When drivers suffer breakdowns and take their cars in for repair the cost of labour can be many times more expensive than the parts needed, new research shows.
According to Warranty Direct, some repairs could cost just a few pence in terms of materials but the bill can end up being hundreds of pounds because of the time mechanics put in to doing them.
Its research involving thousands of policies on cars between three and 10 years old discovered that parts needed for repairs add up to £92.40 on average, but the typical cost of labour is more than twice that amount, at £188.
The difference in price is higher when the work is carried out by staff working for certain car manufacturers, especially Bentley, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.
The study highlighted one particular repair carried out at a garage that needed a transmission seal that cost just 33p. It said the owner of the car was charged £163 for the labour.
Copyright Press Association 2014