Automobile: the prices of repairs and tires are soaring

Automobile: the prices of repairs and tires are soaring

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The 6th car repair price barometer, produced by the quote comparator “idGarages.com”, indicates that prices have increased between 5 and 16% depending on the type of part. And the tires are no exception. The mechanics pass on, with the difficulties that this entails for motorists. A particularly sensitive price surge in Occitania.

Very expensive car! The passion of the French for your streamlined lines has lost ground since the infernal mechanics of inflation went into high gear at the beginning of 2022. Rising prices oblige, the French are delaying their purchase project. In January, 109,245 vehicles over 15 years old were sold against 102,000 new vehicles, a first. So much so that the average age of the car fleet then exceeds 11 years, when it was 9 years old in 2018.
Problem, it is also difficult for motorists who have made the choice of the occasion if we refer to the last barometer idGarages.com which analyzes each year 30 million estimates drawn up by its 4,300 partner garages. Shortages, the rise in the price of raw materials which impacts the price of parts, the increasing workforce… the factors which explain the rise in prices are multiple.
And the result is there. In the second quarter of 2022, braking parts increased by almost 9%, clutches by 5%…

Despite an above-average increase, Occitanie in the least expensive regions

Small consolation, the mechanics of Occitanie are among the cheapest in France despite a price increase higher than the national average. They charge 538 euros, or +6.53% for a distribution kit, 803 € or +7.93% for a clutch kit.

INFOGRAPHIC DDM, PHILIPPE RIOUX

INFOGRAPHIC DDM, PHILIPPE RIOUX

But in Occitania as elsewhere, the time remains for questions for those who do not have the possibility of telecommuting or carpooling.

What is the best strategy with regard to the current economic situation: buy a recent vehicle or extend the useful life of an existing one? “Keep what already exists, if we have maintained it well and if we take care of it. Not if we were slow to make the revisions, ”replies Fabien Borsa, marketing director of the online price comparison idGarages.com. Hence the interest of requiring maintenance invoices when looking for a used car.

But all is not so black under the present circumstances. Pads offered for the purchase of a set of brake discs, use of private label parts, discount on labor time… mechanics are doing more to keep customers.

“By comparing the prices on 40 different services, we observed 5% more discount this year. The sales statistics are so catastrophic that professionals are making efforts, notes Fabien Borsa. There is a real risk that motorists will desert garages with prices that are too high. They say to themselves, I’ll do the repair later, or not at all. This would be a dangerous choice for vehicle safety. »
Garage owners are aware of this, which explains an increase in the general overhaul limited to 3.5% (2.94% in Occitania) despite the high oil inflation (+16%).

To avoid discouraging customers, mechanics have limited the price increase of the general overhaul to less than 3%, when the oil has increased by 16%.

To avoid discouraging customers, mechanics have limited the price increase of the general overhaul to less than 3%, when the oil has increased by 16%.
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But beware of the other side of the coin for those who keep their vehicle too long. “A particulate filter costs €1,500 to replace it, usually at 100,000 km, recalls Gérald Sgobbo, vice-president of the National Automobile Federation. If you keep a car for more than 200,000 km, you have to change it twice. »
Elementary for Michel Houellebecq, perhaps. But less and less essential for small budgets. And a motorist without a filter can get out of hand, especially when he’s angry. Not very good for the government politically.

Record tire profits and service returns

Tires are up 2 to 12% depending on the brand. Tired of the harsh remarks of dissatisfied customers, a mechanic from Toulouse wonders. “I don’t mind there being a problem with the carbon black produced in Ukraine, but…” “The worst of the inflation is among the manufacturers. We are not adding to it, ”defends another.

Would Michelin and co pass on more than the rise in the cost of raw materials that they are themselves experiencing? Michelin made a turnover of 23.8 billion dollars last year, for a net profit of 1.8 billion and a margin of 12.5%, thus returning to the level which it was before the health crisis. . Goodyear announces a turnover up 38.2% for a profit of 553 million. And 2022 promises to be of the same ilk according to the experts.

The State will increase its aid by 30 centimes per liter of fuel on September 1. With such profits, couldn’t manufacturers also make a move on tyres?

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