Frequently Asked Questions

RepairPal Certified

What Is a RepairPal Certified Shop?

The RepairPal Certified shop program is designed to help you find a repair shop you and your family can trust. The shops that qualify for our program go through a rigorous approval process that ensures the shop will live up to its RepairPal Certified status. RepairPal reviews the experience and training of the mechanics, sophistication of the tools, quality of parts placed in your car, satisfaction levels of actual verified customers, the warranty offered and the prices the shops charge.  When you visit a RepairPal Certified shop, you can be sure that you are getting very high quality work from expert technicians at a fair price.

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Do Shops Pay to Be in the RepairPal Certified Shop Network?

Yes, but shops cannot pay their way into the network. They must pass the entire application process on their own merit. Once they are approved, however, shops pay a monthly fee to stay in the program. This fee covers oversight and marketing costs, as well as some additional benefits we offer RepairPal Certified shops.

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Who Determines Which Shops Are Accepted into the RepairPal Certified Shop Network?

RepairPal has a staff of ASE Certified Master Technicians who have owned and worked at auto service companies.  RepairPal’s team has deep experience working for dealerships and independent auto repair shops, and are dedicated to setting a new bar for high quality in the industry.  RepairPal Master Technicians have won numerous awards for their customer service and expertise.

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How Are the Shops Assessed?

First, the shop must complete a technical assessment covering all components the repair process.  This starts with a thorough review of the technicians and service writers, including their experience, tenure, training and industry certifications. The assessment also covers the tools and equipment deployed at a shop, reviewing the state of technology the shop brings to the repair process.  The technical assessment also covers the quality of the parts that will be used in repairs, as high quality parts are critical for high quality repairs.  RepairPal knows the difference that each of these factors makes, and requires support documentation that backs up every section of the assessment. 

Second, to stand behind the quality of their work, RepairPal Certified shops must offer at least a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty on all repairs and services. 

Third, RepairPal conducts a comprehensive survey to allow only shops with the highest levels of customer satisfaction into its network.  RepairPal extracts a verified customer list directly from the shop’s computer system to avoid manipulation and hires a third party to rate their experience at the shop. All shops receive a Net Promoter Score®, a customer loyalty metric used by companies worldwide. RepairPal Certified shops’ NPS scores rate is comparable to and often higher than companies like Apple, Amazon, JetBlue, and Walmart.

Fourth, fair prices are important. Unfortunately, so many people have been ripped off by auto repair shops in the past. RepairPal invested considerably to build a price estimator that transparently provides a fair price range for hundreds of repairs on nearly every car built since 1990. RepairPal Certified shops honor the price ranges quoted in our estimator, so customers can have confidence that they are paying a reasonable price for quality work.

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Are RepairPal Certified Shops Re-Assessed Annually?

Yes. Each year, our team of experts assesses the shop to make sure they still qualify for the program.

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Do RepairPal Certified Shops Offer Warranties?

Yes. All of the shops in the RepairPal Certified shop network must offer a 12-month/12,000-mile service warranty at a minimum. Many RepairPal Certified shops offer 2 year/24,000-mile and even 3 year/36,000-mile warranties!

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What If There Isn’t a RepairPal Certified Shop in My Area?

Since we only pick the best shops with high quality work at fair prices, there’s a chance there might not be a RepairPal Certified shop in your area yet. If you think the shop you already go to could be a RepairPal Certified shop, we encourage you to recommend that shop to us.

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What Is the Net Promoter Score?

The Net Promoter Score® (NPS) is a customer loyalty metric used by leading companies worldwide as the standard for measuring customer loyalty. For example, GE, Apple, American Express, Philips, and Verizon all use the NPS metric to determine their customers' satisfaction.

The idea behind the Net Promoter Score is this: The best way to measure customer loyalty and satisfaction is for your customers to answer one question: "How likely is it that you would recommend our company to a friend or colleague?" Based on responses to that question, a NPS can be determined.

Any NPS higher than “10” is considered good, while any score above 50 is considered great. The average score for most companies is between 5 and 10, while the auto repair industry’s average score is unfortunately negative at –13.

A shop’s NPS is one of the most important factors we use to determine whether or not a shop is qualified to become a RepairPal Certified shop—the average score for shops in the RepairPal network is over 70.

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What Is the RepairPal Price Guarantee?

All RepairPal Certified shops honor the RepairPal Price Guarantee, where the cost of repairs must not exceed the estimated range provided by the RepairPal Estimator. All of the price data in our Estimator is rigorously gathered and analyzed, which ensures you will always get a fair price estimate for your repairs.  Learn more about the RepairPal Price Guarantee »

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Do Certifications Like ASE Really Matter?

In the automotive repair industry, having ASE certification is a strong symbol of quality. For example, an ASE Master Technician must pass all eight of the ASE automotive certification tests and have the required work experience. To be an ASE Blue Seal Certified Facility, at least 75 percent of the shop’s technicians must be ASE certified in each area of service they provide. Several RepairPal Certified shops are , ASE Blue Seal Certified Facilities.

There are many certifications and industry affiliations that illustrate a shop’s commitment to quality and excellence. To see a comprehensive list, please click here »

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RepairPal Price Guarantee and RepairPal Fair Price Estimator™

What Is the RepairPal Price Guarantee?

If a shop or dealership offers the RepairPal Price Guarantee, the cost of repairs must fall within the estimated range provided by the RepairPal Fair Price Estimator™.  

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How Does the RepairPal Fair Price Estimator Work?

We had 28 expert technicians and data analysts invest more than 75,000 hours analyzing the cost of labor and parts for certain repairs and the zip code where the shop is located. The data is then processed by the RepairPal Estimator, which calculates a price range where the estimate should fall. 

