Repairing the car: regional disparities.

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A repair cost that varies greatly

A repair cost that varies greatly

The French are not all in the same boat when it comes to making repairs on their cars. Indeed, a study carried out by “iDGarage”, online car quote comparator, lists the tariffs of twelve services in 2,000 independent garages in France. The figures provided by the latter reveal that to carry out the overhaul of a vehicle the French must pay an average of 217 euros. Regarding the electrical diagnosis, it is billed for 47 euros in general. To change a battery, the average price is estimated at 129 euros, while that of a clutch kit costs on average 680 euros. Other operations are cited as the change of discs and brake pads (27 euros) or the shock absorbers (322 euros). However, depending on the place of vacation or even that of a principal residence, individuals see their bill go up when they want to make a repair on their vehicle. Thus, it is in Ile de France that the budget is the highest since it exceeds the national average on all operations by 15%. In second place, the most expensive regions are the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes with 9% higher prices followed by the PACA region with + 8%. Conversely, some motorists can achieve real savings in regions such as the Hauts de France where average prices are 11% lower while they display -7% in New Aquitaine and -6% in Occitania.

Between 15 and 20% of the car budget

Between 15 and 20% of the car budget

Before carrying out operations at a garage, it can be profitable to compare prices with attention, especially when we know that the maintenance of a vehicle through repairs represents annually between 15 and 20% of the overall budget that the French devote to their car. In 2016, it was between 5,400 and 6,200 euros and it takes into account maintenance and repairs of course but also fuel, insurance, toll or parking. A budget that should not lighten up next year since the technical control is being reformed. In application of a European directive, it should be subject to a more rigorous and stricter examination. Some serious and urgent repairs must be carried out within a maximum of 24 hours, which will increase the cost . Currently, the price of a technical inspection for a car is 65 euros.

Motorists will have to be even more vigilant in the future about their expenses to maintain and use their car. When a household has accumulated several loans with monthly payments a significant expense each month, it is possible to turn to a group of loans . This is a way of restructuring debt that allows a household to subscribe to a single credit obtained at a low rate. This improvement in budget management will make it possible to pay reduced monthly payments. Reducing the amount of the monthly payments will lead to an extension of the repayment term and an increase in the overall cost of this new loan.

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