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The Cheapest Gas We've Seen in a While: Here's How to Get It
The Street - Ellen Chang - December 23, 2013
Before you hit the road, make sure to take care of any engine problems—stalling, hard starting or rough idling, said Bret Bodas, vice president of the automotive group at RepairPal, provider of auto repair and maintenance information. "Cold weather only makes engine problems worse, so be prepared," he said. "It is also a good idea to replace dirty filters—e.g. PCV, air, fuel."
'Tis the Season for Fender Benders and Expensive Car Repairs
ABC News - December 9, 2013
Tips to save at the auto repair shop, when winter weather increases car accidents.
How to avoid getting ripped off using online tools
CNBC.com - November 26, 2013
The most useful estimator I found unmasks the mystery of the costs of auto repairs, offered by RepairPal.com. Not only does RepairPal offer ZIP-code level pricing—a water pump replacement should cost between $263 and $368 in north-suburban Seattle—it also offers additional necessary information, like this: Water pump repairs often require belt replacement, particularly if fluid leaked on the belts. Getting a repair cost estimate takes only a moment, and it can save you hundreds at a repair shop.
Marketing Auto Repair Shops Becomes Easier With Mobile Apps
Small Biz Trends - Drew Hendricks - November 15, 2013
As with many other things, car owners can now turn to their smartphones for the task of finding an auto mechanic who can take care of their auto repair needs. Services like RepairJungle and RepairPal allow customers to receive online estimates for auto repair services via a mobile version of their site so customers can process requests from anywhere. Apps like the RepairPal app for iOS and Android devices provides customer reviews and the ability to locate a shop nearby. The app breaks down estimates by parts and labor costs and even connects you with roadside assistance.
RepairPal Launches Certified Shop Program For AARP Members
Brake and Front End - November 14, 2013
RepairPal has announced a new program that will give the nearly 37 million members of AARP 10 percent off the price of automotive services and repairs at participating RepairPal Certified shops across the U.S.
Auto Repairs Made Easier
Boomer Places - Robert Fowler - November 14, 2013
RepairPal is a company that evaluates and certifies auto repair shops based on a number of criteria. I looked into their service which offers to put you in touch with reputable and dependable auto repairs shops in your neighborhood which meets their criteria. An auto repair shop must undergo a comprehensive technical assessment by RepairPal’s team of veteran ASE certified master technicians, must meet high customer service standards which they verify by interviewing customers of the auto shop. Additionally the shops must offer a 12 month / 12,000 mile warranty and guarantee to charge fair prices within the range of RepairPal’s price estimator.
Websites give free cost estimates for car repairs
Journal Sentinel - Gitte Laasby - November 14, 2013
Consumers who need a car repair but are worried about getting ripped off by a mechanic can get free guidance online. RepairPal gives free estimates of how much it will cost to get a specific problem with a specific vehicle fixed at a mechanic where you live. The calculator lets you pick a make, model and vehicle year and a zip code.
How to Figure Out What Your Car Repair Really Costs
Yahoo! Finance - Bob Sullivan - November 13, 2013
A website named RepairPal is hoping to tip the scales back toward consumers with a simple online tool and app called RepairPrice Estimator. Drivers enter their ZIP code and service required, and it returns a price range and additional notes about potential repair costs.
RepairPal Launches Certified Shop Program For AARP Members
After Market News - November 12, 2013
"AARP is constantly looking for ways to bring great value to its members," said Angela Jones, senior vice president of business development and lifestyle products and Services at AARP Services Inc. "The new relationship with RepairPal provides members with access to certified repair shops in their communities and promises to deliver great value while helping members save real money."
RepairPal Partners with AARP
Ratchet + Wrench - November 12, 2013
RepairPal announced a new partnership on Tuesday with the AARP, creating a program that will allow AARP members to receive discounts at RepairPal’s certified repair shops. With the agreement, RepairPal, which independently evaluates and certifies repair shops, will offer AARP members a 10 percent discount on all services and repairs at the more than 500 shops in its network.
