It Is Getting More Expensive to Fix Your Car in MA

Monday, June 20, 2016
GoLocalWorcester News Team

For drivers in Massachusetts it is getting more expensive to fix their car for the most basics repair.

When a vehicle’s check engine light comes on, the cost for Massachusetts drivers has increased dramatically jumping five spots in the state rankings. Massachusetts' average labor cost are now $140.25 and average parts costs are $260.39 for the most basic check engine light repair now totals $400.64. Massachusetts ranking is now the 20th most expensive in the U.S. -- up from no. 25.

For drivers in Massachusetts, the cost increase is not positive news. Gas prices have begun to icrease in the past few months according to AAA's price tracking data.

Drivers in California now pay the most ($435) on average, while vehicle owners in Michigan pay the least ($354) to have it fixed, according to CarMD, which analyzed data from more than 1 million vehicles needing repairs in 2015.

Rounding out the five most expensive states for auto repairs are Wyoming (no. 2), Maryland (no. 3), North Dakota (no. 4) and New Jersey (no. 5). After Michigan, the most affordable states for car repairs are Indiana (no. 50), Ohio (no. 49), Wisconsin (no. 48) and Iowa (no. 47). When vehicles have check engine light problems, the leading culprit is a faulty oxygen sensor, the most frequently diagnosed repair in 25 states. Properly operating oxygen sensors are important to a car’s performance and to the environment; if left unfixed, a faulty O2 sensor can negatively impact a car’s fuel economy and cause damage to other parts of the car. 

CarMD’s state ranking of repair costs was derived from analysis of 1,019,904 repairs identified for model year 1996 to 2015 vehicles from Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015 reported to and analyzed by CarMD’s nationwide team of ASE-certified technicians. All 51 U.S. states/districts, including the District of Columbia, are represented in this Index. The repairs are related to a vehicle’s on-board diagnostic (OBD2) system, which is standard on all vehicles manufactured since 1996. It monitors emissions-related systems within a vehicle, triggering the check engine light when a problem occurs. CarMD does not report on problems that are outside the scope of a vehicle’s OBD2 computer monitoring such as tires, and mechanical parts like belts and hoses.

  • #60

    Seymour, CT

    Rt. 8 Mile Marker 18.58-18.81

    Total Crashes: 11

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 5

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 6

    Source: CT DOT

     
  • #59

    Wethersfield, CT

    Rt. 287 Mile Marker 1.58 (Near Rte 287 + Merritt Parkway)

    Total Crashes: 22

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 6

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 16

    Source: CT DOT

     
  • #58

    Vernon, CT

    Rt. 83 Mile Marker 11.80-11.89 (Route 83 + Route 30)

    Total Crashes: 25

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 7

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 18

    Source: CT DOT

     
  • #57

    Hudson, NH

    NH 111 (Ferry St.) + NH 3A (Chester St./Derry Rd.)

    Total Crashes: 27.6

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 7.5

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 20.1

    Source: NH DOT

     
  • #56

    Tilton, NH

    US 3 (Laconia Rd.) + NH 140 (Tilton Rd.)/1-93 NB Ex 20 Ramps)

    Total Crashes: 20.7

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 8.7

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 12

    Source: NH DOT

     
  • #55

    Nashua, NH

    Main St. + Canal St./Franklin St.

    Total Crashes: 24.6

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 9.3

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 15.3

    Photo: Flickr/Bettyx1138

    Source: NH DOT

     
  • #54

    Nashua, NH

    Main St. + NH 111 (Spring St./Kinsley St.)

    Total Crashes: 23.1

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 9.6

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 13.5

    Source: NH DOT

     
  • #53

    Salem, NH

    NH 28 (N/S Broadway) + NH 38/NH 97 (Main St.)

    Total Crashes: 22.5

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 10.2

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 12.3

    Source: NH DOT

     
  • #52

    Bridgeport, CT

    Rt. 127 Mile Marker 1.02 (Rte 127 + Stillman St)

    Total Crashes: 18

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 11

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 7

    Source: CT DOT

     
  • #51

    Concord, NH

    NH 9 (Loudon Rd.) + D'Amante Dr. (Steeplegate Mall)

    Total Crashes: 21.6

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 10.5

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 11.1

    Source: NH DOT

     
  • #50

    Williston, VT

    94 US-2 + VT-2A

    Total Crashes: 43.8

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 8.4

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 38.4

    Source: VT DOT

     
  • #49

    Manchester, NH

    Bridge St. + NH 285 (Beech St.)

