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Car Repairs Across the UK – Infographic

Car Repairs Across the UK – Infographic

 Is it really cheaper to get your car repaired in the north than the south? Is London really the most expensive place for car repair and maintenance? And did you know that Birmingham drivers are 78%  more likely to drive a Jaguar than the rest of the UK? The folk over at Who Can Fix My Car have been comparing car repair prices across the UK (plus a few other interesting insights too). Let’s take a look…

Damaged your car? How much will it cost to get it fixed? The team at WhoCanFixMyCar, the car repair and maintenance comparison site, have dug into the detail to find out just how much car repair and maintenance costs across the UK – as well as some interesting stuff about the habits of the UK motorist.

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The firm took a bucket of common car repairs – servicing, ‘under-the-bonnet’ work and brake and exhaust repairs – and divided the UK into regions and cities to get a full picture of the cost of car repair all over the country.

Here’s what they found:

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Brakes and Exhausts Engine and Cooling Servicing and MOT Grand Total
Edinburgh and Glasgow £                 155 £                 251 £                 140 £                 166
Northern Ireland £                 199 £                 233 £                 165 £                 180
Manchester £                 156 £                 280 £                 151 £                 184
Scotland £                 161 £                 262 £                 178 £                 186
North East £                 166 £                 275 £                 167 £                 192
Liverpool £                 169 £                 285 £                 162 £                 198
North West £                 160 £                 305 £                 171 £                 206
Birmingham £                 156 £                 312 £                 188 £                 213
Leeds £                 150 £                 326 £                 155 £                 214
West Midlands £                 176 £                 299 £                 184 £                 217
Yorkshire and Humberside £                 178 £                 319 £                 178 £                 220
East Midlands £                 180 £                 305 £                 185 £                 220
Wales £                 162 £                 334 £                 175 £                 221
South West £                 174 £                 316 £                 194 £                 231
London £                 195 £                 302 £                 208 £                 233
South East £                 185 £                 323 £                 199 £                 238
East Anglia £                 196 £                 327 £                 199 £                 241
UK average £                 178 £                 309 £                 186 £                 220

So, generally speaking it’s true it can be cheaper to get your motor repaired in the north of the UK, with costs in Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow all that bit easier on the pocket.

Broken down by city, the UK car repair league table looks like this:

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  1. London – £233
  2. Leeds – £214
  3. Birmingham – £213
  4. Liverpool – £198
  5. Manchester – £184
  6. Edinburgh – £166
  7. Glasgow – £166

OK, so London is the most expensive city for car repair and maintenance (£233), but it’s not that far off the UK average of £220. What’s more, some UK regions are far more costly than individual cities. Take East Anglia (£241) and the South East (£238), for example.

UK motorists

The research also shows some interesting insights into the make-up of the UK motorist – the type of cars they drive and the kind of repairs they’re most likely to need. Here are our top insights…

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  • Given the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Castle Bromwich has been producing Jaguars since the mid-’70s, it’s perhaps no surprise that Jaguars are popular in the Midlands. But did you know what drivers in Birmingham are 78% more likely to own one?
  • Ever driven in Scotland? Then you’ll know that conditions can, on occasion, be less than ideal. Given the diversity of terrain and occasionally inclement weather, it’s perhaps no surprise that Scots are more likely to drive hard-wearing Suzukis and Subarus.
  • And, despite lower driving speeds, Londoners are more likely to request bodywork or dent repairs (probably all that congestion)…

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    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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