New Porsche Macan for 2014 unveiled TODAY

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The Porsche Macan will certainly be one of this year’s most exclusive and unique consumer favorites.

At least two years ahead of schedule, Porsche unleashed the innovative Macan utility vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. This was a fitting venue for one of the most highly-anticipated utility vehicle releases in recent history. The LA crowd wants a peek at the newest evolution in functional luxury and the engines which make that lifestyle possible. The Macan, otherwise known as “The Tiger” has been received wonderfully, and is already making its mark on the world of high-end utility vehicle dealership orders. This model will certainly be one of this year’s most exclusive and unique consumer favorites.
SWEngines is proud to be one of the only sources for securing and shipping Porsche engines to any part of the country. Porsche has created one of the most powerful and utilitarian engines on the market. This technology and precision can be cateloged and transferred to anyone wanting to experience the exclusive, unmatched performance of the most highly-regarded sports utility vehicle to hit the consumer market in years. The turbocharged 3.6 liter Macan engine can generate power that produces speeds of 62 mph in less than 6 seconds. It is also perfect for custom transferred projects which produce world class teeth-rattling muffler and exhaust acoustics. We have the Porsche engine for your next big auto project.

 

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Toyota RAV4 – Join the RAV4olution!

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Everyone is blown away by the RAV4s great handling, smooth ride and surprising power

There’s a RAV4lution going on and if you test drive the vehicle you will understand why. The Toyota RAV4 is fun, but it’s also ferocious. This versatility is what makes it attractive to people of all ages. Everyone is blown away by the RAV4s great handling, smooth ride and surprising power. This go-anywhere vehicle also delivers a solid 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway as you go hither and yon.

It all starts with the RAV4s 2.5L 4-Cyl engine and 6 speed automatic transmission. The people you blow by on the highway or rumble by off road won’t believe all that speed and power is coming from a 4-cylinder engine. But the Toyota engineers have put those 176 HP and 172 feet-pounds of torque the engine produces to good use. The RAV4 flies and its handling is amazing. The RAV4 responds like it has telepathy. As soon as you think it the RAV4 is ready to roll. Plus it has many of the top safety features.

The RAV4 comes with an incredible array of accessories including:

  • Smart Key System
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Individual Temperature Control
  • Reclining Rear Seat
  • Eight Airbags

The RAV4 offers excitement, value, practicality and a range of the latest mobile communication and electronic technology including navigation. The interior is roomy and comfortable, the cargo area is huge and it offers agile handling under any weather conditions. Whether you’re hauling people or cargo, you simply get into the RAV4 and go. For owners of older RAV4s, you can visit SWEngines.com should you need quality used engines. But newer models have top of the line amenities including:

  • Power Moon roof
  • USB Port
  • 12-Volt Power Outlets
  • Noise-Reducing Windshield
  • Easy-to-use Cargo Management Systems
  • Adjustable Power Liftgate
  • Fold-Flat Second Row
  • Electrical Power Steering
  • Backup Cameras
  • Top-of-the-line Safety Features

Join the RAV4lution!

 

 

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2 Fast 2 Furious: The Pink Honda is a Legend

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Unlike some of the other movie cars, the pink S2000 is actually engineered to deliver an enhanced on-road performance

 

The action-packed “2 Fast 2 Furious” is definitely one of the most exciting car movies ever. Car enthusiasts had the treat of watching their favorite high-performance machines in action. Although the film featured plenty of exhilarating rides, one of the most intriguing cars was definitely the customized pink Honda S2000. Even today, the head-turning sports car still draws stares of admiration.

At first glance, the pink Honda S2000 makes a bold statement with its specialized ground effects and artistic paint job. The unique shade of pink helps to differentiate this S2000 from any other tuner car roaming the street. Unlike some of the other movie cars, the pink S2000 is actually engineered to deliver an enhanced on-road performance. Although the internal components of the engine remain the same, the pink S2000 has been outfitted with a potent Paxton supercharger. The addition of the supercharger effectively boosts the power output from 240 horsepower to a massive 340 horsepower.