Bits & Bytes: Adaptability could've saved Blockbuster as competitors thrived
Tulsa World - November 10, 2013
This one has been around for a while, but it's still the most useful way to get some research on your car problem before you take a mechanic at his word. Put in your situation, and RepairPal will give you an estimated cost and a list of mechanics around you. You also have access to roadside assistance organizations and a complete list of repairs through the life of your car so you no longer wonder whether you have to replace your air filters.
10 best car apps for smart phones
Yahoo! Autos - November 6, 2013
Auto mechanics don't have the best reputation for trustworthiness. Calling different mechanics around town for repair quotes can be a real pain. With Repair Pal, that legwork is done for you. Just select your car and the type of repair needed, and it'll spit out what you might expect to pay in your area. It's based on the repairpal.com Web site and functions the same.
Goss’ Garage: Repair Pal
Motor Week - Pat Goss - November 1, 2013
Pat Goss and guest Brett Bodas discuss a new web-based service to help car owners locate a reputable repair shop and accurately estimate repair bills.
25 Apps to Save You Money
Mashable - Rebecca Hiscott - November 1, 2013
RepairPal eliminates the guesswork of finding a good mechanic. Tell them your car's make and model, and it'll give you a repair estimate and recommend "Top Shops" in your area.
10 Questions to ask your mechanic before winter
She Knows - Christine Bryant - October 31, 2013
Have your mechanic check the tires on your vehicle for both air pressure and tire tread, says Bret Bodas, director of Automotive Professional Group at RepairPal and a veteran mechanic of more than 20 years. "Whether you live in a climate prone to rain or snow, you'll need tires that will provide adequate traction to keep you safe on the roads during tough winter weather," he says.
Top 8 IPhone Apps for Your Car
Top Cultured - Drew Hendricks - October 25, 2013
Finding a reliable mechanic can seem impossible, but if you need auto repair and don’t know where to turn, RepairPal is a great sidekick. It can determine what price is fair for various procedures based on your specific model, and enables users to track your repairs.
Top 10 Driving Apps
The Huffington Post - October 18, 2013
Rated four and a half stars by Apple users, RepairPal is the go-to app for auto emergency help. The app estimates accurate service fees and will direct you to the closest legitimate repair shop. It keeps track of your repairs and contacts roadside assistance if need be. It was also rated an New York Times App of the week.
5 Car Apps That Make Your Life So Much Easier
Life Hack - October 15, 2013
Available for both iOS and Android phones, RepairPal makes unexpected repairs much easier. Never worry about where to find an auto repair facility again, because this app will find the one nearest to your location based on your mobile’s GPS. This is important when traveling because one never knows when they are going to break down.
Apps For The Prepared Road Warrior
App Advice - October 3, 2013
RepairPal can help you at all points of your journey. The app can calculate, based on location and make and model, typical repair and service costs. This can help you get on the road safely. Once on the road, the app can help you contact emergency services and get help quickly. It can also find nearby repair shops for the unexpected repairs that occur on the road.
Top 5 Must Have Apps For Car Lovers
tecHTwick - Sakshi Sharma - October 2, 2013
Car break-down is one bad dream that nobody wants to live. The garage mechanics charge hefty amounts for repairing the damage, burning a hole into your pocket. But here is an app, RepairPal, that has come to your rescue. This car app tells you the exact and a fair price and one does not have to worry about paying huge garage bills.
6 Apps to Help Find Repair Services
Apartment Therapy - October 2, 2013
Not everyone is a trained mechanic, so when it comes to taking an automobile to a trained professional, I highly recommend RepairPal as a first step to getting back up and running. Whether it's for a roadside breakdown, or the investigation of a peculiar sound emanating from your engine, RepairPal can be used to send your car's model/make/year information, a repair query, and then in turn offers feedback about what the issue might be, alongside a repair estimage, and even helps locate the right local mechanic for the job.
Best Car Apps
Extended Vehicle Warranty - October, 2013
It is really frustrating to pay too much for a repair; but, if you don't know your prices, or if you break down on the side of the road in an unfamiliar area, you could find yourself paying much more than necessary. The RepairPal app will tell you the fair or average car-specific price for various repairs. It will even identify your location and give you the information for reputable repair shops in your current area and put you in touch with a roadside assistance service if necessary.
