Study Ranks Best and Worst Cities for Vehicle Maintenance

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July 12, 2018—WalletHub recently did an in-depth study on the best and worst cities to drive in, comparing the 100 largest cities across 29 key indicators of driver-friendliness. And one of those factors included access to and cost of maintenance.

WalletHub ranked the cities with the most automotive repair shops per capita. There was a huge difference between the top city on the list and the bottom city.

The top five were:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Orlando, Fla.
  3. Miami
  4. New York City
  5. Houston

The bottom five were:

  1. New Orleans
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Laredo, Tex.
  4. Irvine, Calif.
  5. Boston

The cities with the lowest and highest auto maintenance costs were also ranked:

The top five were:

  1. Portland, Ore.
  2. El Paso, Tex.
  3. Memphis, Tenn.
  4. Jacksonville, Fla.
  5. Laredo, Tex.

The bottom five were:

  1. 96. Boston
  2. 97. Winston-Salem, N.C.
  3. 98. Honolulu
  4. 99. Seattle
  5. 100. New York City

In terms of best cities to drive in, Raleigh, N.C. took the top spot, while Detroit was the worst city to drive in, according to their findings. 

The top five best cities to drive in were:

  1. Raleigh, N.C.
  2. Corpus Christi, Tex.
  3. Orlando, Fla.
  4. Greensboro, N.C.
  5. Plano, Tex.

The bottom five worst cities to drive in were:

  1. Seattle
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Oakland, Calif.
  4. San Francisco
  5. Detroit

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