Car Repairs: Average Costs to Fix a Broken Car

Your car has broken down—again—and you’re hoping you’ll be able to pay for the repair. Unfortunately, most mechanics charge a fee to diagnose the problem, and only then can they provide an estimate. Some car owners don’t want to spend the money on a diagnosis only to find out that they aren’t able to pay for the repair or to learn the repair costs more than they are willing to spend. 

Victory Used Cars wants to help by providing the average costs of some common car repairs. Of course, these are only typical prices; your exact costs will vary based on the age and type of car and the mechanic you choose.  

How Much Does It Cost To Fix A Broken Transmission?

The realization that a car has transmission problems is enough to make most owners groan—and with good reason. Transmission repairs can be some of the most expensive, but they aren’t always. 

The repair could be as easy as fixing a leak, which will cost $200 or $300. Replacing the solenoids will run about $400 to $800. 

If it’s a worst-case scenario and the transmission needs to be replaced, you’ll have two options: a rebuilt transmission for $2,800 to $3,800 or a new transmission for $4,000 to $8,000. 

How Much Does It Cost To Fix A Car Engine?

When your engine needs to be replaced, you could have it rebuilt or opt for a new engine. Either way, you’re looking at a significant cost. The average cost to rebuild an engine is $2,500 to $4,500. If you go for a new engine, expect to pay an average of $4,000 for a 4-cylinder, about $6,000 for a V6, and $7,000 for a V8. Performance engines cost more, so if you drive a luxury import, the cost of a new engine could be much more. 

How Much Does It Cost To Fix A Broken Windshield?

The cost to fix your car’s broken windshield depends on the type of car and the extent of the damage. A chip may cost as little as $60 to repair, and some insurance companies are willing to cover a chip repair with no deductible. Some cracks can also be repaired for a similar cost. 

If you need to replace the windshield, expect to pay an average of $200 to $400. If you drive a luxury car, the cost can be much higher, with some high-end car owners paying as much as $1,500.

How Much Does It Cost To Fix The A/C in A Car?

As with most car repairs, there is a big range for possible costs depending on what is causing your AC to fail. If you need a minor repair to the compressor, costs can be as much as $700, while a more significant repair averages $1,000 to $4,000. Keep in mind that you might just need a charge, which is only about $140. 

When faced with a big repair cost, you have a decision to make: continue to invest in your current car or purchase a different vehicle. Victory Used Cars makes it easy and affordable to get behind the wheel of a reliable pre-owned car, and we have financing options that will work for you no matter your credit score—we don’t even run a credit check! Plus, we stand behind the vehicles we sell with a Free Labor Warranty. Check out our inventory online or stop by today!