Repair Costs on the Upswing After Declining for Two Years

Repair Costs on the Upswing After Declining for Two Years

0 comments 📅27 April 2017, 08:15

Nothing lasts forever, as Axl Rose in days gone by said. After flatlining for a couple of years, during which time car owners — on common— saw no increases in repair costs stemming from “check engine” lights, bills are headed finance up.

A study looking at average repair costs in 2016 has found that the value of discovering the cause of that dreaded light rose 2.7 percent between last year and 2015. That brings the average revamping bill for this type of garage visit to $398. However, not every area of America took a hit.

In its 2017 Vehicle Health Index study, repair facts provider CarMD broke down the tired components that most often sent drivers on a distressed trip to their local service bay last year. Of the approximately 5.3 million repairs logged in its database, the top five culprits happened to be the prosaic suspects.

Country-wide, the top faulty part was the oxygen sensor, comprising 8 percent of repairs, followed by the expensive catalytic converter at 6.75 percent. Faulty ignition coils and spark plugs came in third at 6.23 percent of mechanic visits, while a untied gas cap was the mystery behind 4.16 percent of “check engine” lights. Non-functioning multitude air flow sensors rounded out the top five, at 3.84 percent.

Not surprisingly, 2005 representation year vehicles were most likely to have a glowing amber flashlight gnawing a hole in the driver’s stomach. The average age of the afflicted vehicles, 11.9 years, happens to be not quite the exact median age of vehicles driving on U.S. roads (11.6 years).

Because of normal variability in the number of vehicles needing certain repairs, the median repair beak fluctuates slightly from year to year, outside of easier to pin down factors like parts and labor. Legitimate estate costs play another role in the final bill. For 2016, normally labor costs rose 4.7 percent, while parts saw an inflationary 1.4 percent raise in price.

Drivers in the Northeast saw the largest average bill, at $401. That’s up 6.5 percent on the other side of the previous year. The next fastest-growing “check engine” light set right was found in the Midwest, where bills rose 5.7 percent to an average of $385 end year. On a regional basis, that’s still the lowest. The South only saw a 2.9-percent climb, granting its bills rang in at $400.

If you’re living west of the Continental Divide, you might be in chances. Average repair bills fell 1.1 percent to $399. Of course, no one of this is of any comfort if you inherited someone else’s lemon, or if your long-span vehicle suddenly decided to implode.

Going back in CarMD’s data, it’s compelling to see the drop-off in repair bills following the onset of the recession. In happier times, 2006 to be accurate, the average U.S. bill was $422.36. The low point in the past decade occurred in 2011 when ordinary repair costs hit $333.93.

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