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Nevada one of most expensive for auto repairs

Posted at 5:47 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 23:55:14-04

Many Nevadans already recognize it can be expensive to repair and maintain a car in the state, so much so it's in the top 10 nationwide for highest costs.

RepairPal Institute used its auto repair database to measure the average cost of three common repairs (water pump, alternator and brake pad replacements) on three popular car models (2010 Ford F-150, 2010 Honda Accord, and 2010 BMW 328i) in a range of zip codes across each U.S. state.

Nevada came in at No. 7 of 50. The website says the average cost for Nevada is $1,224 for three common repairs.

The top 6 states are Alaska, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri and New Hampshire. The average cost is $1,374 in Alaska.

The most affordable states for auto repair include West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Wyoming and Mississippi. In West Virginia, the average cost is $1,033.

Nevada is above its neighboring states of Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. Utah is the 11th most affordable.

The national average cost is $1,176. The full list can be found here.

In a different study, finance website GoBankingRates.com looked into the cost of operating a car, including title, registration fees, average car insurance and maintenance and the cost of gas.

As it turns out, Nevada also ranks as one of the most expensive states to own a car. The state came in a No. 9 of 51, with the list also including the District of Columbia.

The website says it will cost drivers more than $12,000 to own a car in Nevada in a three-year period.