DMV: Repair Charge Rates

Motor Vehicle Repair Labor Rates

Holiday Closing:  On Friday, May 24, DMV offices will close at 12:30 p.m. for the Memorial Day holiday.  Offices will remain closed on Saturday, May 25 and will reopen on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:45 a.m.    

The State of Connecticut does not regulate the cost of parts or labor charged by motor vehicle dealers or repair shops, but the shop must post their hourly labor rates on a sign at their place of business.

Also, Connecticut law requires that a repair shop obtain written or verbal authorization from the customer on any repair. All repairs must be authorized by the customer regardless of the cost of the repair.  The repair shop must provide the customer with an invoice of the work performed and the parts used.  Further repair info may be found in the motor vehicle statutes 14-65e through 65j.

Note: In the event that the cost exceeds the estimate, the consumer may give authorization verbally or in writing. An estimate of the maximum cost to the customer of the specific job authorized is required on any repair over $50. 

If you feel you were improperly charged for a repair:
  • You may file a complaint with the DMV Consumer Complaint Center who will investigate to determine if a statutory violation has occurred.
  • Please be sure to include copies of all related repair documents.
  • All complaints should be made in writing on the Consumer Complaint Form (form K-35) and sent to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Consumer Complaint Center
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT 06161


Content Last Modified on 4/26/2017 1:28:16 PM