100+ Travel Apps and Resources for 2014
Move Hub - October, 2013
Repair Pal - Find trustworthy mechanics anywhere in the US.
Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs
Lifehacker - Alan Henry - September 19, 2013
If you're not into car forums, try RepairPal, a service we've mentioned before that does the legwork of finding a good mechanic for you. Give them your car's make and model and the type of repair you need done, and they'll do the rest.
Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs
Lifehacker India - Alan Henry - September 19, 2013
If you're not into car forums, try RepairPal, a service we've mentioned before that does the legwork of finding a good mechanic for you. Give them your car's make and model and the type of repair you need done, and they'll do the rest.
America's Car Show
Sirius Radio Channel 108 - Tom Torbjornsen - September 14, 2013
RepairPal is a site where you can go and get information regarding how much your repair should cost, what the labor figure should be, what the price of the parts should be, and what they are in process of doing right now is building a network of high quality automotive repair facilities across the country — something that I have wanted to do for a long time. I am glad to see them taking the reigns and running with this concept, because people really need to know where to go when they have an automotive repair.
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7 Ways To Save Money with Mobile Technology
Yahoo! Finance - Monica Ricci - September 10, 2013
Price comparison apps such as GasBuddy, Amazon Price Check, RepairPal and Redlaser let you research prices on gas, Amazon products, car repairs and general retail items from wherever you are. In just moments you’ll see if you should buy now or wait and shop elsewhere for the best price.
Need a Good Mechanic? Fill Up on Recommendations at RepairPal
Xconomy - Elise Craig - August 19, 2013
As the amount of time that drivers hold onto their cars increases, so does the need for repairs. Back in 1930, the average lifespan of a car was 6.75 years; today’s owners are keeping their vehicles for almost twice as long: an average of 11.4 years. And that extended relationship means that the importance of auto repair is increasing, says RepairPal CEO Art Shaw. “A lot of the focus of the industry is the purchase of the car, and that has moved online,” he says. “But service is incredibly fragmented and has so little transparency. We’re trying to change that.”
Is It Worth Keeping Your Old Car?
FatWallet - Melissa Schraiber - July 22, 2013
Tip: Use Repairpal’s Repair Estimator. It’s a quick, smart tool to use to estimate repairs, and segments it into labor and parts. There you can also find a Top Shop in your area, which I also found to be handy.
Reducing Car Repair Costs
News Channel 6 - July 16, 2013
Phil Reed, from edmunds.com, the consumer authority on the car industry, says car owners like the ray brands don't have to spin their wheels. To figure out the going rate for repairs before you call your mechanic. Tip number one, use this free app called RepairPal.
Taking a Bite Out of Costly Car Repairs
ABC News with Diane Sawyer - July 15, 2013
To figure out the going rate for repairs before you call your mechanic, tip number one, use this free app called RepairPal. Their suv needs a big tuneup. We typed this list in and they tell us the average being charged for the same service to others in your community.
App of the day keeps your car on the road, money in your wallet
Times Herald - June 27, 2013
Cruise Week continues with another automotive app of the day. Sorry to be a downer, but owning a car comes with responsibilities. Like dogs and kids, they don't take care of themselves, you know. Fortunately, there is an app for that. Actually, there are several, but the best is called RepairPal and it's free. It has won a big pile of awards and many reviewers say it is the best thing since chrome hubcaps.
All Things Appy: 5 Best iOS Car Apps
Tech News World - June 12, 2013
Here's a way to avoid being bamboozled by your auto mechanic. RepairPal lets you know the fair price for an auto repair. Just punch in the job and the app provides an estimate based on labor and parts. Use it to price compare with your auto shop, or let it help you find an auto shop to get the job done. The app suggests best practices when making the repair, and also common symptoms and what might need doing. This is an example of an app that could make your smartphone pay for itself.
Shop Certification on the Rise
Ratchet+Wrench - June 3, 2013
Few things strike as quickly and cost as much as auto repairs. The worst part is that it’s only when we have to take our car into the shop that we realize just how much we depend on the old clunker. Well, RepairPal won’t save you from having to get your car fixed, but it will help you locate the quickest, most inexpensive repair shops in your area. It also provides an estimate on how much you should be paying, just in case you need a second opinion.
