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Hate “Check Engine” Lights? Here’s The Cheapest Brands To Fix

When that “Check Engine” light pops on you’re just waiting for the life of your car to be over. The engine is about to seize or the transmission is starting to fry. You expect to see dark smoke billowing out of your car in the rearview mirror. You’re imaging a repair bill in the tens of thousands. We all hate those “Check Engine” lights. But did you know there are companies tracking how much consumers spend to repair their car after the light pops on? CarMD has put together what it calls a Vehicle Health Index.

The folks at CarMD figure the average cost to fix your car after the “Check Engine” light comes on. Here’s a list of the lowest average repair costs after that dreaded light comes on. We list the overall brand and the specific vehicle within that brand’s models. And what the damage is to fix it.

10. Buick

The average repair cost to fix a “Check Engine” light is $420.73

The Buick with the least spent to fix a “Check Engine” light is the 2016 Buick Enclave at $147.00

9. Ford

The average repair cost to fix a “Check Engine” light is $385.15

The Ford with the least spent to fix a “Check Engine” light is the 2016 Ford Mustang at $189.00

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A mechanic repairing a 2008 Chevy Silverado | George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images

8. Volkswagen

The average repair cost to fix a “Check Engine” light is $379.63

The Volkswagen with the least spent to fix a “Check Engine” light is the 2016 Volkswagen Passat at $206.00

7. GMC

The average repair cost to fix a “Check Engine” light is $375.73

The GMC with the least spent to fix a “Check Engine” light is the 2016 GMC Acadia at $140.00

6. Chevrolet

The average repair cost to fix a “Check Engine” light is $366.54

The Chevy with the least spent to fix a “Check Engine” light is the 2017 Chevy Traverse $132.00

5. Dodge

The average repair cost to fix a “Check Engine” light is $349.50

The Dodge with the least spent to fix a “Check Engine” light is the 2017 Dodge Durango at $127.00

4. Chrysler

The average repair cost to fix a “Check Engine” light is $337.73

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The Chrysler with the least spent to fix a “Check Engine” light is the 2013 Chrysler 200 at $234.00

3. Hyundai

The average repair cost to fix a “Check Engine” light is $333.01

The Hyundai with the least spent to fix a “Check Engine” light is the 2017 Hyundai Tucson at $79.00

2. Mazda

The average repair cost to fix a “Check Engine” light is $332.38

The Mazda with the least spent to fix a “Check Engine” light is the 2012 Mazda3 at $224.00

1.Kia

The average repair cost to fix a “Check Engine” light is $321.43

The Kia with the least spent to fix a “Check Engine” light is the 2017 Kia Soul at $82.00