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How much does it cost to replace a cambelt?

Stephen Wright, 11 months ago

5 min read

  • Advice
  • Repair
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The WhoCanFixMyCar team break down the average cost of replacing a cambelt by manufacturer in your area

If you would like to find out how much a cambelt repair could cost, we have created the following report to demonstrate average pricing across the UK. We will also reveal which car brands have the highest and lowest average costs when it comes to cambelt repair

WhoCanFixMyCar has sent literally thousands of cambelt repair estimates to drivers throughout the UK in recent years.

Analysing this data, we are able to provide a clear picture of pricing to help inform your knowledge of this specific service type.

The price of a cambelt repair across the UK*

Average cost of cambelt change by location
Birmingham£282.97
Cardiff£223.59
Edinburgh£326.95
Glasgow£270.71
Leeds£307.27
Liverpool£307.50
London£357.24
Manchester£312.09
Newcastle£328.06
Nottingham£315.97

Please note that the prices above are indicative of changing a cambelt as well as repairing the part.

As demonstrated above, the two most expensive cities in the UK for cambelt repair and replacement are London followed by Newcastle.

This goes against a trend which is prevalent in our other data reports, showing the north to be less expensive than the south when it comes to the average price of car maintenance.

A notable point is the difference in price between Liverpool and Manchester. Separated by 40 miles, the two cities are hardly far apart, yet a price difference of over £5exists.

If you live in Manchester, you can get quotes from local mechanics here.

However, if you would like to see how quotes compare in Liverpool, you can get estimates from Merseyside mechanics. Maybe it would be worth the journey!

Simply scroll down the page and select any of the garages. Once there, choose 'Get Quote' and sit back and wait.


The cost of cambelt replacement by manufacturer*

Our data shows that certain premium car brands have the highest repair and replacement costs associated with this particular service type.

Average cost of cambelt change by manufacturer
Audi£281.57
BMW£913.40
Citroen£256.12
Ford£265.90
Mercedes-Benz£355.96
Nissan£271.05
Peugeot£244.03
Nissan£271.05
Renault£305.30
Toyota£257.30
Vauxhall£146.74
Volkswagen£269.54
Volvo£299.06

As shown, BMW and Mercedes are by far the most expensive car brand with a price difference of up to £50 compared to the other premium makes.

One potential reason for such a large disparity is that the design of a BMW may conceal the cambelt further inside the engine itself, resulting in more labour time.

As is consistent with research on other key service types, Fiat has the lowest repair or replacement costs.

The reason for the low cost is likely to be due to the price of the part itself as well as easier access during a repair, resulting in lower labour costs.

Keep in mind that the figures highlighted in this report are averages and do not represent the price which you should pay for a specific repair in a certain city or for a specific car.

The only way to get a bespoke estimate is to get quotes from the best local garages. WhoCanFixMyCar provides this service to drivers for free and you will never be asked to give over your card details. Book now, pay at the garage.

* This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar between 02/07/2021 and 30/09/2021

What is involved in a cambelt repair?

Why is a cambelt change so pricey? What's involved in changing it? Gary from Complete Mechanics has helpfully put together a two minute video to answer your questions!

What is involved in a cambelt repair?

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