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General Interest

Gas prices? The future of hybrids? Find out what's in the news today!

It’s been busy around here at RepairPal HQ and we are excited that we can finally share what we’ve been up to. We are unveiling not one, but two, new projects today!

First, RepairPal is proud to announce a program for The American Association of Retired Persons’ (AARP) 37 million members, giving members a 10% discount, up to $50, off services and repairs at participating RepairPal Certified shops. As the number one auto repair website and top source for finding the best auto repair shops in the U.S., RepairPal has become the first preferred AARP Lifestyle and Member Advantages provider exclusively focused on auto repair and services. The new partnership gives AARP members the invaluable combination of high quality work at fair prices from independently certified and trusted repair shops.

Where I live, in the San Francisco Bay Area, traffic jams are as common as the fog. A few weeks ago, I drove up to Sebastopol from San Francisco and before I knew it, my leisurely drive had turned into stop-and-go traffic. The traffic was so bad, I had to turn around to head back to the city before I had reached my destination so I wouldn’t be late for another appointment.

Anytime the fuel gauge gets less than a quarter full, my mind starts to race. What if I run out of gas? Is this hurting my engine? Can I really “run on fumes”?

Ahh … driver’s ed. I remember meeting my high school basketball coach and one other kid in the school parking lot at 8am on a few Saturday mornings when I was fifteen. I had already been taught the basics of driving by my cousin, but driver’s ed with Ms. Wallace was mandatory and I couldn’t wait to get my license.

I have teenage children and my shop is very close to Grand Canyon University so keeping teens safe on the road is a subject dear to my heart. I’m often asked what parents should look for in a car for their teen driver. Of course, all teens dream of the fancy souped up sports car, but that certainly isn’t the safe choice for young, inexperienced drivers.

These days, it seems like Do It Yourself (DIY) is everywhere, mostly because people are trying to save money any way they can. But while doing some things on your own makes sense (like painting your hallway), attempting to repair a car problem yourself can often end up costing more instead of less.

Are you one of those people who doesn't put gas into your tank until it beeps a warning? I’ve known a few people who do this on a regular basis and I’ve seen the damage first hand.

The other day, a recall was released concerning Toyota floor mats and unintended acceleration. While Toyota received a lot of bad press a year or so ago for this same issue, this new recall was mostly ignored by the news media.

In 1995, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced minimum standards for all gasoline sold in the U.S. These standards included a detergent package that must be added to gasoline to help prevent the accumulation of carbon deposits, mostly on the intake valves, which can impact engine performance and emissions.

Last week, we sent out our brand new metal Top Shop signs to all of our Top Shop members. Check them out!