For car enthusiasts that are seeking to replicate the pink S2000, there are plenty of high-performance used engines available. Most Honda engines are interchangeable, so a more potent motor can be easily swapped into the S2000. Our engine database here at southwestengines has many Honda motors that can be modified. With the addition of a jazzy paint job and a customized set of wheels, you can transform your own S2000 into a vehicle that is worthy of a movie role.

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They Call This: The – Death – Road

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The North Yungas Road is the most dangerous roadway on Earth

Probably every driver is aware of a road in their area which has risky features that might make it seem to deserve the nickname “Death Road.” But it is doubtful that many could compete with the North Yungas Road in La Paz, Bolivia.
There are many who claim that the North Yungas Road is the most dangerous roadway on Earth. It is extremely narrow at only 3 meters wide (about ten feet) and has frighteningly tight hairpin turns and difficult to navigate passages. Worst of all, it has no guard rails or other protective barriers to prevent you from plunging 800m (about half a mile) down a sheer cliff. To make matters worse, because it is unpaved there are frequent dust clouds in the summer that reduce visibility. In the winter, there is often fog and heavy rains that can cause mudslides and falling rocks.

The death toll on Death Road is considerable, with an average of over 100 people a year who are killed while trying to traverse it. However, the road has its defenders, who claim that many of those who plunge to their deaths are drunk drivers whose impaired driving skills has more to do with their deaths than the road itself.

Strangely enough, the road’s reputation for high mortality is actually an attraction for some drivers. Death Road has become something of a tourist attraction, with an estimated 25,000 people per year who specifically seek out Death Road in order to test their driving skills. Not all of them drive down the road, as some travelers prefer to go via the safer means of riding a bicycle. Death Road is actually uniquely well suited for bike travel, at least going one way, as 40 miles of the road are completely downhill. Still, bicycling does not make the road completely safe, as an average of a dozen cyclists are killed each year.

You don’t have to drive on Bolivia’s Death Road to experience dangerous driving. You could be driving on the world’s safest road, but if you experience mechanical problems like engine failure then an accident may occur. If your engine is old and in need of replacement, visit SWengines, the best place to go to find used motors for sale. That way if you decide to take a drive on Death Road, at least you won’t have to worry about your engine!

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The Top 5 Silver Screen Super Cars

You look for used engines because sometimes, your old car is worth more than just money. You’ve had experiences in that car that you’ll never forget, and you want to keep it running not only for the transportation, but for the memories.

 

And there are other cars that you grew up with that hold a special place in your heart – the movie cars. These used motors may have been old and clunky, or sleek and futuristic. Whatever they were, the cars were at least as much a character as the people in the movie. We’ve found a few of the most popular to share something about your favorite automotive actors with you.

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The Bullitt Mustang was Known for the Best Car Chase in Movie History

#5 – Mustang

  • Movie: Bullitt
  • Year: 1968
  • Make: 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback
  • Engine: 390 cubic inch FE V8
  • Owner: Bullitt
  • Famous For: Best car chase in movie history
  • Fun Facts:
    • Bullitt used close-ups of the driver to add realism; it’s the first movie to do so.
    • Two cars were used for filming the chase; the primary car was so beat up by the end of filming that it had to be destroyed.
    • The Mustangs were modified by Max Balchowski to have stronger springs and shocks, braces on the inner fenders, and to coax a bit more power from the engine.
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The 1969 Dodge Charger for the “Dukes of Hazard” was Originally Found in a Junkyard

#4 – The General Lee

  • TV Show: Dukes of Hazzard
  • Years: 1979-1985
  • Make: 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
  • Engine: 318, 383, and 440 CID V8s were all used.
  • Owners: Bo and Luke
  • Famous For: Lots of jumps, car horn sings “Dixie”
  • Fun Facts:
    • The car rarely survived the 150 jumps in the series. By the end, the show had gone through about 300 cars. Seventeen still exist.
    • To keep the nose up during jumps, the trunk was filled with sand or concrete.
    • In later seasons, the studio would use old jump footage to save on cars.
    • The car used in the first episode was found in a junkyard. It was refurbished and sold for $110,000.
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James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 was Known for It’s Cool Gadgets like Missile Launchers and tire Slashers

