The Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Fix Your Fleets

Posted on June 27, 2012

IRVINE, Calif. — CarMD.com Corporation has analyzed more than 160,000 repairs made on vehicles with “check engine” light problems in 2011, and discovered that drivers in Wyoming paid the most in the country for car repairs, at an average cost of $389.18, including parts and labor. Indiana had the lowest average cost of repairs at $283.95 per transaction. The average cost of car repairs in the U.S. in 2011 was $333.93.

Five U.S. states with highest total car repair costs (Source: CarMD)

  1. Wyoming: $389.18
  2. Utah: $378.54
  3. California: $367.86
  4. Montana: $364.29
  5. Arizona: $362.65

Five U.S. states with lowest total car repair costs (Source: CarMD)

  1. Indiana: $283.95
  2. Maine: $289.56
  3. Wisconsin: $289.90
  4. Iowa: $289.91
  5. New Hampshire: $292.66

Total car repair costs of other key limo industry states (Source: CarMD)

  1. New Jersey: $350.03
  2. Virginia: $347.42
  3. Connecticut: $346.92
  4. New York: $338.40
  5. Illinois: $335.42
  6. Texas: $333.75
  7. Florida: $326.96
  8. District of Columbia - $324.83
  9. Pennsylvania: $316.25
  10. Massachusetts: $322.48

The number one most common repair across the country was “Replace Oxygen (O2) Sensor.” A faulty O2 sensor is often ignored because it may seem like the vehicle is driving fine, but can actually lead to as much as a 40% reduction in fuel economy.

The top five states with the highest car repair costs are from the West, and this can partially be attributed to higher amounts of airborne dust. By putting off replacing air filters in western states, vehicle owners put their vehicles’ mass air flow sensors at risk. On average, this is a $400 repair.

Click here to read the full CarMD report and see repair costs for every state.

Michael Campos, LCT associate editor

Related Topics: vehicle maintenance, vehicle repairs

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