Curious to know if you live in one of the five most expensive states for car repairs?
CarMD has released a list of the average car repair cost in 2014 for check-engine related problems across all 50 states in the U.S. as well as Washington, D.C., and some of the results may be surprising.
Across the U.S., the average car repair cost including parts and labor was $390.38. Compared to 2013, the average repair cost went down 0.54 percent with the average parts cost nationwide at $228.77 and the average labor charge costing at $161.61.
In total, 29 states were over the national average with the District of Columbia leading the way at the top of the list as the most expensive state for car repairs with an average total repair cost of $467.11. That’s an increase of 13.47 percent compared to 2013 and helped move Washington, D.C. from the ninth position. Moving up a spot from the number-three position in 2013 is Delaware with an average total repair price of $451.03, a 6.39 percent increase from last year.
Rounding out the top five most expensive states for car repairs were New Jersey ($447.19), California ($437.97) and Connecticut ($436.98). New Jersey rose one spot from the number-four position last year while California came up from the sixth spot.
As for where you can save on car repairs, look towards Vermont ($356.22), Michigan ($353.81), Nebraska ($340.36), Montana ($333.13) and Wyoming ($308.76). Wyoming saw a significant change in the average car repair cost, dropping from the 14th spot last year.