IRVINE, Calif., July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the second consecutive year, Michigan is the U.S. state with the lowest average check engine light repair cost ($343.40), according to CarMD, which analyzed data from more than 11.5 million vehicles needing repairs in 2016. Connecticut had the highest average repair cost at $411.45 for parts and labor to address the glowing dashboard light. After Connecticut, the most expensive states/districts for car repairs are District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Georgia and Maryland. Rounding out the five most affordable states for car repairs are Maine, Wisconsin, Hawaii and Ohio.
CarMD 2017 state-by-state ranking reports on the states/districts where vehicle owners needed the most expensive and least expensive check engine light repairs in calendar year 2016. Finds Michigan most affordable state for check engine repairs; Connecticut drivers paid the most for parts and labor in 2016. To see where your state ranks, visit https://www.carmd.com/wp/vehicle-health-index-introduction/2017-carmd-state-index/.
When vehicles have check engine light problems, the leading culprit is a faulty oxygen sensor (O2 sensor), which is the most frequently diagnosed repair in 35 states. The cost, including parts and labor, to have an oxygen sensor professionally installed can vary from $233 in Michigan to $296 in Vermont. Parts costs alone can also vary from state-to-state. The average O2 sensor part costs $169 in Connecticut, which is nearly 34 percent more than the part cost in Michigan ($126). Properly operating oxygen sensors are important to a car’s performance and to the environment. If left unrepaired most check engine light-related problems, including a faulty O2 sensor, can negatively impact a car’s fuel economy and cause damage to other car parts like the more costly catalytic converter, which averages $1,190 to replace.
“As we track check engine light repair data, we have noticed a trend in which the states with the highest repair costs tend to have a higher frequency of expensive repairs that could have been avoided if vehicle owners were more diligent with scheduled maintenance and had repairs made shortly after the check engine light came on versus driving it in hopes it would go off,” said David Rich, CarMD’s technical director. “Many drivers ignore check engine light problems because it seems like their car is driving just fine or they don’t like the initial quote, yet don’t realize that