Fleets Benefit As Mazda Dealers Have Lowest UK Labour Rates

Labour rates at Mazda franchised dealers are the lowest in the country thus helping fleets to reduce operating costs, according to a survey of 30 manufacturers by Warranty Direct.

Service, maintenance and repair costs (SMR), are one of the key ingredients for fleets in calculating vehicle wholelife costs – the benchmark from which the majority of fleet decision-makers compile their company car choice lists.

The survey reveals that the maximum recorded hourly labour rate to repair a car at a Mazda franchised dealer (£51.81) was less than half that charged by franchised dealers from rival manufacturers such as BMW (£115.62) and Volvo (£111.62). Figures include VAT.

Similarly the survey also reveals that in the last five years the increase in labour rates at Mazda franchised dealers has been just 2.1% - significantly lower than any other major manufacturer. By comparison the hourly rate for Volkswagen technicians has increased a massive 95% in five years, BMW by 85%, Toyota by 55.5% and Alfa Romeo by 66%.

The survey by the motor warranty specialist reveals that motorists are being charged an average of 44% more for labour at franchised dealers than five years ago. In comparison, the national weekly wage for a manual worker has increased by 12.1% since 1998.

In fact the Warranty Direct analysis reveals that the maximum hourly charge to repair a Mazda today is £1.15 lower than the £52.96 average maximum hourly charge to repair a car in 1998.

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Published 5 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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