Report: California 6th-most expensive for typical auto repair
06/18/2014 10:44 AM
06/18/2014 11:44 AM
California ranked sixth nationwide in the cost of a common car repair in 2013, according to data released Wednesday by Irvine-based automotive information/technology company CarMD Corp.
CarMD said California drivers paid an average of $418.44 per transaction, about 6.6 percent higher than the U.S. average of $392.49.
Even though California’s average cost increased nearly 7.2 percent over 2012, the state dropped from its ranking as the third most-expensive state in 2012, and 2013 marked the first time that the Golden State was not ranked in the top five since CarMD started tracking repair costs.
Vehicle owners in Nebraska paid the least last year, with an average of $323.57 for parts and labor.
CarMD said it analyzed about 145,000 vehicles needing repairs as a result of “check engine” light problems. CarMD said it monitored subsequent repairs performed by Automotive Service Excellence-certified technicians.
The complete rankings list can be seen at www.carmd.com.
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