#3 – James Bond’s Aston Martin

  • Movie: First introduced in Goldfinger
  • Year: 1964, 6 through 2013
  • Make: Aston Martin DB5
  • Engine: 3,995 cc Inline-6
  • Owner: James Bond
  • Famous For: Spy gadgets for missions
  • Fun Facts:
    • In the books, Bond has an Aston Martin in Goldfinger but uses a Bentley in the rest of the series.
    • Gadgets on the Aston Martin include:
      • Revolving number plates
      • Tyre slashers
      • Machine guns
      • Gas and oil slick spouts
      • Passenger ejector seat
      • Missiles, lasers, and more
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The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle aka “Herbie” Could Really Do a Wheelie

#2 – Herbie

  • Movie: First appearance in The Love Bug
  • Year: 1968, 5 movies through 2005
  • Make: 1963 Volkswagen Beetle
  • Engine: 356 Porsche, modified VW Bus engines, 1835cc VW engines
  • Owner: Jim Douglas
  • Famous For: Anthropomorphic racecar
  • Fun Facts:
    • In Herbie: Fully Loaded, the bug got a top speed of 132 mph.
    • Herbie can really do a wheelie.
    • During the course of the original 4 Disney movies, more than 50 Beetles were used in production. For the 2005 Fully Loaded movie, 38 more cars were added to that mix.
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The DeLorean DMC-12 Was Chosen as the Time Machine for its Futuristic Looking Gullwing Doors

#1 – De Lorean

  • Movie: Back to the Future film series
  • Year: 1985-1990
  • Make: DeLoran DMC-12
  • Engine: 2,849cc PRV V6
  • Owner: Doc Brown
  • Famous For: Time travel
  • Fun Facts:
    • The DMC-12 was the only car created by the company.
    • In development, the time machine went from laser device to refrigerator before finally becoming a car.
    • The DeLorean was chosen for its futuristic looking gullwing doors
    • 5 DeLoreans were used in filming, as well as a “process” car, a DeLorean with an off-road VW frame, and a full-sized fiberglass model.

We love our cars, and seeing a car take on a life of its own is always thrilling. These classic cinema cars have made film history and become icons in their own rights. While your own car may not have instant worldwide recognition, sometimes it can be just as iconic to you of good times you’ve experienced. So enjoy your car and all the adventures it brings to you.

 

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A Life Size Transformer From Scrap Parts

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Ingenious Life-size Transformer Made from Used Motor Parts

 

Anyone who spent a significant part of their life in the 80′s or, thanks to Michael Bay, the 2000′s saw the autonomous robotic life forms called The Transformers.  Every kid wanted the action figures and some wanted the real thing. For the latter, there is a strong market for engine and other used motor parts for sale that can help you put together a life size replica of your favorite Autobot.

The internet is buzzing about the impressive life size models made with simple tools and affordable , easy to find and accurate engine parts.  The premise behind the Transformers is they are mechanical beings.  It is simply a matter of giving us a call here at SW Engines, as we can source a variety of engine and car parts for you at very competitive prices!

There are many forums and blogs to look up for inspiration and even advice directly from other replica enthusiasts.  Do some research to get a check list for your choice of character’s anatomy. Decide if you want a model replica or a fully functional transformer. The models are very satisfying and will not be very difficult once you are started. If you have the time and resources and want the ultimate bragging rights, attempting a functioning transformer is a more complicated and rewarding project.

Make sure you have a sheltered work-space as this will take several weeks and possibly months to complete.  The methods is the same as rebuilding an engine but in a very different configuration which takes some imagination. You will need some assistance with lifting and holding parts as they are added, but there are plenty of Transformer fans to help with your new action figure.

“Used motor parts for sale” ads, scrap metal and junk yard cars are more options for getting parts cheap.  You can also write ads for parts you can’t find on your own.  Be sure to mention why you want them to increase your word of mouth networking.  Many people will be interested in selling parts to such a grand work of nostalgia and you may even get an audience when it is done.