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Why Do You Give a Range of Estimates and Not a Single Price?

RepairPal Fair Price Estimates are presented as a range because our research has shown that each shop prices its services a little differently, based on the parts they use, how much profit they add, and the labor rate they employ. If you call several local shops and dealerships, you'll receive a range of quotes based on the quality of the parts used and the shop's investment in tools and diagnostic equipment. Convenience features offered—like loaner cars and staying open for extended hours—also factor in.

Using the price ranges is simple. If a shop quotes a price above the top of our range, you may be able to find a quality shop that will perform the work for a price within our range, but we recommend asking the shop why their price is higher, as there may be a good reason for it. Remember that there can be a trade-off between quality and value, and we recommend considering these factors along with the price. If you encounter a price that is below our range, we recommend asking about the quality of the parts they use. We suggest avoiding extremely cheap parts just to save a few bucks because they will need to be replaced more frequently.

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How Do I Know Which Shops Offer the RepairPal Price Guarantee?

RepairPal Certified shops and RepairPal Price Guarantee shops agree to honor the RepairPal Price Guarantee. These shops have the corresponding logos next to their name in the shop directory on RepairPal.com.

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What If I Am Quoted a Price Above the RepairPal Fair Price Estimator Price Range?

Let’s say you live in Las Vegas and you are having your radiator replaced at a shop that honors the RepairPrice Guarantee. If the RepairPal Price Estimate for this service ranges between $459 and $687 and they quote you a price above $687, the shop agrees to lower the price until it falls within the range.

One thing to keep in mind is that estimates generated by the RepairPal Estimator do not include taxes, disposal fees, diagnostic charges, or any additional repairs that may be necessary. Why is this? Because there is no way we can accurately predict every situation in every area.

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What if a Participating Shop Won't Honor the RepairPal Price Guarantee?

In the unlikelihood that a participating shop refuses to honor the RepairPal Price Estimate, we encourage you to contact us immediately. Let us know »

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How Long Is the Price Guaranteed?

The shop agrees to honor the RepairPal Price Guarantee for thirty (30) days after the date the repair is performed. If you happen to be charged a higher price, they will refund you the difference. You will have to submit a reimbursement request to the shop within thirty days of the repair.

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Are All Repairs Covered?

The RepairPal Price Guarantee only covers repairs that appear in the RepairPal Estimator, which are specific to your vehicle and the zip code in which you live.

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Why Don’t You Have My Exact Model in the RepairPal Fair Price Estimator?

For most repair information, the sub-model of the car does not affect the time and parts required to perform a particular repair. For example, a Volkswagen Golf and a Volkswagen GTI share most mechanical and electrical systems. Other examples of this are the Volvo V70 and V70R wagon, the Subaru Impreza and Impreza WRX, and the Mini Cooper and Cooper S. We’ve been very careful to ask you for the right information at the right time—our estimates are customized to your car's engine, transmission, and whether it’s 4WD or 2WD. When a repair is distinctive to a certain model, we will ask you for the information.

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Why Doesn't My Car Show Up in the RepairPal Fair Price Estimator?

In some cases, the needed data was not available to produce accurate estimates. In other cases, certain models are so rare and/or unique that we could not create accurate estimates. Please let us know if you don’t see your car on our list. The more feedback we get, the better we can judge which models are the most popular. Don’t be shy—we want to hear from you!

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General

Why Doesn’t Your Website Have Any Cars Older Than 1990?

RepairPal doesn't currently cover cars produced before 1990 because the number of pre-1990 vehicles on the road is diminishing and because we focus on the most popular models and years. Additionally, the availability of parts for older cars is fairly limited and price data is difficult to acquire. If we don’t have confidence in our ability to generate accurate estimates, we won’t publish them.

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I Own a Shop. Why Isn't It Listed in the Directory?

There are hundreds of thousands of individual shops listed in our directory and they are constantly being updated. But we need your help to continue to improve. If you don’t see your shop, or if any of the information about your shop is inaccurate or incomplete, please let us know » 

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What Does the RepairPal Q&A Cover?

We want to capture all of your questions and give experts and knowledgeable visitors an opportunity to help out. Sometimes our expert technicians are able to answer your questions. Other times, the amazing RepairPal community can answer them. This service is 100 percent free and easy to use, but we can't guarantee that you'll receive the answer you're looking for or that you'll receive it immediately. Go to Q&A »

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Who Are the RepairPal Experts That Answer Questions?

We have ASE Certified Master Technicians who have worked for dealerships and independent shops, and have won awards for their customer service and expertise. They have been Volvo and GM Master Technicians and one of them holds an Advanced California Smog Check License. Our lead parts expert owned his own body shop for 15 years and has purchased two NAPA Auto Parts stores. He has been building and showing muscle cars for 25 years and is also a California Licensed General Contractor.

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Why Don’t You Cover Canada?

Providing accurate RepairPal Price Estimates for drivers in the United States was a difficult project, and we focused solely on the U.S. out of necessity. The interest coming from Canada since our launch has been extraordinary and we will expand our service to cover Canada as soon as possible.

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What If I See a Shop Review That Is Inappropriate?

In addition to the verified customer reviews of RepairPal Certified shops gathered through direct interviews during our shop evaluations, we encourage our community of RepairPal users to post their own shop reviews on our site. We rely on the community to let us know when someone has posted a review to a shop listing in our directory that just doesn't seem right. In rare cases, we will remove reviews that don't mesh with the RepairPal spirit of transparency and helpfulness. Learn more in our Shop Rating and Reviews Terms of Service.

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