The great garage rip off

Due to a small handful of untrustworthy garages, 85% of drivers don't trust car mechanics. We uncover techniques that dodgy garages use to rip off honest drivers.

The great garage rip off

There are a few bad eggs out there that will try and rip you off. Often they’ll bombard you technical jargon, take advantage of a lack of knowledge and generally try to get you spending as much money as possible. But how can you get around this?

Remember, not all mechanics are out to scam you.

A mechanic's guide to not getting ripped off

A few unreliable garages are responsible for causing mistrust between motorists and car mechanics.

Now one in eight drivers believe they've been pressured into having repairs they don't need. With the help of trusted mechanic Thomas, we've created a guide to uncover some of the common tricks used by dodgy garages to get you spending.


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Most common car repairs and their cost

To help you gauge how much you should spend on a car repair, here is the average cost of the most common car repairs across the UK.

Repair Average cost
Brake pads and discs £180.44
Cambelt change £313.82
Clutch replacement £442.50
Full service £160.80
Head gasket £507.82
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MOT, servicing and repairs

Compare reliable garages for your next service, repair or MOT.