‘Higher car repair prices for women’ myth refuted
The previously published research found that women are being charged up to a third more than their male counterparts for car repair. ClickMechanic tested independent car garages around the country and found that, on average, women were quoted £45 more than men despite requesting identical jobs on identical cars.
In response, WhoCanFixMyCar.com checked its data covering 113,000 previous users, 6,600 registered garages and 4,000 weekly tailored repair quotes and found that the overall average female quote was actually over 10% lower.
Across 64,000 data points, encompassing everything from an oil change to more complex work such as clutch replacement and even full resprays, the average quote to women was £208, compared to £233 for men.
However the research also found that the data was not on a ‘like-for-like’ basis with most cars showing either a male or a female bias. Re-evaluating the data for evenly popular vehicles (namely, Focus, Astra, Golf, Megane and Zafira) found a 1.3% difference in repair costs in women’s favour, although the company said the variance is too small to use as a true indicator of any bias.
However, WhoCanFixMyCar.com did add that the service and repair industry could still do better at attracting ‘direct’ female business, above all when the issue is seen as particularly complex.