Motorists in New Jersey currently pay the highest auto repair rates in the nation, according to a recent analysis of more than 160,000 service visits made during 2012 by the auto-service information website CarMD.com in Irvine, Calif. Residents of the Garden State paid an average $393 (including parts and labor) to have a “check engine” warning diagnosed and repaired, compared to a national low of $270 for those living in Vermont.
“In 2012, we saw a dramatic shift in the top five most expensive states for average car repairs, as many drivers along the East Coast incurred rising auto repair costs, while they simultaneously contended with Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath,” says CarMD’s CEO Leon C. Chen.
The study found the five states with the costliest “check engine” car repairs to be: New Jersey ($393); District of Columbia ($392); California ($390); North Carolina ($390); and Maryland ($388). The least-expensive auto service was found in: Vermont ($270); West Virginia ($310); South Dakota ($312); Delaware ($314); and Iowa ($315).