How Much Does a Car Diagnostic Test Cost?

A car diagnostic test is like a doctor’s diagnosis.  It can reveal many problems with the car such as the transmission, oil tank, exhaust system and other components that make up the vehicle.

Because a car is composed of thousand of parts that function together, the parts can succumb to wear and tear and begin to break over the years.  This process will show you how bad or good the condition of the car is, which can help you identify how much work is needed to fix the car if problems show up.

Often done when the car’s “check engine” light is one, a quick car diagnostic test can help pinpoint the exact problem.

Day 286: ”Checkup” by seanmfreese, on Flickr
Day 286: ”Checkup”” (CC BY 2.0) by seanmfreese

How much is it?

What is going to be included?

What are the extra costs?

How can I save money?

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Average Reported Cost: $104.25

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Pep Boys (Egg Harbor Township,  New Jersey) paid $85 and said:

    They told me it was the compressor in my auto air conditioner system.
    They said it would cost $1500 to $2000.
    How do you know if the test is really from your car? Does the test identify your car by vin number, model or make?

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. DeAnna (Stockton,  California) paid $132 and said:

    Big valley Ford

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Terry B. (Frederick,  Maryland) paid $150 and said:

    $150, at the Volvo/Audi dealership, plus the repair costs.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. shell (Bowie,  Maryland) paid $50 and said:

    too cheap?

    Was it worth it? Yes

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