Car repairs? Where you live could drive up the cost

The cost of getting your car repaired varies significantly across France

The cost of getting your car repaired varies significantly across France, a study has found, with Île-de-France the most expensive region.

The average car owner spends around 15-20% of their car budget on repairs and maintenance, according to the French Automobile Association Club, with costs in Île-de-France around 15% higher than the rest of the country for equivalent work, according to a study by the online comparison website Idgarages.com.

The cheapest region was the Hauts-de-France, with prices for repairs 11% less dear than the average, while the Nouvelle Aquitaine and Occitanie were 7% and 6% cheaper respectively.

Conversely, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes et Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur, prices are 9% and 8% higher than the average respectively.

Idgarages.com found that it costs on average €46,04 to have a full electronic check-up, around €52,34 for work on the brake liquid, €226,54 for replacement of brake discs, and as much as €680,23 for a replacement clutch.

“The bills from garages reflect the wide differences in the cost of living in our regions,” said Jonathan Bloch, director of Idgarages.com, commenting on the figures. “In Île-de-France and Rhône-Alpes, the average salary is higher, and the price of property has soared. This is to be seen, expectedly, in garages too."

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