Most Common Car Problems By State

How about some automotive trivia for all you trivia buffs out there! Heath’s Auto Service loves all things automobile, but like you, we don’t love car trouble. You might be surprised to know that some automobile issues are demographic. Let’s look at the most common car problems suffered by drivers in each state to see what you need to worry about.

Car Won’t Start

The very definition of frustration is getting into your vehicle in the morning, putting the key into the ignition and turning it, and then hearing sputtering or nothing at all. People who live in the following states experience this more often than those who live in other states. Cars don’t start in

  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Washington DC
  • Wisconsin

Don’t you wonder why? We sure do! There must be something in the air.

Dead Battery

Naturally, a dead battery is one reason why a car won’t start, and batteries seem to die faster for drivers who live in

  • Alaska
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

We suppose the winters in Alaska would explain why car batteries die more quickly. It’s dark all the time and drivers must have their headlights on constantly.

Flat Tire

Flats are pretty darn irritating, too, and you should beware of the roads here and in the following states if you’re planning a road trip. Drivers get the most flats in

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island

Don’t stress if you end up with a flat in Flagstaff. We repair or replace tires, so we’ve got you covered!

Spark Plugs

This seems as if it’s an odd entry on our list, but in some states, drivers have more trouble with spark plugs than in other states. Spark plug replacements are most common in

  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina

It really is a mystery why this is so. Although some might argue that aliens are the culprit in New Mexico. Have you ever been to Roswell? If not, go. It’s a fun place.

Fender Bender

It’s no surprise that the most common car problem in California is fender benders. Have you ever driving on California freeways? Aside from The Golden State, fender benders are also most common in Connecticut, Maryland, and Virginia.

Transmission and Windshield Repair

Drivers who live in Idaho and Missouri find themselves heading to an auto service for transmission repair more than in any other state, and those who live in Colorado and Kansas head to the shop for windshield repair more often. The latter isn’t a surprise considering how many hailstorms Colorado and Kansas have.

Oil Change and Dents

Alabamans take their cars, trucks, and SUVs in for oil changes more than any other state. This is another one that makes you scratch your head. What is it about driving in Alabama that adds more miles to your car? Finally, those who drive in Wyoming experience the most dents.

We aren’t proud to admit it, but when it comes to states with the most car problems, Arizona tops the list. That’s the bad news. The good news is Heath’s Auto Service in Flagstaff, AZ, is a full-service, one-stop shop for all your automotive needs. Call us today at 928-214-8150.

Call Heath’s Auto Service at 928-214-8150 for an appointment today!

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