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By the Numbers: Driving up costs

Sticker shock has Americans driving their cars longer—but mechanics can’t keep up

Illustration by Krieg Barrie

By the Numbers: Driving up costs
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The approximate increase in auto repair prices from January 2022 through June 2023 according to data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

12.5 years

The average age of a passenger car traveling America’s roadways according to S&P Global Mobility. The record high age is mixed news for car repair shops that are enjoying a boom in business but are struggling to find enough mechanics to turn a wrench.

4.8 days

The average wait time to get an appointment with a mechanic for mass market vehicles, up 1.3 days since 2021 according to a report issued this year by J.D. Power.


The number of graduates from auto technician programs each year, despite an annual U.S. industry demand for 258,000 according to the TechForce Foundation.


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