For legal reasons it is best not to charge admission or do any profitable endeavors. These are trademarked images and it may not be legal if you do this for anything but personal enjoyment.  The satisfaction of having a ten foot tall Optimus Prime in the garage should be all the reward you need.

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America’s Favorite Tow Truck: Mater!

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Friendly-looking cars tend to sell a great deal better. Who wouldn’t love to buy Mater’s used engine?

According to studies conducted by marketers people tend to buy cars that have a personality. Friendly-looking cars, by and large, tend to sell a great deal better. If there was a competition for the friendliest car though, then the all-time winner might be Mater, the beater with an engine of gold.
Big Screen, Little Screen

Tow Mater, later Sir Tow Mater, is a secondary character in the Pixar film “Cars”, but he later went on to star in “Cars 2″, as well as in a spin-off series “Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales”. In the first role Mater is the slightly bumbling, hometown boy that the race car Lightning McQueen befriends, and in the sequels Mater takes on roles ranging from a secret agent to a giant slayer. A vehicle of varied talents, Mater has become something of a household name due to the success of both the first film and the subsequent runs on the “Cars” franchise.

What’s Under the Hood?

At first glance Mater looks like just another beat-up tow truck, albeit one with eyes and a trademark drawl provided by famous comedian Larry the Cable Guy. However, while it’s a little hard to pin down precisely where Mater came from, fans and car lovers alike have been hitting the books to try and trace the automobile’s ancestry. The results that people have found are pretty hodge-podge, but when they’re put together into a complete picture, it is Mater to the life.

The core of Mater comes from a Haulitail Hook’Em, though there is some argument among people as to whether the model is a 1951 or a 1957. However, neither model accounts for Mater’s most prominent feature, aside from his love of tractor tipping. That is namely the big arm on the back that supports the cars he tows. That arm and assembly belongs to Mater’s other parent, a 1951 International Harvester L-170. These vehicles were part boom truck and part Chevy 3800, with a healthy dose of one ton wrecker. Though he might be animated, the designers had to take inspiration from real autos in order to put together Mater’s precise look, from the way his chassis curves back to the discoloration of his side panels. Tracking down precisely which makes and models went into his look proved a bit of a challenge though, even for those who have a huge love of cars real and animated.

 

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Can Your Car Be Your Mobile Office?

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Using your car as a mobile office may save you money

 

When people think of the state of Georgia, chances are good that the first words that come to mind are not “government invention”. However, Georgia decided to try something unique by getting rid of the physical office space used by their parole officers, and assigning said officers to a car as a mobile work station. The question that lots of people are now asking, both in the private sphere as well as in the public one, is can this really work?

The Upsides

On the one hand it’s true that Georgia has saved a lot of money up front by getting rid of all the overhead that comes with renting buildings, buying real estate, or any of the other things associated with traditional, static offices. It keeps employees in the field, and it helps to make sure that the job’s getting done at the ground level. Also, thanks to mobile technology, it’s possible for those using their cars as mobile offices to maintain access to databases, to file reports, and to communicate with superiors all across the board. In that instance the idea of a mobile office run out of a vehicle is actually a pretty safe, sane idea.

The Downsides

On the other hand, driving isn’t free. The cost of gas is definitely something to consider, particularly if individuals now have to drive more than they would have had to with a static office. Employees need a vehicle that’s big enough for them to do all of the necessary work their jobs entail, and which will support all of the equipment they need to bring into the field as well. Upkeep is also an issue, and unless business and government employees want to keep a constant eye out for “engine for sale” ads then a mobile office might not be the best idea.

Does it Save?

The question, at the end of the day, is whether turning one’s car into a mobile office saves money. Does the cost in vehicle upkeep and fuel, as well as the cost in technology and the sheer inconvenience of being on the road all day, every work day, balance out the costs that would otherwise be spent on a static office? Or, in the event that individuals don’t have an office at all, is using a car as an office cheaper than simply going and finding a physical office to set up?

