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UK garages 'charge women £45 more for car repairs'

A study claims woman pay on average £45 more than men for car repairs Photo: PA Wire

Women pay more on average for the same garage repairs than men, a new study claims.

Research by ClickMechanic, an online marketplace for car repairs, claims women in Britain are charged an average £45 more than men for repairs.

It examined independent car garages across the UK and found a standard repair costing a man £571 will typically cost a woman £616 - an increase of eight per cent.

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Women pay an average £45 more for car repairs than men

Male and female mystery shoppers requested quotes to replace the clutch of a 2011 Ford Focus from 182 garages across ten UK cities as part of the investigation.

It found that eight out of the ten cities charged women a ‘female premium’ and only 6% of the surveyed garages gave a consistent quote to both male and female customers.

Birmingham repair garages charged the highest female premium - with women charged £582 in comparison to £445 for a man.

Only two out of the ten surveyed cities bucked the trend and charged men more for a repair, with Sheffield and Edinburgh garages quoting males 5% and 19% more than females respectively.

For every female car-owner in the UK this report will come as an unwelcome surprise.

While the vast majority of mechanics strive to provide honest and reliable quotes, these results show that there is a worrying minority of garages failing to do so.

There is a desperate need across the industry for transparency and consistency in price in order to establish trust with consumers of both sexes.

– Andrew Jervis, CEO of ClickMechanic