NC has highest car repair costs, according to report

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North Carolina leads the country when it comes to high car repair costs, according to a new study.

A study by CarMD reported that North Carolina had the highest costs for car repairs in 2013 at $426.45 for auto parts and labor.

The national average for repairs was $392.49. Massachusetts came in second highest at $424.55.

Nebraska was at the very bottom of the list at $323.57 and was followed by New Hampshire at $336.85.

CarMD analyzed 145,410 vehicles from 1996 to 2013 that were repaired between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013. The repairs were all related to the check engine system.

Read more: CarMD, The Christian Science Monitor


  • Kelly Robinson

    It’s important to note that NC also has many cars over 200K miles due to lack of rust. These cars always cost more to repair and take more time. Don’t believe for a moment that repair garages profit more from these higher costs.

  • charles

    I call BS we may be higher but we also have state inspections,If the CEL/MIL/SES is on than it fails. People need to read their owners manual it will help with proper vehicle maintenance. I know this because i work at a repair shop.Plus i am a NC state inspector. Also N.c. brags that we have better air quality than V.a. or S.c. So when the light comes on have it scanned then fixed. I/ we do not rip you off, you do it to yourself, by ignoring the CEL or by having someone try to fix it who has no idea what they are doing.

  • NobodyAtAll

    First paragraph, “North Carolina leads the country”..Well at least NC can lead the country at something..

  • B

    Car repair and dentistry are expenses people get ripped off the most because of greed and the lack of knowledge about cars and teeth. Check engine lights are the biggest culprit when it comes to being ripped off. You can spend 1000’s and the light is still on and the codes are useless because they don’t pinpoint the problem. One code has several possible repairs. Dentist on the other-hand want to crown and/or replace all your teeth even when you’re not having any problems. Why is it you start having more problems with your car and teeth after a repair?

  • EvilEmpryss

    I took a Jeep to the dealer to get a TCM replaced and they wanted to charge me FOUR manhours of work for it. I replaced it myself in 15 MINUTES. That was fifteen minutes from the time I opened the hood to disconnect the battery until I reconnected it and closed the hood. Not only that, but they wanted to charge me DOUBLE the cost of the part when I was able to order it from their source myself. There is no way they could justify trying to overcharge me like that.

    Thank goodness for Google and YouTube! Even a layperson can do the work themselves with a little research.

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