I came across a receipt for an "accident damage" to a Morris Minor in 1959. I suspect things are a little dearer these days. It involved damage to front bumper and wing. Not sure how much I was earning at the time - maybe £20 a week?
I remember paying £30 for a clutch on a Hillman Imp around 1975 in the lake District. It was top whack pricing at the time while on a camping holiday with no choice and they knew it, as I was stuck in Ambleside!
My car started stalling recently and the diagnosis was that the mass air flow meter sensor needed replacing. The garage wanted to charge me £300+VAT. I did some research and bought a third party replacement part for under £40 and replaced it myself. Took just over half an hour. Working sweetly as should from then on.
Can I come to your for my next repair? A couple of years ago my wife’s Honda was having a service and MOT at a main dealer and they said a rear exhaust bracket had broken- wanted £400 or more for a replacement rear section. Got a local guy to weld it for £ 50