VW specialist labour rates

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VW specialist labour rates

Post by JD Westy » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:59 am

I,ve just been stung with another large bill the guy I,ve been using for 20 years is now charging £45 an hour I find that excessive and told him so I think my days in VW,s are numbered if this is the way its going the so called scene tax is getting on my tits time for some realism in prices being asked for vehicles and the cost of services being provided or maybe I,m just to far behind with the cost of things today but to be honest I don,t want to catch up there VW,s for christ sake not classic Porsches Ferraris etc etc
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Post by richio » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:13 am

If thats a fully equipped garage...ie with rents rates and overheads I'd say its about right.

If its a guys that comes to your house and drinks tea....then a bit steep.

you could always try and do it yourself....I do....just dropped my engine for the first time!

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Post by NathanAndDeb » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:15 am

There are still good companies out there, Dead dubs in Derbyshire are the most resonable priced company I know. They charge about £200 a day!! (£25 per hour) :D
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Post by Crewcab beany » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:33 am

I never had that problem with the VW specialist i used when in the UK , But try and remember that Garages do have a lot of charges against them . Removeal of waste oil , Rates the list gos on and Fecking on .


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Post by JD Westy » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:44 am

my job pays £25 an hour which I think is very good? So a £45 an hour is piggin fantastic!! I had a Porsche for a couple of years and I took it to a place called Neinmester very well known specialist massive premises probabaly a staff of at least 30 web page advertising in all major publications etc etc this guy is on his own employs a part time lad whos probably on mim wage he dosn,t advertise or any other of the gloss you get at big independant Porsche specialists and only a last year was saying he couldn,t charge high labour rates because it didn,t feel right I think he,s bowed to pressure from his high flying girlfriend who is trying to drag him into the modern world and charge accordindly I,d have thought £30 an hour would been more appropiate the £25 mentioned above sounds like a bargain as for doing myself thats never really motivated me time is an issue and lack of knowledge moreso
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Post by snowman » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:03 am

speak to Daz at Aircooled performance , Northallerton
It s a fair ride from your spot but at £25 per hr its well worth the extra mileage, he knows his stuff too.
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Post by vwJim » Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:24 pm

I've heard of some that are more than that, then plus VAT.

My independent Audi guy is £35 +VAT. And my brother in laws garage's mechanics are charged at £70 + VAT with main dealers even more.
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Post by paul_f » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:59 pm

I understand the higher prices for people working on modern cars, as you require diagnostic kit that needs to be constantly updated as well as a lot more speciality tools to do particular jobs on specific cars.

If they are just working on aircooled VWs 45 an hour is excessive
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Post by Huw » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:15 pm

JD Westy wrote:my job pays £25 an hour which I think is very good? So a £45 an hour is piggin fantastic!! I had a Porsche for a couple of years and I took it to a place called Neinmester very well known specialist massive premises probabaly a staff of at least 30 web page advertising in all major publications etc etc this guy is on his own employs a part time lad whos probably on mim wage he dosn,t advertise or any other of the gloss you get at big independant Porsche specialists and only a last year was saying he couldn,t charge high labour rates because it didn,t feel right I think he,s bowed to pressure from his high flying girlfriend who is trying to drag him into the modern world and charge accordindly I,d have thought £30 an hour would been more appropiate the £25 mentioned above sounds like a bargain as for doing myself thats never really motivated me time is an issue and lack of knowledge moreso
You say you are paid £25 p/h thats bloody good, I'm self employed and charge £40 p/h but I dont get paid £40 p/h, wish I did!!

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Post by e m p i » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:47 am

45 sounds about the going rate these days, unless its a job that they quote for per job, ie some places charge a flat fee to do a clutch.
If you think about it, what does a plumber charge when they come round and that's not even talking about an emergency call out job where the take your pants down and have you good and proper :(

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Post by matt d » Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:39 pm

e m p i wrote:45 sounds about the going rate these days, unless its a job that they quote for per job, ie some places charge a flat fee to do a clutch.
If you think about it, what does a plumber charge when they come round and that's not even talking about an emergency call out job where the take your pants down and have you good and proper :(

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Post by robmccreedie » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:47 pm

£45 an hour, 40 hrs a week for 48 weeks of the year = £86400

Even with rates, running costs etc that is a bloody good salary! IMHO too much for repairing something that doesn't require a diagnostic specialism.


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Post by JD Westy » Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:45 pm

robmccreedie wrote:£45 an hour, 40 hrs a week for 48 weeks of the year = £86400

Even with rates, running costs etc that is a bloody good salary! IMHO too much for repairing something that doesn't require a diagnostic specialism.
I fully gree mate like I said at the start I thought I was on a good houtly rate his rate seems rather large hes had one or two customers lately who havn,t had enough money to settle bills....... I think he needs to re think his pricing policy but its not for me to tell anyone what to do with there business I can only go elsewhere or continue with gritted teeth
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Post by SplitScreenN00b » Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:55 pm

robmccreedie wrote:£45 an hour, 40 hrs a week for 48 weeks of the year = £86400

Even with rates, running costs etc that is a bloody good salary! IMHO too much for repairing something that doesn't require a diagnostic specialism.
This is over-simplifying things a bit... isn't it?

Rent, rates, insurance, lighting, internet, phones, heating, tools and tool servicing, accountants fees, hazardous waste removal....? I am no mechanic but I do know that running a business has a cost involved and "etc" doesn't necessarily cover it all.

At the end of the day if he is doing something that you cannot or will not do and he charges £45/hour then its down to you if you want to pay it. Right?

I used to get this all the time when I had my decorating business.

"How much? Just to sling some paint on a couple of walls? Can't you do it cheaper?"

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Post by robmccreedie » Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:09 pm

might be over simplifying but even taking those costs out it's still going to be a pretty bloody good income.

Few years ago the in-laws were looking at building another house in Ireland now the trades over there were charging stupid cash for work, they were quoted a minimum of 1 euro a block for the block work. Couple of years later that was down to 30 cents and probably now it would be even less. Taking the ....... in the good times then desperate for work when times are bad, boom and bust!

Whilst costs increase and there are costs involved with running a business, I'm aware of that, I think it's when people seem to hike rates up and slap on the 'scene tax' that £45 an hour is questionable.

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