Regional disparity in service costs

Regional disparity in service costs

Drivers in the UK could save a collective £285 million simply by shopping around when they get their car serviced, according to research by What Car?

The magazine analysed the cost of servicing the 10 most popular cars in the UK across eight regions and found an average difference of £126 between the cheapest and most expensive services.

Motorists in Scotland (£210) and Wales (£217) enjoy the cheapest average prices across the country, while drivers in the South East shell out the most, with an average cost of £244.

What Car? took the 10 most searched models on its website and analysed the cost of the car's first service.

The analysis even found that vehicles made by the same manufacturer or produced from the same base model came with varying costs in service.

For example the Audi A3, Seat Leon, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf all share many components, including engines, but the survey found that it costs 62% more to service an A3 than an Octavia - with this average figure jumping to 93% in Wales.

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