“It’s fascinating to see how the type and cost of car repairs have changed over the years as the number of sensors and subsequent fixes on most vehicles has nearly doubled,” said Ieon C. Chen, CEO, CarMD.
CarMD Vehicle Health Index reports on check engine light repair trends
Repair costs were up in three of four regions of the U.S., with the exception being the Midwest where car repair costs were down 1.6 percent. Vehicle owners in the West paid the most for check engine-related car repairs ($398) – over 10 percent more than drivers in the Midwest, who paid the least ($360). The region with the highest average labor expense for a check engine light repair was the South ($151.22) where the average hourly labor rate according to Undercar Digest was $89.53. The region with the lowest average labor expense for a check engine light repair was the Northeast ($141.00) where the average hourly labor rate was $82.72.