CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2014) — Auto repair shops apparently were busy replacing brake pads on aging vehicles last year, according to AutoMD.com, which released its list of the Top 10 Auto Repair Jobs for 2013.
The online auto repair quotes and information site, a subsidiary of U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc., said that standard wear and tear jobs dominated the list, with brake pad replacement coming in at the top followed by other cyclical repair jobs, such as alternator, water pump and timing belt replacement, rounding out the list.
"This Top 10 list is continuing evidence that consumers are holding and repairing their vehicles, and that the vehicles they are driving are lasting and serving their owners well," said Brian Hafer, vice president of marketing for AutoMD.com.
"The most researched repair estimates are for parts that have a shorter life span than most of today's vehicles, and certainly than the average age of the top 10 most repaired vehicles, which was 11 years."
Based on the auto repair jobs selected in 2013 by consumers researching and requesting repair estimates with AutoMD Insta-Quotes, the top replacements were, in order: brake pads; alternator; water pump; timing belt; spark plugs; fuel pump; brake rotor; radiator; engine mount; and catalytic converter.
"We believe that this list is a further testament of the durability of the vehicles on the road today," Mr. Hafer said. "And that the savvy consumers measured in this list are going online to research and request repair estimates keeping repair shops and service centers busy as they maintain their vehicles for the long term."