Survey time

Find out garages' investment plans and what they fear is the biggest threat to their business

Published:  24 August, 2009

INDEPENDENT garages fear the burden of legislation will harm their businesses, according to a survey by the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).

81.5% of respondents believe the burden of legislation is diverting attention from their business.

53.3% say the average job cost has risen in the last six months.

45.6% of respondents forecast a decrease in earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) profits this financial year.

62.1% of those polled see a trend towards repair over preventative maintenance.

57.2% of respondents are seeing younger cars in their workshops.

49.5% of respondents say they intend to invest in equipment.

42.7% of respondents say they intend to invest in training.

31% said they intend to invest in tooling.

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