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We've added or updated another 50 models at RepairPal! We are currently processing new data, so we will be adding even more models in the coming weeks. If you don't see your vehicle here, don't hesitate to request that your vehicle be added!

Our Technical Advisor Robert Isbell recently was asked to evaluate a local automotive repair program for certification, and as a service to our users, we would like to present a glimpse into the technician training process to help understand what it takes to be a highly trained automotive technician. Technicians Education Certification

This is no April Fools joke, we've added or updated over 50 models at RepairPal! There are now many of the Hybrids available too! If you didn't see the last group of new additions, check out the list here We are currently processing new data, so we will be adding even more models in the coming weeks. If you don't see your vehicle here, don't hesitate to request that your vehicle be added!

Everyday we hear stories about how RepairPal is helping people around the country (and even some people in far corners of the world). In recent months the quantity of stories has increased a lot. Last week, our hometown NBC station helped share one of these stories. Check it out: Do you have a RepairPal story? Share it with us!

Now that everyone in my social circle knows that I spend far too much of my life thinking about auto repair, I get a lot of car-related email and news--which is great!  There's a lot of it. I was just sent this auto repair shop advertisement from a 1928 newspaper, and while I can't verify that it is authentic, but for fun, let's just assume that it is.

This is the latest in a series of blog posts that our Honda expert, Robert Isbell, is writing for RepairPal. Robert has worked at Honda dealerships for over 22 years as a technician, shop foreman and service manager. He has developed and led new owner clinics that educate new owners about their cars and he will be contributing to  our blog to educate our visitors about the methods for getting the most out of your service experience. Missed the preceding post? Click here.

We've updated RepairPal!  Our goal is to be your one-stop website for comprehensive auto repair and service information. In our effort to provide accurate repair estimates and lists of common problems for as many cars and drivers as possible, we've just added 6 new models and updated 40+ existing models, including the Honda Accord, Civic, Toyota Camry, Ford F150, Mustang and the Chevrolet Cobalt and Chevrolet Malibu. We are currently processing new data, so we will be adding many more models in the coming weeks, including the Hybrid Versions of the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Highlander, Honda Accord and Civic and the Chevrolet Tahoe! If you don't see your vehicle here, don't hesitate to request that your vehicle be added!

I’ve been driving on a spare ever since I retrieved my stolen van from a dilapidated tow yard months ago. The thieves apparently got a flat, put on the spare in the van, and didn’t have the decency to replace the flattened tire. Though my father taught me how to change a tire, that lesson was fifteen years ago. I did a little research and found five easy steps to get the job done. Just in case you get a flat (or run across some thieves as inconsiderate as mine), here’s what to do.Make sure you have a spare.

Have you ever taken your car in to be serviced only to find yourself walking out with a lighter wallet, wondering if you really needed that rear alignment, coolant flush, and a new power steering pump? While ignoring your mechanic’s advice to replace your paper-thin brake pads probably isn’t wise, there are a few areas where you can save money and gain confidence. Read Your Car’s Manual

I have worked in the California Smog and Emissions Testing program for over 22 years. I have worked in the Gold Shield Program, which helps to certify Gross Polluter vehicles (vehicles that fail their Emissions Inspection by a wide margin) since 1995.  Sometimes the Gold Shield Shops and Technicians that do this work do not get paid for all the time and work they put in when they are bringing an older vehicle, that may have high mileage, back into spec so it can pass an Emissions Test.  That said, there is a feeling of satisfaction in knowing that you are cleaning the air and helping someone who usually does not have a lot of money.