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Last updated on April 27th, 2023

Cost of welding

Need welding work done on your car? Find out the average costs of welding.

What is welding?

Welding is the process of joining one metal piece with another metal by heating them at high temperatures to their melting point and hammering them to form a bond.

There are three types of welding:

  • Arc welding
  • Metal-inert gas (MIG) welding
  • Tungsten-inert gas (TIG) welding

It is important to hire an experienced welder as they are able to anticipate future problems and come up with long-lasting solutions. There are parts of the vehicle that require welding, such as vehicle frame, fender repairs and metal wheel welding, often due to MOT failure.

To find a highly experienced welder, you need to check for things such as their certifications, licenses, and references and read online reviews from previous clients.

How long does welding take?

The time taken for a welding repair depends on the extent of damage or size of the job, the number of metallic pieces being welded, and the complexity of the repair.

The type of welding is another determinant of how long it would take to complete welding. On average, a small vehicle welding repair may take 1 to 2 hours to complete. However, it is important to ask your welding expert beforehand how long he will take to complete.

Mobile welding cost

Mobile welding is a welding service that is completed remotely rather than on-site or in a garage shop.

Mobile welding costs are usually higher than standard welding prices because of the convenience. It means you can have your welding repairs done without necessarily having to drive away from your location.

The standard minimum call out charge for a mobile welder is £200. For an urgent call out (evening/weekends/needed right away), you can expect to pay around £300.

ItemAverage cost
Mobile welding service
Mobile welding – standard minimum call out charge. This will generally cover 2-3 hours work.£200
Mobile welding – urgent* minimum call out charge. This will generally cover 2-3 hours work.£300
Additional work (if over the initial 2-3 hours)£50/hour
Garage based welding service
Small job – small hole/patch/rust weld repair£125
Average job - sill welding repairs£300
Complex job – car chassis weld repairs£1,000
Welder hourly rate£50/hour

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

*weld repair needed urgently or at a weekend or evening. 

How much does metal welding cost?

Metal welding costs at a garage will also depend on a number of factors.

Firstly, the type of welding process and tools of services will affect the car welding cost. And location and specifications for the welding also determine the car welding cost.

For a small job (a small hole/patch/rust weld repair) at a garage, you can expect to pay around £125. For a more complex job such as a car chassis repair, you can expect to pay around £1,000.

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What affects the cost to weld metal?

The cost of welding metal depends on several factors.

Different varieties of welding processes will affect the cost of welding metal, for example, it would be more costly to do a TIG weld than an arc weld. The size of materials that will be used will also have an effect on the cost to weld metal, with bigger materials being costly.

The cost of supply of materials also determines the cost of welding, when a higher number of materials needs to be supplied, the cost to weld metal would also be larger. Lastly, the labour costs are determinant of the final costs to weld metal.

Things to consider

It is important to hire a professional welding expert to undertake welding repairs on your car rather than a DIY. This is due to the fact that welding is an intricate process that requires vast knowledge, skills and tools of service that you might lack. Also, welding safety precautions need to be taken as welding is in close proximity to flammable fuel.

Key takeaways on welding

  • The cost of welding is determined by location and type of welding specification.
  • It is important to get experienced welders for assured long-lasting work.
  • Discuss rust protection and paint finish after weld repairs with your garage
  • Compare car welding prices to get the best quotes.
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What others think of this article:

Alan Irvine

Very helpful article as I was not aware quite what was involved, both in process and approximate costs. Good article.

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