CarMD.com Corporation on July 22 released its 10th annual state ranking of check engine light-related car repair costs, which finds in 2019 Vermont had the lowest average repair cost, $342.14, while California drivers incurred the highest average repair cost, $414.24.
Rounding out the five most affordable states for car repair over the past year were Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. After California, District of Columbia, Georgia, New Jersey and Virginia were the states/districts with the highest repair costs.
CarMD analyzed data from more than 15.9 million cars, trucks, vans and SUVs needing repairs in 2019 to compile this ranking. This is the second time California has ranked most expensive and the second time Vermont has ranked the least expensive state for car repairs over the past decade.
“Several factors contribute to a state’s average repair costs, including vehicle age and type, how difficult the repair is, required parts, how much time is needed to make the repair and what the repair shop charges per hour,” said David Rich, technical director, CarMD. “With cost saving on everyone’s minds these days, drivers can reduce the likelihood of unexpected and costly car repairs by staying current on maintenance, addressing warning lights as soon as possible and having repairs made by a trusted independent repair shop or dealership.”
CarMD Garage is a free online resource that drivers can use to check for upcoming maintenance, technical service bulletins and common check engine problems by year, make, model and mileage.
A leading provider of automotive diagnostic data and business solutions, CarMD.com Corporation publishes this annual state-by-state ranking as part of its CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™ to bring awareness about the importance of check engine light health in order to reduce cost of ownership.
CarMD’s ranking of the five states/districts with the highest car repair costs in 2019:
1. California, $414.24
2. District of Columbia, $410.16
3. Georgia, $409.92
4. New Jersey, $403.43
5. Virginia, $403.19
CarMD’s ranking of the five states/districts with the lowest car repair costs in 2019:
47. Iowa, $356.57
48. Michigan, $350.77
49. Wisconsin, $349.08
50. Ohio, $348.79
51. Vermont, $342.14
For the fourth consecutive year, Vermont had the lowest average labor cost, $123.68. This is not surprising since the most common cause of a check engine light on Vermont cars and trucks remains a loose or missing gas cap, accounting for 8% of repairs.
For the second year in a row, drivers in Mississippi paid the most for labor, $160.45, where the most common repair was to replace ignition coils and spark plugs.