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Communicating with a mechanic can be difficult – and intimidating. It can be hard to describe the problem, understand potential solutions, and make sure you're getting a fair deal. This MasterKit has you what you need to talk shop like a pro and stay in the driver's seat – literally and figuratively.
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The Most Common Car Repair Costs

Know what certain car repairs will cost so you don't have to worry about being charged more than what is fair.

Whether your car is old or new, common car repair costs fall into a general price range. Use this list to understand and reference standard car repair costs – especially if your car ends up in the shop.

Repairs and Maintenance Services under $500
Under $500
  • $25-$100: Cabin air filter replacement1
    • Pro Tip: An air filter replacement is relatively affordable - as long as you get it done regularly.
  • $75-$150: Transmission fluid flush2
  • $100-$150: Engine coolant temperature sensor replacement3
  • $100-$200: Spark plug replacement4
  • $100-$300: Front or rear windshield replacement5

Repairs and Maintenance Services between $500 - $1,000
Between $500 and $1000
  • $500: Radiator replacement6
  • $300-$750: Water pump replacement7
    • Why? The pump only costs between $50-100, but it's a labor intensive repair.
  • $600-$800: Buying and installing new all-season tires8
  • $500-$950: Timing or serpentine belt replacement9
    • Pro tip: Most manufacturers recommend replacing your serpentine belt every 60,000-105,000 miles, or after six to seven years.

Repairs and Maintenance Services over $1,000
Over $1000
  • $1,000-$1,500: Head gasket replacement10
  • $1,500-$3,500: Suspension system replacement11
    • Pro Tip: A suspension system replacement should include shocks, struts, springs, control arms, and tie rods.
  • $1,500-$3,000: Transmission replacement12
  • $3,000-$6,000: Airbag replacement13
    • Why? The number and location of the air bags and necessary parts varies depending on your car's make and model.
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