New information released by the Independent Garage Association (IGA) has found that fleet operators could save as much as £40 per hour on repair costs by visiting an independent garage. Following a poll of more than 2,000 members on their labour rates, the IGA concluded that independent garages "continue to offer motorists the very best value for money". The IGA launched its nationwide 'Trust My Garage' scheme in a bid to ensure all UK motorists and fleet operators could find a trusted local independent garage. Figures from the poll found the average labour cost is around £40 for independent firms. In stark contrast, the most recent Warranty Direct annual Labour Rates Survey revealed average national hourly labour rates for franchise garages stood at £95.94. Of all the IGA survey respondents, just two independent garages in the UK were charging even close to £90 per hour for labour rates, with the vast majority charging less than £50 per hour. Stuart James, director of the RMI's Independent Garage Association, said: "With the costs associated with owning a vehicle continually rising, it is fantastic to see that independent garages are continuing to offer motorists outstanding value for money." Location appears to play a part in the most expensive areas for labour rates. The five lowest prices were recorded in more rural areas such as Cambridgeshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire and Cumbria. Meanwhile the five highest labour rates were recorded in London, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Kent. Have you ever considered a vehicle remarketing service for your fleet? At IT Fleet Automotive we provide a range of fleet services designed to keep your business moving. Our highly-skilled, approachable team offer cost-effective appraisal and vehicle refurbishment solutions. We also provide efficient fleet transport services in order to minimise downtime and improve the bottom line of businesses large or small. Why not call our friendly team today to discuss our services further on 01473 313057 or drop us a line using our simple online enquiry form.