    Total Crashes: 20.7

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 12.6

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 8.1

    Source: NH DOT

     
  • #48

    Concord, NH

    NH 9 (Loudon Rd.) + Fort Eddy Rd./I-93 NB Ex 14 Off-Ramp

    Total Crashes: 29.4

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 11.7

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 17.7

    Source: NH DOT

     
  • #47

    Berlin, VT

    23 VT-62 + Berlin State Highway: Fisher Rd.

    Total Crashes: 37.2

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 10.2

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 30

    Source: VT DOT

     
  • #46

    Bridgeport, CT

    Rt. 127 Mile Marker .64 (Rte 127 + Barnum Ave)

    Total Crashes: 31

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 12

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 19

    Source: CT DOT

     
  • #45

    Nashua, NH

    Main St. + East Hollis St./West Hollis St.

    Total Crashes: 24.9

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 14.1

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 10.8

    Source: NH DOT

     
  • #44

    Burlington, VT

    11 US-7 + Main St., US-2

    Total Crashes: 49.2

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 10.2

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 42

    Source: VT DOT

     
  • #43

    Waterbury, CT

    Rt. 69 Mile Marker 18.39-18.49

    Total Crashes: 55

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 14

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 41

    Source: CT DOT

     
  • #42

    Portland, ME

    Fort Ave., Hartley St. + Forest Ave., Holly St.

    Total Crashes: 45

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 21

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 23

    Source: ME DOT

     
  • #41

    Portland, ME

    Fore River Pkwy. + Valley St., W. Commercial St.

    Total Crashes: 64

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 18

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 46

    Source: ME DOT

     
  • #40

    Manchester, NH

    NH 285 (Beech St.) + Cilley Rd.

    Total Crashes: 20.4

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 23.4

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 8.7

    Source: NH DOT

     
  • #39

    Portland, ME

    Allen Ave., Entrance to McDonalds + Z Rd., Forest Ave.

    Total Crashes: 58

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 20

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 38

    Source: ME DOT

     
  • #38

    Westbrook, ME

    Cumberland St. + Warren Ave.

    Total Crashes: 83

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 17

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 66

    Source: ME DOT

     
  • #37

    Wallingford, CT

    Rt. 5 Mile Marker 9.35-9.36

    Total Crashes: 51

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 22

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 29

    Source: CT DOT

     
  • #36

    Berkshire, VT

    4 FAS 0302, FAS 0307 + Town Rd. 0004

    Total Crashes: 3.6

    Fatal Crashes: 0.6

    Injury Crashes: 3.6

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 0.6

    Source: VT DOT

     
  • #35

    Williston, VT

    67 US-2 + Industrial Ave.

    Total Crashes: 20.4

    Fatal Crashes: 0.6

    Injury Crashes: 3

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 18

    Photo: Flickr/Craig O'Neal

    Source: VT DOT

     
  • #34

    Augusta, ME

    Memorial Circle + Western Ave.

    Total Crashes: 107

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 19

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 88

    Source: ME DOT

     
  • #33

    Burlington, VT

    35 Main St. + St. Paul St.

    Total Crashes: 18

    Fatal Crashes: 0.6

    Injury Crashes: 4.8

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 13.2

    Source: VT DOT

     
  • #32

    Hartford, VT

    7 US-5 + VT-14, US-4

    Total Crashes: 31.8

    Fatal Crashes: 0.6

    Injury Crashes: 3.6

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 28.2

    Source: VT DOT

     
  • #31

    Burlington, VT

    5 Colchester Ave. + Barrett St.

    Total Crashes: 20.4

    Fatal Crashes: 0.6

    Injury Crashes: 5.4

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 15

    Source: VT DOT

     
  • #30

    Augusta, ME

    Bangor St. + Cony Circle, Cony St.

    Total Crashes: 126

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 19

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 106

    Photo: Flickr/Peter Gene

    Source: ME DOT

     
  • #29

    Winooski City, VT

    2 US-7, E. Canal St. + W. Allen St., VT-15, W. Center St.

    Total Crashes: 103.2

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 22.8

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 86.4

    Source: VT DOT

     
  • #28

    Augusta, ME

    Ramp off to Western Ave. + Western Ave.

    Total Crashes: 99

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 26

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 73

    Source: ME DOT

     
  • #27

    Lowell, MA

    Bridge St. + Veterans of Foreign Wars Highway

    Total Crashes: 112

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 34

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 78

    Photo: Flickr/Peter Gene

    Source: MA DOT

     
  • #26

    Hartford, CT

    Rt. 44 Mile Marker 53.63 (Route 44 & Main St)

    Total Crashes: 129

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 38

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 91

    Source: CT DOT

     
  • #25

    Holyoke, MA

    Holyoke St. + Holyoke Mall at Ingleside

    Total Crashes: 198

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 29

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 169

    Source: MA DOT

     
  • #24

    Lowell, MA

    Veterans of Foreign Wars Highway + Varnum Ave.

    Total Crashes: 165

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 37

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 128

    Source: MA DOT

     
  • #23

    Lewiston, ME

    Old Greene Rd. + Randall Rd., Sabattus St.

