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Which car repair is right for you?

Struggling to understand what kind of repair your car needs? There are lots of different kinds of car repairs and ultimately, the right one for you will depend on what needs fixing. Any one of our trusted garages will be able to work with you to diagnose the problem before agreeing on which kind of repair should be carried out. Here are some typical car repair services and what they involve.

  • Brake repairs

    The average cost of a brake repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £316.89.

    Wear or failure of the brakes requires an urgent repair. Brake repairs are a common job and often include the replacement of parts.

    Can include
    • Diagnosis
    • Brake pad replacement
    • Brake caliper repair
    • Brake fluid replacement
    • Handbrake repair
    • Brake lines repair
  • Cambelt change

    The average cost of a cambelt change booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £275.75.

    A damaged or snapped cambelt can cause problems with the car engine or head gasket if it’s not replaced quickly.

    Can include
    • Diagnosis
    • Cambelt repair
    • Cambelt replacement
  • Clutch repairs

    The average cost of a clutch repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £483.34.

    If a clutch is slipping or making an unusual noise, it needs to be repaired. A car clutch can be replaced or repaired depending on the cause of the issue.

    Can include
    • Diagnosis
    • Clutch repair
    • Clutch replacement
  • Car body repair

    The average cost of a car body repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £426.43.

    Car body repairs include replacing or fixing issues to the external body of the car. The cost will depend on the extent of the damage and any part replacements that are needed.

    Can include
    • Dent and scratch removal
    • Alloy wheel refurbishment
    • Panel replacement
    • Paint respraying
    • Chassis realignment
  • Dent removal

    The average cost of dent removal booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £454.77.

    Car dents can be unattractive. Getting a car dent repair at a bodyshop can improve its resale value and make it look a lot more sightly. Repairs can range from the removal of minor scuffs to the replacement of car panels.

    Can include
    • Damage assessment
    • Paintless dent removal (PDR)
    • Dent sucking
    • Reverse hammer
    • Filling
    • Paint respray
    • Panel replacement
  • Scratch repairs

    The average cost of car body repair and scratch repairs booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £418.61.

    Getting a car dent repair at a bodyshop can improve its resale value and make it look a lot more sightly. SMART repairs (Small Medium Area Removal Technology) involve localised work on an area of your car body. In contrast, more significant repairs might require the removal and replacement of a car panel.

    Can include
    • Paintless dent removal (PDR)
    • SMART repairs
    • Scratch removal
    • Scuff removal
  • Car battery replacement

    The average cost of a car battery replacement booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £137.

    A car battery should be replaced every three years, or if the car continues to fail to start. There are three car battery types, including a Lead Acid battery, a calcium battery, and a VRLA battery.

    Can include
    • Battery assessment
    • Battery selection
    • Battery replacement
  • Car windscreen repair

    The average cost of a windscreen repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £272.60.

    Car windscreen repairs often involve a chip filling or a windscreen replacement and are relatively quick and straightforward jobs. The exact price of a windscreen repair will depend on the size of the car.

    Can include
    • Damage assessment
    • Windscreen chip repair
    • Windscreen replacement
  • Alloy wheel refurbishment

    The average cost of an alloy wheel repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £133.94.

    Alloy wheels need to be refurbished over time due to natural wear and tear. An alloy wheel refurbishment can be done 2-3 times before a replacement is necessary.

    Can include
    • Wheel cleaning and sandblasting
    • Scratch and gauge removal
    • Paint and lacquer
    • Crack and dent repair
  • Tyre puncture repair

    The average cost of a tyre puncture repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £24.65.

    Tyre puncture repair is a relatively cheap and simple job but must be done quickly to avoid damage to the car wheels or a breakdown. Often, a puncture repair is a temporary fix before getting new car wheels fitted.

    Can include
    • Wheel check
    • Puncture analysis
    • Puncture repair
  • Gearbox repair

    The average cost of a gearbox repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £381.75.

    A gearbox is used to change the speed of a car and is a common repair because gears get worn down easily. It's essential to get a gearbox issue diagnosed as soon as possible.

    Can include
    • Diagnosis
    • Gearbox repair
    • Gearbox replacement
  • Car electronics repair

    The average cost of a car electronics repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £56.44.

    Electrical faults are common, but there are many different types of fault because of a car's complex electrical system. Issues with the dashboard, locks, windows, stereo, lights, and engine can all be caused by electrical faults.

    Can include
    • Electrical system check
    • Fault diagnosis
    • Electrical repair
  • Paint repair

    The average cost of a paint repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £551.84.

    A paint repair comes under the category of bodywork. The cost will depend on the extent and size of the damage.

    Can include
    • Scratch removal
    • Respraying
    • Panel replacement
  • Exhaust repair

    The average cost of an exhaust repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £107.63.

    A warning light on the dashboard is the most common indicator that an exhaust needs to be repaired. The cost of the repair will depend on what is causing the problem.

    Can include
    • Diagnosis
    • Exhaust hole repair
    • Exhaust silencer repair
    • Exhaust replacement
  • Timing chain repair

    The average cost of a timing chain repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £702.16.

    A timing chain is an essential part of a car engine and needs to be replaced every 40,000 to 100,000 miles.

    Can include
    • Diagnosis
    • Timing chain repair
    • Timing chain replacement

Average cost of common car repairs

As you'd expect, some car repairs are easier than others. The cost of your car repair depends on what part of the car needs fixing, how long it will take, the price of any parts that need replacing, and the level of specialist who should do the job.

Average costs of car repairs also change over time. Below you can see the average price for common repairs over the last 12 months.

Car repairAverage priceGet quotes
Car body repair£428.92Get quotes
Mobile repair£66.83Get quotes
Car windscreen repair£272.60Get quotes
Car battery replacement£137Get quotes
Tyre puncture repair£24.65Get quotes
Gearbox repair£381.75Get quotes
Car aircon recharge£63.05Get quotes
Brake repair£316.89Get quotes
Car electronics repair£56.44Get quotes
Alloy wheel refurbishment£133.94Get quotes
Paint repair£551.84Get quotes
Clutch repair£483.34Get quotes
Exhaust repair£107.63Get quotes
Timing chain repair£702.16Get quotes

FAQs

How much does it cost to repair a damaged car?

There are a few different factors that affect how much your car repair will cost. The biggest factor is the area of damage. Minor damage to the body of your car, like dents, should cost no more than £200. In comparison, a gearbox repair can cost between £400-£500. Use our handy comparison tool to find quotes to repair your damaged car.

How to find the best mechanic to repair your car

It can be a bit overwhelming when you're faced with loads of great repair quotes. Here's how to assess the information we give you and find the best mechanic for your car repair. 

1. Read the reviews

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2. Assess the urgency of your repair

Check the next available booking time and whether it works for you.

3. Compare the price

Decide how much you're willing to pay to fix your car.

4. Decide if you need a mobile mechanic

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5. Option to pay in instalments

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