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Used car 'repair job costs increase'

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Half of independent garage operators have noted an increase in the cost of new and used car repair jobs over the last six months, according to new research.

Some 53.3 per cent of garages have seen repair job costs rise, the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) survey shows.

Eight in ten respondents also believe that the burden of regulations is diverting attention from the prime focus of their business.

Nearly half claim that profits will fall before interest and tax this financial year but they also note an upturn in repair over preventative maintenance in the tougher market conditions.

Commenting on the findings, RMI director Sue Robinson explained that the independent garage sector is going through some tough times.

However, she added that "there are still positive signs and many businesses are still looking towards the future".

He said: "The need to invest in that future seems to be recognised, and the IGA [Independent Garage Association] will continue to support its members, to help them to grow their way out of the current economic situation."

Motorists were recently urged to check the safety of their cars before setting off on overseas driving holidays this year by Saga.

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