    Total Crashes: 33

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 9

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 23

    Photo: Flickr/Perthhdproductions

    Source: ME DOT

     
  • #22

    Bangor, ME

    Broadway, Hobart St. + Broadway, Burleigh Rd., Griffin Rd.

    Total Crashes: 33

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 13

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 19

    Photo: Flickr/Ajimaxx

    Source: ME DOT

     
  • #21

    Rutland City, VT

    47 US-7 + US-4

    Total Crashes: 40.2

    Fatal Crashes: 1.2

    Injury Crashes: 6

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 35.4

    Photo: Flickr/Doug Kerr

    Source: VT DOT

     
  • #20

    Cambridge, MA

    Massachusetts Ave. + Vassar St.

    Total Crashes: 41

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 19

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 21

    Photo: Flickr/The_th

    Source: MA DOT

     
  • #19

    Worcester, MA

    Main St. + Mill St.

    Total Crashes: 53

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 18

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 34

    Photo: Flickr/jburwen

    Source: MA DOT

     
  • #18

    Holyoke, MA

    Main St. + Cabot St.

    Total Crashes: 57

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 18

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 38

    Photo: Flickr/Nanypinya

    Source: MA DOT

     
  • #17

    Waltham, MA

    Main St. + Lyman St.

    Total Crashes: 73

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 18

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 54

    Source: MA DOT

     
  • #16

    Bridgton, ME

    Portland Rd., Willis Park Rd. + Portland Rd., Sandy Creek Rd.

    Total Crashes: 20

    Fatal Crashes: 2

    Injury Crashes: 6

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 12

    Photo: Flickr/gillicious

    Source: ME DOT

     
  • #15

    Lincoln, RI

    Interstate 295 + Exit 9 (RI 146)

    Total Crashes: 160

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 36

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 123

    Photo: Flickr/Doug Kerr

    Source: RI DOT

     
  • #14

    Stoughton, MA

    Canton St. + School St.

    Total Crashes: 39

    Fatal Crashes: 2

    Injury Crashes: 10

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 27

    Photo: Flickr/Peter Gene

    Source: MA DOT

     
  • #13

    Chelsea, MA

    Revere Beach Pkwy. + Washington Ave.

    Total Crashes: 39

    Fatal Crashes: 2

    Injury Crashes: 11

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 26

    Photo: Flickr/Bettyx1138

    Source: MA DOT

     
  • #12

    Warwick, RI

    RI 37 + US 1 (Post Rd.)

    Total Crashes: 293

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 69

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 224

    Photo: Flickr/eliduke

    Source: RI DOT

     
  • #11

    North Smithfield, RI

    RI 146 + Sayles Hill Rd.

    Total Crashes: 193

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 37

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 155

    Source: RI DOT

     
  • #10

    Warwick, RI

    Interstate 95 + Exit 14 (RI 37)/Exit 15 (Jefferson Blvd.)

    Total Crashes: 181

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 50

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 130

    Photo: Flickr/ER24 EMS (Pty) Ltd.

    Source: RI DOT

     
  • #9

    Johnston, RI

    Interstate 295 + Exit 6 (US 6/US 6A)

    Total Crashes: 179

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 54

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 124

    Photo: Flickr/Doug Kerr

    Source: RI DOT

     
  • #8

    Cranston, RI

    RI 2 Reservoir Ave. + RI 12 (Park Ave.)

    Total Crashes: 234

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 47

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 186

    Source: RI DOT

     
  • #7

    Hopkinton, RI

    RI 138 (Spring St.) + Wincheck Pond Rd. to Soap House Ln.

    Total Crashes: 4

    Fatal Crashes: 3

    Injury Crashes: 0

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 1

    Source: RI DOT

     
  • #6

    Middletown, CT

    Rt. 17 Mile Marker 21.55-22.14

    Total Crashes: 372

    Fatal Crashes: 0

    Injury Crashes: 107

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 265

    Source: CT DOT

     
  • #5

    Charlestown, RI

    US Post Rd. SB + Kings Factory Rd. to RI 216 (Ross Hill Rd.)

    Total Crashes: 51

    Fatal Crashes: 3

    Injury Crashes: 8

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 40

    Source: RI DOT

     
  • #4

    Providence, RI

    Interstate 95 + Exit 18 (Thurbers Ave.)

    Total Crashes: 296

    Fatal Crashes: 1

    Injury Crashes: 79

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 216

    Source: RI DOT

     
  • #3

    Somerville, MA

    Mystic Ave. + Fellsway

    Total Crashes: 91

    Fatal Crashes: 3

    Injury Crashes: 24

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 64

    Source: MA DOT

     
  • #2

    Pawtucket, RI

    Interstate 95 + Exit 29 (US 1/Broadway/Cottage St.)

    Total Crashes: 191

    Fatal Crashes: 2

    Injury Crashes: 55

    Crashes with Property Damage Only: 134

    Source: RI DOT

     

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