Cars: the prices of repairs and tires are sky high

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The 6th Car Repair Price Barometer, produced by quote comparator “idGarages.com”, indicates that prices have increased between 5 and 16% depending on the type of part. And the tires are no exception. The mechanics are moving on with the difficulties it causes for motorists. A particularly sensitive price increase in Occitanie.

Very expensive car! The passion of the French for your streamlined lines has lost ground since the infernal mechanics of inflation went into high gear at the beginning of 2022. Rising prices oblige the French to delay their purchase project. In January, 109,245 vehicles over 15 years old were sold against 102,000 new vehicles, the first. So much so that the average age of the car fleet then exceeds 11 years, as it was 9 years old in 2018.
Problem, it is also difficult for motorists who have made the choice of the occasion, if we refer to the last barometer idGarages.com, which every year analyzes 30 million estimates prepared by its 4,300 partner garages. Shortages, the increase in the price of raw materials, which affects the price of parts, the increasing labor force … the factors that explain the increase in prices are several.
And the result is there. In the second quarter of 2022, brake parts increased by almost 9%, clutches by 5%…

Despite an increase above the average, Occitanie is in the cheapest regions

A small consolation, the mechanics in Occitanie are among the cheapest in France, despite a price increase higher than the national average. They charge €538 or +6.53% for a distribution kit, €803 or +7.93% for a clutch kit.

INFOGRAPHIC DDM, PHILIPPE RIOUX

But in Occitanie, as elsewhere, there is still time for questions for those who do not have the option of remote work or carpooling.

What is the best strategy given the current economic situation: buy a newer vehicle or extend the life of an existing one? “Keep what already exists if we have maintained it well and if we look after it. Not if we were slow to do the revisions,” replies Fabien Borsa, marketing director of online price comparison idGarages.com. Hence the interest in requiring maintenance invoices when looking for a used car.

But all is not so bleak under the current circumstances. Pads are offered for the purchase of a set of brake discs, use of private label parts, discount on labor time… mechanics do more to keep customers.

“By comparing the prices of 40 different services, we saw 5% more discount this year. The sales statistics are so catastrophic that professionals are making an effort, notes Fabien Borsa. There is a real risk of motorists leaving garages with excessively high prices. They say to themselves, I’ll do the repair later or not at all. This would be a dangerous choice for the safety of the vehicle.”
Garage owners are aware of this, which explains an increase in general maintenance limited to 3.5% (2.94% in Occitanie) despite the high oil inflation (+16%).

To avoid discouraging customers, mechanics have limited the general overhaul price increase to less than 3% when oil has risen by 16%.

To avoid discouraging customers, mechanics have limited the general overhaul price increase to less than 3% when oil has risen by 16%.
PHOTO DDM, CARTOON

But beware of the other side of the coin for those who keep their vehicle too long. “A particulate filter costs €1,500 to replace, usually at 100,000 km, recalls Gérald Sgobbo, vice-president of the National Automobile Federation. If you keep a car for more than 200,000 km, you have to change it twice. »
Elementary for Michel Houellebecq, perhaps. But less and less crucial for small budgets. And a driver without a filter can get out of control, especially when angry. Not very good for the government politically.

Record tire profit and service return

Tires are up to 2 to 12% depending on the brand. Tired of the harsh remarks of dissatisfied customers, a mechanic from Toulouse wonders. “I don’t mind that there is a problem with carbon black produced in Ukraine, but…” “The worst inflation is among the producers. We don’t add to it,” defends another.

Would Michelin and co pass on more than the increase in raw material prices that they themselves are experiencing? Michelin posted sales of $23.8 billion last year for a net profit of $1.8 billion and a margin of 12.5%, returning to pre-health crisis levels. Goodyear announces a revenue increase of 38.2% to a profit of 553 million. And 2022 promises to be of the same style, according to the experts.

The state will increase its support by 30 centimes per liters of fuel on 1 September. Couldn’t the manufacturers with such profits also make the move to tires?

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