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Ten Best Fall Foliage Road Trips of 2013

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Hudson Valley in New York                          (Pic by Dutchess County Tourism)

According to the Travelchannel.com, we’ve got ten pretty awesome road trips for 2013 showcasing some amazing autumn colors that you may want to consider taking before winter sets in.  Whether you’ve got a new car or your classic cruiser with its used engine, plan your date, pack  your gear and don’t forget your camera!  For maps and more pics, check the link above.

Hudson Valley, New York

If you crave sweeping vistas, meandering roads and lots of barns, this is the drive for you.  Stated as “some of the most beautiful land you’ll ever set your eyes on.” by Samantha brown of Travel Host.

Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

You can enjoy two foliage heritage tours in Maryland at the Deep Creek Lake and view some breathtaking scenes before you jount back to the visitors center.  This is a superb 90-minute loop

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Totally worth the drive before October ends is the Harper’s Ferry.  Bring the kids and catch the Jefferson Rock hike to enjoy the view looking over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Route 112, New Hampshire

If you want some incredible pictures, take Route 112 west past the small fanciful town of Woodstock on to the Beaver Pond at Kinsman Notch.  The little side roads to explore is the best part.

Route 7, Vermont

The height of the colors in the stretch of the valley north of Bennington, you will find many maples and birch trees to take your breath away. Best in mid October, so plan your trip soon!

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin

The designs of Frank Lloyd Wright are perfect in the Fall and actually quite mind-blowing when set against the developing foliage.

Twain’s Great River Road, Mississippi to Hannibal, MO

For those who love Tom Sawyer-like adventures, it isn’t hard to see where Twain found his inspiration when you drive down the Mississippi to Hannibal

Ricketts Glen State Park, Northeast Pennsylvania

When the birch and sugar maple trees begin to turn that dynamic orange, yellow, and red – that is the perfect time for a drive down Route 29 and Rout 487 through the Rickets Glen State Park.  You can see a total of 22 waterfalls and stunning trees over 200 years old.  Bring your camera for truly dazzling photos. 

Skyline Drive, Virginia

One of the best fall get-aways would be the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Natl Park.  You will fall in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the many overlooks for snapping pics. 

Lake Wallenpaupack, Northeast Pennsylvania

Cruise along Lake Wallenpaupack for some of earth’s most yummy eye-candy, and pause in Hawley for some lunch before you take the hour long scenic boat cruise around the lake for some of your best photos ever.  

 

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How To Increase Your Cars Horsepower for Cheap

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Consider installing a high-flow air filter or an after market air intake

 

If you can afford to buy a Maserati Granturismo or 2014 Porsche Cayman sports car you won’t have too much concern about “horsepower” or that idiot in the next lane that lowers his car window and yells: “Hey sport! You wanna race?” On the other hand those more sensible car owners and drivers may wish to have a chat with the experts here at Southwest Engines for a more affordable and professional opinion about ways to increase horsepower in the vehicle they already own and drive; sounds like good advice, huh!

 

All that said we would like to present 5 ways for a person wanting to increase their horsepower and get the job done right the first time so they’ll be able to fool the next “clown” at a stop light who challenges you to a race saying: “You think that old clunker can beat this clunker, pal?” One fact about increasing horsepower in older vehicles is knowing whether it’s a V8 or V6; like a Lincoln Towncar. Most V8 engines will get a power boost from a true dual exhaust and an “H” pipe. Also keeping your car running smooth and in good shape can always boost power too. What we’re saying here is that no matter what kind of car you have, you can always add a little or a lot of horsepower increase, but eventually it will come down to time and money.

 

The folks here at Southwest Engines say that as a rule, you start with the components that are farthest from the engine and work your way inwards. For most cars you’ll start with the air intakes. So the cheapest and easiest ways to increase your cars horsepower boils down to this:

 

#1 – Clean all the junk out of your car reducing its weight
#2 – Clean out or pay someone to clean out the engine and air intake (may be a DIY job)
#3 – Go up “one” size in your spark plugs
#4 – Get MSD coil packs for your make and model vehicle
#5 – Install the following: A high-flow air filter or an after market air intake.

