Ga. has one of the highest car repair costs nationwide

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, June 17, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Last year, Georgians paid at least 10 percent more for car repairs.

According to a study by CarMD, Georgia is one of the priciest places to get your car fixed.

Scott Bowlin at Tires Plus in Augusta says there are a couple of reasons why.

"There's special equipment required to fix newer vehicles, and the training with the employees, as far as being current on new vehicles, too," he said.

While newer technology and longer labor times are reasons for the increase, Bowlin says that's not the case at his store.

"We really have not had a price increase probably in the last three to four years," Bowlin said.

The latest numbers from CarMD show that Georgia has the sixth highest car repair costs in the nation, but the folks over at Tires Plus say there are ways to get a good deal.

Robert Bossick has 36 years of experience in the business and says the best advice is shop around.

"Don't be afraid to get a second opinion. You don't go to a doctor that tells you that they are going to change your heart and say he's a 100 percent -- get a second opinion," he said.

Bossick also suggests getting a mechanic who checks out the whole car instead of just one issue because it can save you money later on, but that's not the only advice.

"Follow your maintenance schedules. They give you a maintenance schedule from the manufacturer for a reason -- to help it last as long as possible," Bossick said.

Lastly, he says treat your mechanic right for one reason.

"He's the doctor of your car," he said.

CarMD's latest data also shows that labor rates were up 24 percent in Georgia and parts rose 3 percent. They say the average cost for a "check engine light repair" is about $385.

Click here to read the CarMD study.

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