The 10 best money saving apps on iOS
Technology Tell - Rick Delgado - June 1, 2013
...[Joe] Jacobs earned the Top Shop certification through RepairPal in September 2012, an organization that certifies repair shops for adherence to business standards such as work quality, equipment and tooling, and training. “Certifications help shops stand out from the rest of the group. If you’re able to differentiate yourself with a third-party certification, that lends much more credence to your story,” Jacobs says. “Customers walk through your doors with much more confidence if they’re able to find that you’ve been verified for things like warranty, price, quality and service.”
The Atlas is Dead - Long Live the Apps
MotorTorque - May 31, 2013
Repair Pal gives you information on all the nearest repair garages to your location, as well as price estimates on what repair you need done. By inputting your make and model vehicle, then your location and required repair service, the Repair Pal app gives you all the locations of appropriate garages near you - accompanied by price estimates for the necessary repair. The Repair Pal app even gives you a contact number for the garage and its distance from your location.
Money Quick Tips: Cutting auto repair costs
USA Today - Reginia Lewis - May 31, 2013
In this Money Quick Tip, we take an up-close and under-the-hood look at the true cost of owning and maintaining a vehicle and ways to curb repair costs. The website and app for Repairpal can help chart the projected costs of owning and repairing a vehicle. The site also rates repair shops.
Bret Bodas Director Automotive Professional Group
Motor News Weekly - Bob Long - May 19, 2013
How Apple and Google may revolutionize safety in cars
Torque News - Don Bain - May 10, 2013
Admittedly, third parties develop apps like this, but Apple enables it to educate drivers and presumably save lives via their products. Another such is RepairPal, an app that helps you identify repair costs, find nearby mechanics, rate their reliability and thus help you maintain a safer vehicle to drive. Whether it’s a needed battery or a sensor replacement the app provides an estimate based on both dealerships and private shops, a breakdown of parts and labor costs, and red flags you should be aware of on top of recommending and rating mechanics. Furthermore it can notify your roadside assistance or automaker's helpline if needed.
App-Armed and YouTube-Educated, Taking Care of My Baby
The New York Times - Joyce Wadler - May 9, 2013
There really should be an app for this stuff, I think. Poking around online a few days later, I find that there is: RepairPal. You put in your car’s make and year and your ZIP code and it spits back estimates and the names of local shops. My radiator and hose repairs are estimated from $277 to $367. A few minutes later, I’m on the phone with a mechanic in the Bronx who gives me an estimate of $300. And when a customer representative from my old repair shop calls later that morning and offers to meet whatever price the other shops are charging, I finally know something about the repairs involved and tell him goodbye.
Cars' 11 most expensive features
Newsday - Mike Hanley - May 9, 2013
A 2013 Toyota Camry side mirror with its blind-spot monitoring system, for instance, could cost $397 to replace, according to RepairPal. That doesn't take into account other high-tech elements like integrated turn signals or power-folding functionality that are appearing on more cars.
Try these apps for when you hit the road
The Boston Globe - May 5, 2013
After entering your car’s make, model, and other details, this app can give you estimates on what a car repair is likely to cost in your area. It can also help you find a repair shop and get real-world quotes on the work. If you log your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, it will give you service reminders. It even helps you locate emergency assistance if you break down on the road. It’s free for Android and iPhone.
John Paul AAA's Car Doctor talks with Bret Bodas of RepairPal.com
The Car Doctor - John Paul - May 4, 2013
RepairPal lets consumers find the typical cost of repairs as well as quality garages in their area. Bret Bodas talks with the Car Doctor about how it all works.
Top 10 Features with Hidden Costs
Cars.com - Kicking Tires - May, 2013
Take a close look at a newer car, especially one with a luxury badge, and you'll likely see a camera or two or a row of small round sensors. These have been added in the name of safety and convenience, but they're also highly susceptible to damage if they're located on or around the bumpers. According to RepairPal, expect to pay $860 or so to replace the backup camera of a 2013 Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.
