The average car repair cost in Illinois was $393 in 2013, up nearly 15% from 2012, according to CarMD’s 2014 State-By-State Ranking of Auto Repair Costs.
This is just slightly higher than the national average of $392, which is up nearly 7% from 2012. Across the Midwest, consumers paid $368 on average for auto repairs in 2013, up 9.29% from $337 in 2012.
Topping the list of Most Expensive Vehicle Repairs in 2013 were transmission repairs and replacements. In fact, 6 of the top 10 most expensive repairs were transmission related. (See the full list below!) The average cost of these repairs nationwide ranged from a “low” of $3,600 to more than $5,900.
When you consider those repair costs, you can see why we at Auto Lab in Libertyville recommend routine transmission flushes to prevent failure. At $150-$250 for a trans flush, it is smart insurance against a costly failure. Learn more about the benefits of a transmission fluid flush.
According to CarMD, here were the 10 Most Expensive Vehicle Repairs in 2013:
|Rank||Vehicle Repair||Type of Vehicle(s)||Repair Cost (Parts & Labor)|
|1||Replace Transmission Assembly and Reprogram Electronic Control Module (ECM)||Honda Civic 2001-2004Jaguar X-Type 2002-2008Range Rover 2003-2009Volvo 2001-2006||>$ 5,900|
|2||Replace Transmission and Torque Converter||Various Vehicles||~$ 5,140|
|3||Replace Engine||Chevrolet Geo Prizm 2001Chevrolet Cruz 2011-2012Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass & Patriot 2007-2009Mazda RX-* 2004-2005||> $ 5,100|
|4||Replace Hybrid Battery and Reprogram Engine Control Module (ECM)||Honda Hybrid Vehicles 2000-2010Saturn Vue Hybrid 2007-2009||~$4,000|
|5||Repair Transmission Assembly||Various Dodge, Jeep, Lincoln and VW Vehicles 2000-2009||>$ 3,600|
|6||Replace Transmission Assembly||Dodge Stratus 2000Jeep Wrangler 2005-2006Lincoln Aviator 2003-2005VW Routan 2009||~$ 3,635|
|7||Replace Transmission Case and Torque Converter||Saturn Vue 2004-2004||~$ 3,490|
|8||Replace Transmission Valve Body Assembly and Engine Control Module (ECM)||Ford Focus 2007Jaguar S-Type 2005Toyota Trucks 2001-2002||> $ 3,150|
|9||Replace Hybrid Battery||Various Ford, Honda, Nissan & Toyota Hybrid Vehicles 2000-2009||> $ 3,140|
|10||Replace Integrated Motor Assist(IMA) Battery||Various Hybrid Vehicles||~$ 2,900|