This week, AP writer, David Pitt, offered some tips on how to find a great mechanic in an article that appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, MSN Money, and other prominent media outlets nationwide. Pitt interviewed RepairPal CEO, Art Shaw, and the article speaks to many of the issues important to RepairPal, including fair estimate prices and finding quality shops.
In Pitt’s article, he points out that people are keeping their cars longer than they have in the past. Nowadays, the average age of cars on the road is eleven years, which means more maintenance costs or people putting off maintenance altogether. Another downside is vehicle warranties. “Older cars are no longer under warranty, so owners are paying for more repairs out of their own pockets,” said Shaw.
Because of this, it’s important now, more than ever, that consumers get a fair estimate for auto repair and to find an honest, quality repair shop to do the work. Both of these issues have been central to our mission since our inception.
RepairPal was also featured prominently in a Consumer Reports press release that hit the wire this week. According to Consumer Reports, “Forty percent of respondents to a recent Consumer Reports poll who are involved in repair decisions stated that they are postponing car maintenance or repairs on their primary vehicle.” Of those who did put off work on their cars, “Forty-four percent … also admitted that they felt the value, safety, or reliability of the vehicle would suffer, with some saying the car was becoming an embarrassment.”
In the article, Consumer Reports also announced the launch of their Car Repair Estimator, a repair information service powered by none other than RepairPal. Through our involvement with Consumer Reports, we hope to help drivers know more about their vehicles and receive fair, unbiased estimates for repair work.
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The RepairPrice Estimator™ is quickly becoming the industry standard for online auto repair estimates and we couldn’t be more proud.
Update: RepairPal was also recently featured in an article reviewing new technology that helps keep mechanics honest so you can get quality repairs at a fair price. Check it out here >>