CarMD Publishes Check Engine Car Repair Costs by State, Georgia in Top 5 for Highest

CarMD Publishes Check Engine Car Repair Costs by State, Georgia in Top 5 for Highest Corporation recently released its annual ranking of auto repair costs associated with check engines. Georgia made the top 5 for the highest car repair costs in 2021.

CarMD’s ranking of the five states/districts with the highest auto repair costs in 2021:

1. Connecticut, $418.37
2. Colorado, $417.14
3. California, $415.66
4. District of Columbia, $411.00
5. Georgia, $407.71

Rounding out the five most affordable states for auto repair after Maine goods Ohio, Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin – all located in the Midwest. After Connecticutwere the states/districts that needed the most expensive auto repairs Colorado, California, District of Columbia and Georgia. The most commonly diagnosed repair in all five states with the highest average repair costs was “catalyst replacement.” Precious parts containing precious metals, catalytic converters generally do not fail unless maintenance and other repairs such as a faulty oxygen sensor or ignition coil are ignored, or a vehicle has high mileage.

“Several factors contribute to a state’s average repair cost, including the year, make and model of the vehicle, the difficulty of the repair, and associated parts costs,” said David Rich, technical director, CarMD. “It makes sense that as people hold onto their vehicles longer than ever before, cars and trucks will outlive their parts and require more expensive repairs. By staying on top of maintenance, car owners can reduce unexpected car repair costs, while quickly troubleshooting the engine light can improve fuel economy and reduce the likelihood of additional repairs later.”

Georgia stats for 2021

Avg. Labour costs : $145.34

Avg. Parts cost: $262.37

Avg. Repair costs (parts and labor): $407.71

Change in rank from 2020: From no. 6

CarMD’s ranking of repair costs is derived from analysis of more than 17 million repairs identified for 1996 to 2022 model year vehicles whose drivers sought advice for a check engine problem. January 1, 2021 by means of December 31, 2021. All 50 US States plus the District of Columbia, are represented in this Index. The repairs relate to the on-vehicle OBD2 system, which is standard on all cars, light trucks, minivans, SUVs and hybrids produced since 1996. It monitors emission-related systems in a vehicle and activates the Check Engine Light when a problem occurs. CarMD does not report on issues beyond the scope of a vehicle’s OBD2 computer monitoring, such as tires and mechanical parts such as belts and hoses. Corporation publishes this annual state ranking as part of its CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™ to make people aware of the importance of the health of the indicator light. To view the 2022 CarMD status ranking of auto repair costs for data collected in calendar year 2021, go to

This infographic map of the US highlights the states with the highest and lowest check engine-related auto repair costs during calendar year 2021, according to CarMD. CarMD, a leading provider of automotive diagnostic data, publishes this report annually to raise awareness of the importance of engine lighting health to lower cost of ownership, reduce cleaner air emissions and improve fuel economy.

About CarMD

headquarters in Irvine, California., Corporation specializes in automotive technology services that leverage and enhance the capabilities of the on-board diagnostic port (OBD2). CarMD has partnered with a network of ASE-certified technicians to build and validate the most comprehensive database of OBD2-related expert repairs and associated costs, from which CarMD draws its Vehicle Health Index™. This index is released each summer to provide car owners and the industry with state-by-state analysis of auto repair trends and costs. For more information visit

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