Iowa shop receives 2013 ‘Facility of the Year’ award
Parts & People - Matthew Sevart - April 30, 2013
[Chumbley’s Auto Care], a NAPA AutoCare Center, was recently recognized as the 2013 ASA-Midwest “Facility of the Year” at the ASA-Midwest Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Overland Park, Kan., in March. One of the keys to success is that Chumbley’s, which is also a AAA Approved Auto Repair Top Shop, is service-ready for the vehicle makes and models that make up the bulk of his business.
RepairPal is Establishing a National Network of the Best Auto Repair Shops
7x7 Magazine - David Weir - April 25, 2013
Did you know that April is National Car Care Month? That means it’s the perfect time to look into SF-based RepairPal, which helps you locate the very best mechanic to help you maintain your car within a fair price range.
Your Money Matters: Saving on car repairs
Consumer Affairs - Daryl Nelson - April 14, 2013
And in terms of fair prices for parts and services, Rudloff says the Internet is a great place to compare prices, and fellow ASA member Diane Larson agrees. “RepairPal has a great tool on their website,” she says. “Enter your vehicle and repair needed. It will give you a range of where pricing should be for that job, and offer advice about the repair.”
App Wrap: "SaferCar," "RepairPal"
NY1 - Adam Balkin - April 8, 2013
If your car is in bad shape or you're in need of a mechanic ASAP check out "RepairPal". Based on your location it'll help find you an auto repair shop. You can then through the app get an estimate on the job you need plus offers up some questions you may want to ask when you get to the shop. You can also keep track of your car, see what maintenance has been done and be alerted to your next service appointments. There's also a one button touch to get you immediate road side assistance. "RepairPal" is a free for iPhones and Androids.
How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off at the Mechanic
Fox Business - Donna Fuscaldo - April 4, 2013
When it comes to getting their car repaired, many consumers feel they are getting ripped off, a new survey by auto website RepairPal shows. According to the survey, which polled more than 2,000 car owners, 66% of respondents indicated they think they’ve overpaid for repairs to their vehicle while 38% said they worry they can’t trust their mechanic.
Auto Repair Savings Tips
Farnoosh.TV - Donovan X. Ramsey - April 3, 2013
According to a study by RepairPal, three in four consumers have put off an auto repair for some reason and 11% admit to delaying maintenance, even when their cars’s check engine light comes on. Sound familiar? Well, it turns out that many consumers avoid auto shops because they don’t trust mechanics.
Your Money Matters: Saving on car repairs
WGN Chicago - April 1, 2013
In honor of April's National Car Care Month, Bret Bodas, Director of RepairPal's Automotive Professional Group, advises viewers on how to find a trusted mechanic.
App Wrap: “SaferCar” and “RepairPal”
Your News Now - Adam Balkin - March 30, 2013
If the car you own is in bad shape, sudden bad shape and you're in need of a mechanic ASAP, then check out RepairPal. Based on your location, it'll help find you an auto repair shop. You can then through the app get an estimate on the job you need. Plus, it offers up some questions you may want to ask when you get to the shop. You can also keep track of your car, see what maintenance has been done, and be alerted to your next service appointments.
Bay Area People on the Move
San Francisco Business Times - March 25, 2013
Kristen Stantion has been hired as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development by RepairPal, based in San Francisco.
Ask Farnoosh: Is premium worth it in high-performance cars?
Yahoo!Finance - Farnoosh Torabi - March 21, 2013
Not necessarily. The main difference with premium gas (besides the fact that it’s 30 cents per gallon pricier) is that the octane rating is higher, which means the engine is less prone to pre-ignition or engine pinging, according to Bret Bodas, director of data at RepairPal, a site that provides auto repair information.
How to Not Get Ripped Off by Your Mechanic
Gizmodo - Andrew Tarantola - March 16, 2013
If you've just moved to a new town and don't know anybody yet, check out Cartalk.com and RepairPal for free local referrals to quality shops. Avoid reviews from sites like Yelp, as they are written almost exclusively by disgruntled customers.
Russian Startup Autosprite launches English version of auto repair platform
BetaKit - March 4, 2013
[Autosprite] faces competition in the U.S. market from RepairPal, which connects car owners with reputable repair shops in their area, and YourMechanic, a “we come to you” car repair solution that brings mechanics to a car owner’s driveway or office to save them from going to a repair shop.
