You likely know the dreaded feeling. You are driving down the road and the check engine light illuminates. What could be the problem and what will the repair cost you? Well, believe it or not, the cost of repair will likely vary significantly based upon the state where the repairs are performed. And, regardless of the state that you live in, you are likely to pay about 10% more on average for the repair than you would have a year ago.
On June 11, 2013, CarMD released its annual state-by-state ranking of repair costs for check engine light related repairs. According to the study, the average cost for check engine light repairs went up 10% in 2012 to $367.84. To see CarMD's full report, click here.
The Northeast experienced the largest increase at 11.56%, likely at least partially attributable to the damage caused by Hurrican Sandy which uncovered unrepaired problems or repairs that may have been put off longer than they should have been. New Jersey topped the list at an average repair cost of $392.99, with an increase in labor rates from 2011 of 20.7% and an increase in parts costs from 2011 of 8.2%. But is was not all bad news for New Jersey, who paid the least to replace a hybrid battery at $2,005.05 on average.
On the lower end, Vermont drivers paid the lowest on average of $269.72 for check engine light related repairs, with labor rates up from $90.85 in 2011 to $115.90 in 2012, and parts costs at an average $153.82.
On the higher end of labor rates, Colorado topped the list for the second year in a row, with
Ohio weighed in at 42nd place, with an average labor rate of $128.18 and an average parts cost of $200, for a combined total of $328.18.
Kentucky, on the other hand, weighed in a bit higher at 17th place, with an average labor rate of $138.09 and an average parts cost of $228.73.
Lesson learned? If you live nearby, you may want to venture across state lines when that check engine warning light illuminates.
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