Car mechanics under ‘unprecedented pressure’, warns garage boss

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His workshop costs have increased by 30-40 percent

A Norwich garage owner has warned that the combination of a shortage of car parts and inflation is putting the nation’s car mechanics under “unprecedented pressure“.

Shawn Taylor, owner of STR Service Centre, told the Eastern Daily Press that some customers are having to wait up to six months for repair work.

He said: “A lot of experienced technicians left the game during Covid and never came back. That’s pushed wages up because we’re having to compete with other garages to attract staff.

“But the problem with that is we don’t have the money to keep putting up peoples’ pay – even though we would love to.”

He told the paper he has increased prices by around 10 percent, but this isn’t enough to cover the surge in running costs, which have risen by 30 to 40 percent.

“You can only pass on the cost to customers so much before you price yourself out of the market,“ he confessed, “but the truth is we’re barely breaking even right now.”

Source: Eastern Daily Press

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