Are you a backseat driver?
myNationwide - March, 2013
“The driver may already be frustrated with traffic,” says car-care expert Bret Bodas, a director with RepairPal.com. “You need to be careful not to add to that frustration. Unsolicited advice and other backseat driving can turn ugly quickly, resulting in driver distractions and even accidents. Knowing how and when to provide feedback is often more important than the feedback itself.”
Try these apps for the road
Consumer Reports - March, 2013
After entering your car's make, model, and other details, this app can give you estimates on what a car repair is likely to cost in your area. It can also help you find a repair shop and get real-world quotes on the work. If you log your vehicle's maintenance schedule, it will give you service reminders. It even helps you locate emergency assistance if you break down on the road. It's free for Android and iPhone.
Copilots In Your Pocket
Outside Magazine - February, 2013
Punch in your vehicles year, make, model, and mileage and it predicts upcoming maintenance and — especially handy.
iPad Today, Episode 134
TWiT.TV - Leo Laporte & Sarah Lane - January 31, 2013
TWiT.tv's iPadtoday hosts Leo Laporte and Sarah Lane explore RepairPal's mobile application, finding a nearby shop with verified quality work that specializes in foreign imports, using the RepairPrice Estimator™ to determine a fair price for a clutch repair, and demonstrating how to request roadside assistance. The RepairPal segment begins around the web episode's 13 minute mark.
5 Premium Apps for Car Enthusiasts
Mashable - Daniel Watson - January 28, 2013
"With the help of RepairPal, you never have to worry about paying too much for a repair again. The RepairPal app tells you the fair price to pay for different repairs, for specific car models."
Finding car recalls just got easier
Consumer Reports - Liza Barth - December 10, 2012
In the past, Consumer Reports covered these alerts on our news blog. Now, with the help of a partnership with RepairPal, you can search for recalls right on the Consumer Reports website and in vehicle model pages.
Don't Get Taken for a Ride When it Comes to Car Repairs
DailyFinance.com - The Savings Experiment - Nadine Cheung - October 16, 2012
"A great place to start is on a site called RepairPal.com. This handy website not only helps you find the best mechanics in your area, but it also offers a list of common makes and models, as well as the problems you may experience with them."
'RepairPal' Gets Your Motor Running
PocketFullOfApps.com - Aaron Whitfield - September 13, 2012
"This free app for your favorite iDevices seeks to take the guesswork out of auto repairs for the average consumer."
Five handy smartphone apps for drivers
FoxNews.com - July 6, 2012
"Unexpected repairs to the family chariot can put an unexpected dent in your vacation budget. That's where the award-winning app RepairPal comes in handy."
Five Car Problems You Shouldn't Fix Yourself
The Car Connection - Bengt Halvorson - June 19, 2012
"'If you drive a '64 Chevy, then sure, you can save money and do nearly all the repairs yourself,' says Bodas. 'But on modern cars it's more like, maybe you save $50, or maybe you do $500 in damage.'"
The Top 10 Mobile Apps For The Hurricane Season
The Island Packet - Grant Martin - May 29, 2012
"If you should experience car trouble on your way out of the area, RepairPal tells you the right price to pay for your repair, finds the nearest recommended mechanic, tracks all your repairs and offers one-touch access to roadside assistance. Perfect for getting you and your family back on the road and out of harm's way."
RepairPal's New Rankings System Could Make Yelp's Mechanic Reviews Totally Pointless
Business Insider - Mandi Woodruff - May 1, 2012
"Now they've built a network of what they've deemed the nation's "Top Shops" – a ratings system designed by certified technicians to pinpoint the best shops in the country."
RepairPal now rates and reviews thousands of auto shops
CNET News - Rafe Needleman - May 1, 2012
"We're paying for our own repairs. And where are we going to take them for those repairs? A new RepairPal service helps you find the good shops."
Need A Car Mechanic? With RepairPal, A Higher Chance Of Satisfaction
The Car Connection - Bengt Halvorson - May 1, 2012
"Now for that second question—how to find a good, honest mechanic, if you can't find one through friends or co-workers—RepairPal is finally coming to the rescue for that, too. As of today, the site has a new Top Shop Network, which represents the upper echelon of repair shops."
Rich Brooks on money saving Apps
WCSH TV - Rich Brooks - March 27, 2012
"Find a shop, get an estimate of what things SHOULD cost and what questions you should ask, and load in your own car so you can see the required/recommended maintenance."
Don't Get Ripped Off on Repairs
Redbook - Melanie Abrahams - January 25, 2012
"No offense, repair guys, but we don't always trust your fuzzy math. So we asked three Ms. Fix-Its how a sister can avoid getting suckered. The #1 Car-Repair Rip-Off: engine work. Beat The Swindle: Tell your mechanic that you want to see any parts they remove and replace. "That way, they have to come clean about exactly what they did under your hood," says Bogi Lateiner, owner of 180 Degrees Automotive in Phoenix. And visit repairpal.com, where you can find the reasonable price range for many common fixes at shops in your city."
Website Allows Users To Visit Mechanic Armed With Knowledge
CBS Denver - Suzanne McCarroll - January 16, 2012
"Perhaps a fan belt is broken. Or worse yet, front brake pads and rotors need resurfacing. RepairPal.com allows users to put in the make model and year of a car, the repair needed and the user’s zip code. It then it tabulates what that repair should realistically cost."
Automotive App of the Week: RepairPal
Edmunds.com - Gretchen McFarlan - January 6, 2012
"Smartphone apps allow drivers to stay connected so that information and services are just a few taps away. RepairPal harnesses that connectivity so you can be confident you'll get reliable and fairly priced auto repair service anywhere in the U.S."
New technology keeps mechanics honest
WDIV - Detroit- Craig Clough - December 25, 2011
"You don't have much of a choice but to get the repairs, At the same time, you don't want to get ripped off. Now, with the help of a little 21st century technology, you can quickly and easily double check any mechanic's honesty. RepairPal.com launched in 2007 to "provide drivers with the most accurate, unbiased and useful car ownership information available," according to its website."
Auto Shop: Tips for finding a reliable mechanic
MSN Money, News Center - David Pitts - December 16, 2011
"Older cars are no longer under warranty so owners are paying for more repairs out of their own pockets, said Art Shaw, CEO of RepairPal Inc. in Emeryville, Calif., which offers repair estimates and shop recommendations. Maintenance costs are becoming much more important because they're a significant chunk of the average car owner's budget. It all adds up to underscore that finding a trustworthy mechanic should be a top priority."
Website Helps You Figure Car Repair Costs
ABC News - Daphne Munro - August 12, 2011
"RepairPal won't fix your car, but at least it gives you an idea of whether you are getting a fair price. You can also see what common problems other members are having with their similar model cars, so you can identify any problems with your vehicle."
Help Is Just an App Away
Los Angeles Times - Terry Gardner - June 26, 2011
"RepairPal uses GPS to locate repair shops, provide ballpark estimates and find roadside service. Shops with sponsored listings usually appear first. Free for iPhone and Android."
Site, Apps Give Auto Repair Estimates
FOX 9 News- Kelsey Soby - June 12, 2011
"Getting money-saving knowledge just got easier thanks to the website RepairPal.com, where users can find answers to commonly-asked questions based on their car's make and model and get price estimates, including how much the part should cost and how often it should be replaced."
Car repair estimates on the Web
Bankrate.com - Kristin Arnold - May 16, 2011
"Some individual websites, like RepairPal.com, will give you a range of estimated car-repair costs, factoring in the difference in the cost of original manufacturer parts and less expensive aftermarket parts. The estimate also reflects how much the repair would cost at a dealership versus an independent shop."
Cruise the Web for Car Repair Estimates
Bankrate.com- Russ Heaps - March 25, 2011
"Although consumers always have the opportunity to use the Yellow Pages and phones to obtain a "second opinion," it is time-consuming. A quicker way is to type "automotive repair estimates" into Google. This will bring up a list of websites that provide ballpark estimates for specific car repairs. RepairPal.com has been active since June 2008 and is accessed by about 22 million visitors annually."
5 Things Worth Haggling Over
MSN Money, Saving and Spending - Liz Weston - February 16, 2011
"Finding a mechanic you can trust is a key ingredient to keeping your car well-maintained and reliable. But that doesn't mean you have to pay whatever the mechanic wants to charge. Even if your car is dead on arrival, you can check RepairPal to see how much a repair should cost and pay to tow it to another mechanic if the quoted price is out of that range."
