When the check engine light illuminates on the dashboard, drivers along the Eastern Seaboard now pay the most for related car repairs, according to CarMD’s analysis of more than 145,000 vehicles needing check engine repairs in 2013. Drivers in North Carolina, which is home to the most visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park, paid the most in the nation to have the check engine light diagnosed and repaired, at an average cost of $426.45. From 2012 to 2013, drivers in North Carolina saw at 9.37 percent jump in repair costs, including a 4.76 percent increase in parts and 17.53 percent increase in labor costs. Rounding out the five most expensive sates are: Massachusetts (no. 2), Delaware (no. 3), New Jersey (no. 4) and Virginia (no. 5).
CarMD’s ranking of the five states with the highest car repair costs in 2013
CarMD ranking of the five states with the lowest car repair costs in 2013:
State-by-State Ranking of Average Check Engine Light Car Repair Costs – 2013
(Source: CarMD.com Corp., CarMD®Vehicle Health Index™)