Garage labour cost increase highlights the advantage of car leasing

Garage labour cost increase highlights the advantage of car leasing

You’re driving work and everything’s going fine, then suddenly there’s a noise. It’s coming from your car and it doesn’t sound good. Something is wrong with the car.

One of your first thoughts will naturally be about how much it’s going to cost to repair the issue, especially as car problems seem to occur at the most inconvenient time. Unfortunately, results of a survey by Warranty Direct have revealed that garage labour costs are on the increase. The firm’s annual Labour Rates Survey found that the average hourly rate for independent and franchised dealers has increased by 3% to £83.

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Owners of older cars are therefore likely to be hit the hardest, as their vehicles tend to require more maintenance and repair work than newer vehicles. If this is the case for you, keeping your car on the road may well be a false economy. The good news is that there is another option in the form of car leasing.

There are hundreds of great car leasing deals available that will allow you to drive a new vehicle for an affordable monthly fee. In other words, you get to drive a car that’s more reliable and less likely to breakdown. Furthermore, the vehicle’s servicing and tyres can also be covered as part of the car lease contract.

Whether you fancy driving a new Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Vauxhall or Jaguar, there are plenty of options. Typically, the length of contract will be between 24 and 36 months, although many firms offer even longer term car leasing options.

Although traditionally associated with business contracts, more and more individual motorists are choosing car leasing ahead of car buying. One reason is the uncertainty that comes with car ownership – i.e. you don’t really know what you’re getting. This is especially true of older cars, but then those are typically the ones that are affordable.

By opting for a car lease deal, you’re under no obligation to buy the vehicle. In fact, at the end of your lease, you can hand back the keys and start a new contract on a newer or better model. Alternatively, many car lease specialists provide the option to buy the vehicle you’ve been leasing. And seeing as you’ve been the one behind the wheel, this time you’ll know exactly what you’re buying.

Car leasing deals are available on small cars, such as Peugeot 107s and Mini Coopers, through to 4x4s like the Audi Q3 and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

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