 

Install a “high-flow” converter or “turbo muffler” or both. Avoid getting the biggest since it may reduce performance. You might also consider removing the air silencer for more power and sound. Plus keeping your car running cool and well tuned can always boost your horsepower as well.

 

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How To Be Safe When You Are Driving Alone

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Check your gas, engine, and emergency road kit before driving alone

Know how to be safe when driving alone? Yes, and you immediately give yourself an A+ because you shouted out loud: “Wear your seatbelt,” and startled the driver in the adjacent lane who was thinking about dialing 911. There is no question that in today’s confused society, security and safety should be your paramount concern; especially women driving alone. That said here are some tips you may already know plus a few clever ones you don’t and should never forget.

Tip #1 – How’s that ten year old car holding up for you? Is it in good working order? If you’re traveling a long distance maybe you need a good used engine. That red light that keeps staying on could be a sign of trouble, so get it checked out, load up with gas, pack at least two gallons of water in your trunk as well as an emergency kit and blanket and one of those cool LED flashlights. Make sure all your doors lock.

Tip #2 – Study your maps before leaving if your destination is new to you. Let family and friends know your travel route. Don’t forget your iPhone, cell phone, and charger or whatever you use. Put a pocket knife and a can of Wildfire pepper spray in the glove box for easy access.

Tip #3 – You may be aware of stories about lone drivers, often women, who have been attacked while driving; ergo flashing lights may not be legitimate. Any person can rig a car with police strobe lights plus a fake badge and uniform. If you feel you’ve done nothing wrong, don’t stop. Dial 911, drive to a hospital, open business, or park in a lighted house driveway, honk your horn and lock your doors. This ploy may save your life and a real police person will understand.

Tip #4 – This may seem an overkill but buy a small, cheap, water pistol, fill it with BLEACH, and keep in handy at all times meaning in your pocket or front seat. Nothing will put an attacker out-of-action quicker that a face-full of bleach.

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Car Repairs: States With The Least and Most Expensive

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States vary in Expense to Repair and Maintain Your Car

Caution for all readers! You are hereby warned that the information released herein is FYEO (for your eyes only) and may contain some upsetting content; viewer discretion is advised. Any person who has driven a vehicle for any length of time knows the location of that “check engine” light. And if it turns the color of a city stop sign there may be a solid reason for a frown or even panic; especially if the light stays on and you’re someplace between Wickenburg, Arizona and Blythe, California.

 

About this time taking a “why me” stance won’t help matters, but your checkbook or credit card is going to take a “hit” plus you’ll be looking in the yellow pages for a used motors company. Even worse news is you read where automotive repair costs have bumped up about 10 percent over last year. Of course how deep your friendly, neighborhood used motors repair person will be reaching into your pocket will depend entirely on where you live.

 

But before we review most of the list of the most expensive states for car repairs, we’ll give you a few moments to get yourself a glass of water and two or three of those high-powered aspirin tablets just in case. Traditionally the West Coast is where car repairs cost an “arm and leg”, and California didn’t disappoint the CarMD folks; it registered at #3 on the list. The remaining top five were states along the Eastern Seaboard: New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.

 

Most Expensive States for Car Repairs

#5 – Maryland

#4 – North Carolina

#3 – California

#2 – District of Columbia

#1 – New Jersey

According to a study of recent vehicle repairs it’s interesting to know that car repairs in the Northeast section of the country rose 11.6 percent in 2012 which was much faster than the rest of the USA. Yet while the state of New Jersey took the honors of being the most expensive place for repairs (average of nearly $400 per, including parts and labor), Washington, D.C. who racked up an overall repair cost of a whopping 20 percent took high honors leaving N.J. the Garden State, in the rearview mirror. Yikes!

So now that you know most of the Top 10 parts and labor repair states, the bottom five were Vermont, West Virginia, South Dakota, Delaware, Iowa, Michigan, and Wyoming. From a car repair parts and labor low of $269.72 in Vermont, to a $392.99 parts and labor high in New Jersey; make plans accordingly.

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