

DVLA ‘ghost records’ highlight EU driving licence loophole

Licence holders that do not update details are causing a headache for insurers

Read More

Over half of garages preparing to increase prices

Survey shos increasing parts prices, coupled with cost of living, is bringing workshops to increase rates

Read More

GSF Car Parts looks ‘Beyond Tomorrow’ with national staff conference

First all-hands meeting since November rebrand

Read More

Go to comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *