how much does it cost to use instructor's car for test?

(31 Posts)
puddingsforsandy Mon 09-Dec-13 13:10:59

Mine is saying 3 hours worth of lessons!

the test is 45 mins (max 1 hour) at 8am.

I have agreed to it but something in the back of mind keeps thinking it can't be right.

Wouldn't it be 2 hours?

thanks

In my experience that includes a lesson just before the test?

CrohnicallySick Mon 09-Dec-13 13:14:42

I paid for 2 hours- lesson before the test, then 45 minutes for the test.

However, the test was later in the morning and only 15 minutes drive away. If the instructor is expecting that driving you home after will take longer than that, and cut into his next lesson (preventing him from booking someone else) then I can see why he would want to charge you for 3.

Rikalaily Mon 09-Dec-13 13:15:28

The instructor I had charges for 3 hours (£60), that inc the hour lesson before, drive to test center, test and drive back. Instructors are self employed and it takes around 3 hours of their time for a learners test factoring in that you will have a chat about the test afterwards etc. My instructor was consoling me for about 20 mins after I failed my first test!

Packupyourtroubles Mon 09-Dec-13 13:18:40

Mine charged for 2 hours- so £40.

puddingsforsandy Mon 09-Dec-13 13:18:48

OK thanks. It will cost me £87. sigh.

I will have a quick lesson with him before the actual test (about half hour just to go through things), have the test and I will need to ask him if he will drive me home.

It's just so expensive.

My instructor as a rule drove you home whether you'd passed or failed! - He said I'd be too excited or depressed wither way!

FeastOfPhteven Mon 09-Dec-13 13:22:18

£87 for 2 hours or three? It's normally 2 hours, your driving instructor is trying it on!

Rikalaily Mon 09-Dec-13 13:35:26

Instructors should always drive you home, £87 for three hours is taking the piss, why only a 30 min pre test lesson? Is the test centre miles away from where you live?

Twoandtwomakeschaos Mon 09-Dec-13 14:54:06

I paid for the two hours I had the car, I think, the hour lesson beforehand and the hour of the test.

NigellasLeftNostril Mon 09-Dec-13 14:55:14

IME there was an hour lesson before and the hour for the test paid for as another hour of lessontime.

Scholes34 Mon 09-Dec-13 15:06:17

Just make sure you pass. Fingers crossed for you!

livinginawinterwonderland Mon 09-Dec-13 15:07:29

Mine charges for 2 hours. 1 hour lesson, test, and drive home, but I only live 5 minutes from the test centre. If you live further out, he'll charge you more because getting you back home will cut into future lesson times.

PeazlyPops Mon 09-Dec-13 15:10:12

Mine charged for two hours - an hour lesson before the test, and an hour for the test.

WinterWinds Mon 09-Dec-13 15:47:45

yep 2 hours, 1 hour lesson and 1 hour to cover test and drive home.

SamU2 Mon 09-Dec-13 15:48:26

I paid £40

That covered an hour before and the hour of the test and back.

So two hours.

ThoseArentSpiritFingers Mon 09-Dec-13 15:50:55

The instructer always drives you home because once you pass your test, your not insured to drive the car. I think the insurance only covers learner drivers, and the named instructer.

Lottiedoubtie Mon 09-Dec-13 16:06:30

Your instructor charges £29 a hour!? shock

starofbethlehemfishmummy Mon 09-Dec-13 16:41:31

I think I had a usual length lesson before the test but the instructor cut it short as I was so nervous! We sat and ate sweets!!

sparechange Mon 09-Dec-13 17:27:21

ThoseArent
I had motorway lessons with the instructor after I passed my test, and I see frequent suggestions on here that nervous drivers book some lessons with an instructor to brush up, so they must be able to let people will full licences drive the cars...

puddingsforsandy Mon 09-Dec-13 19:05:36

Yes he charges 29 per hour. I have already had 70 hours with him in the last 7 months. I really hope I pass.

Friginilla Mon 09-Dec-13 19:25:24

Mine was 2 hour lessons worth
£21 for the hour lesson before
£21 for the test and taking me home after the test = 1 hour

mrsmalcolmreynolds Mon 09-Dec-13 19:27:07

70 hours seems quite a lot to be ready for a first test? Thinking back I think I had about 40 or 45 and I was certainly not the quickest learner ever. Have you been out with other people and what did they think of your driving?

valiumredhead Mon 09-Dec-13 19:27:19

Mine was 2 hours which included lesson beforehand. You should be driven home whether you pass or fail as you'll be very excited either way! Good lucksmile

birdbrain21 Mon 09-Dec-13 19:33:49

puddings good luck I also have a test coming up hope we both pass. I'm paying my instructor for 2 hours (that includes an hours lesson before) your instructor sound really expensive and 70 hours is a lot of lessons maybe he/she just isn't a great teacher and if you don't pass you should change instructors...
Is it your first test?!

Clargo55 Mon 09-Dec-13 19:40:40

2 hours for me last summer at £50. Think DVLA recommended 42hours of lessons to pass first time.

TidyDancer Mon 09-Dec-13 19:47:02

Mine charged just over two hours. Covered the test time, the lesson beforehand and the getting home bit. If you're not getting three hours in the car, your instructor is taking the piss. The time in the car is all you should be paying for.

puddingsforsandy Mon 09-Dec-13 20:01:44

70 hours does seem a lot but I expected that as I am dyslexic and I just learn differently/longer etc. He is a great instructor, I can't fault him. Will have a awkward chat with him re: 3 hours payment for test.

AA recommends 49 hours with additional 25 hours in private car to learn.

ListWriter Mon 09-Dec-13 20:07:01

I know of one that charges for 2.5 hours for the test. A short lesson before the test, time for drop off and pick up but they also have to allow for time in case the test gets abandoned, and the instructor has to get a lift to come and get you. (If a test gets abandoned, the examiner has to leave the car, and you have to wait for your instructor to find you). 3 hours seems a bit over the top though.

SamU2 Mon 09-Dec-13 20:20:11

I have about 60 hours and four tests.

I am a great driver now because of it grin

Can't park for shit

gobbin Mon 09-Dec-13 21:37:20

I'd assumed they drove you back after passing because technically you're unlicensed, as you can no longer drive on a provisional license, although I may have been told that in error.

I was charged 2 hrs for my test too. 3 hrs isn't unreasonable but £87 is shock

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