GREENSBORO — Car repairs can be very expensive and prices vary from state to state but in 2012 the average cost rose 10 percent, nationwide.
A 2012 study from CarMD.com said that applies to repairs associated with a vehicle's check engine light. North Carolina ranked No. 4 on their list for most expensive auto repairs.
New Jersey took the No. 1 spot and Vermont came in last. Erik Rhyne, of Honest-1 Auto Care, said it is important to maintain your car to help avoid costly fixes.
"Put the money where it needs to be to begin with, take care of the small repairs up front and to do the vehicle manufacturing requires you to do," said Rhyne.
Rhyne said it is also important to make sure you are comfortable with the shop that services your vehicle.
"Find some place where, when you go in there, you feel like they are taking the time to address your needs, your concerns and make sure they're explaining what's wrong with your vehicle thoroughly," said Rhyne. "So when you leave you didn't spend a lot of money and not know what it was for."
CarMD analyzed more than 161,000 check-engine-light related repairs on model years ranging from 1996 to 2012 for the study.