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The most expensive (and cheapest) States for car repairs

The most expensive (and cheapest) States for car repairs
Paul A. Eisenstein Detroit Bureau
Justin Sullivan / Getty Images FileMechanic Harrison Garcia is working on a Ford Mustang brake and wheel Service Center in San Francisco, California on January 5, 2009

When the "check engine" light, there is a good reason to get worried. Even if it does not leave you stranded an unknown part of town after dark, it is likely to take a bite out of your savings, especially as recent research has shown that car repair costs by about 10 percent in the previous year.

This means, of course, on average, which varies considerably by region. Vermont saw repair costs decline over the past year according to a new study by automotive service site CarMD, making it America's cheapest place to your car. The other extreme was New Jersey, where the typical visit to a workshop almost 50 percent more than in Vermont costs.

The West Coast is traditionally the place where repairs most expensive have been. But in its latest car repair costs annual survey, CarMD California among the top five, with the rest of the will by States on the East Coast, including the Garden State but North Carolina, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Repairs in the Northeast increased by 11.6 per cent in 2012, faster than the rest of the country, according to a study by 161,000 repairs.

"In the year 2012, we saw a dramatic shift in the top five most expensive States for average car repairs, how many riders on the East Coast were aftermath rising car repair costs, while they at the same time with Hurricane sandy, claimed" CarMD CEO Leon Chen noted. "Car owners in many States also continue to minor repairs to postpone the cumulative failures with increased repair costs contribute to."

Apparently "Superstorm" was not only the cause of severe, flood-related damage, but led many East Coast motorists to discover other problems, the repairs required.

While New Jersey the most expensive place for repair-was at an average $392,99, including parts and workers-Washington, D.C. saw the largest overall increase in repair costs jump 20 percent in comparison to 2011

"This is the kind of repairs made due to partially" CarMD is noted. "Time-consuming repairs, costs over $1,000 were nearly 10 percent of the D.C. repairs in 2012 as compared to 7 percent in 2011, while five points GAP problems were greater gas."

Although repair costs, were broadly last year, there were a few exceptions such as Vermont. In Wyoming, she sank 17 percent on average.

Whenever you pay the service shop, you, a mechanic filed time will go. Colorado leader there with an average $150,75 per visit. Vermont had the lowest labour costs, on the average at $115.90.

If you need parts, the survey was that you probably a stiff premium in New Jersey, to an average $256,28 paid in comparison to Vermont, which had the lowest average at only $153,82.

The gap State turned out especially when it came to new hybrid vehicle technology. Battery replacement in Nevada ran an average $4.409,94 last year. Jersey motorists actually caught a break here but with the least cost to replace a hybrid battery, on average only $2.005,05.

By the way, two of the States with the lowest average cost of repairs - were found Iowa and South Dakota - in the Midwest, while two in the South or South-East, Delaware and West Virginia were arranged.

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