6 Apps That Save You Money On Your Car
Financial Edge by Investopedia.com - Porcshe Moran - February 16, 2011
"This highly rated app gives drivers peace of mind when dealing with auto repairs. Users can compare service estimates and shop and dealership ratings to find the best value. The Android, iPhone and mobile web app has received accolades from The New York Times and iTunes."
Switching to Verizon iPhone? 16 Money-Saving Apps
CBS Money Watch - Farnoosh Torabi - February 9, 2011
"Ultimately, it’s the iPhone’s growing library of applications that’s winning me over. Whether you need roadside assistance or a tune up, this app will find you the nearest help. If you’re thinking about a repair, it will also give you some pricing advice. Cost: Free"
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Ward's Auto - Steve Finlay - October 5, 2010
"Satisfied and savvy car buyers typically know vehicle pricing before going into a dealership and realize they got a good deal driving out in a newly purchased vehicle. Such pricing transparency, largely brought about by the Internet, is expanding to the service department."
Repair Your Old Car or Buy a New Car?
Bankrate.com - Tara Baukus Mello - October 2010
"How much does the repair cost? Get a couple of quotes on the cost of the job. You can call mechanics or dealers in your area and ask them to quote the job for you. They can do this without seeing the car as long as you know what repair is needed. Have them give you the estimate in writing or try an online quote service such as RepairPal to get estimates. While the cost of the parts is not likely to be much different -- if it is, ask why -- labor rates can vary from shop to shop and you can possibly save some money by choosing a different mechanic."
Great Freebies All Around You
CBS News Early Show - Rebecca Jarvis - September 8, 2010
"We always talk about arming yourself with information before spending mucho dinero. Well, RepairPal.com is exactly that kind of FREE service."
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Kiplinger - Erin Burt - September, 2010
"It won't fix your car free (darn), but RepairPal.com will help you find out whether your mechanic is quoting a fair price."
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AARP Bulletin - July 1, 2010
"Facing car repairs? First visit RepairPal.com to find out what the job should cost. The site gives free quotes based on surveys of thousands of shops."
Consumer Reports - June 29, 2010
"RepairPal helps you find a repair shop and get estimates. If you break down, it will locate a tow truck. After you enter your car's make, model, and other details, it will give a range of estimates in seconds."
CNN Money - Jen Haley - June 24, 2010
"Did you ever wonder if that $300 mechanic bill was way out of line? Check out RepairPal.com. This free website gives price ranges for common repairs, like brake shoe replacement or wheel alignment."
The Huffington Post - Nathaniel Cahners Hindman - June 23, 2010
"RepairPal gives users the right price to pay for a car repair, finds them a local mechanic, and gives them one-touch access to roadside assistance."
Ladies' Home Journal - Josh Garskof - May, 2010
"Ever wonder whether your car mechanic is charging you a fair price? This app gives you ballpark repair costs for any post-1990 vehicle."
U.S. News & World Report - Nadeem Muaddi - March, 2010
Examiner - Bruce Emmerling - March 28, 2010
"To help car owners in Baltimore and other areas, RepairPal gives out fairly accurate price ranges along with a breakdown of each repair estimate, including labor and parts."
VentureBeat - Anthony Ha - December 16, 2009
"When a car owner goes to the Emeryville, Calif. startup’s website, you can enter basic information like the manufacturer, model, and year of your car, as well as the repair needed, and the site will give you a price range showing how much you can expect to pay for parts and labor. (The estimate is customized to your location.) It sounds much easier than calling around to different shops to find out of an estimate is reasonable."
TechCrunch - Leena Rao - December 16, 2009
"The site, which we reviewed last year, is similar to a Google Health for cars. You get price estimates for different parts and repair jobs for your car. You enter your car year, model, and mileage, and it spits out price ranges for your zip code ... It’s like a one-stop shop to maintain and record the health of your car."
Automotive News - Leslie J. Allen - November 16, 2009
"RepairPal, http://repairpal.com, a Web site that provides free auto-repair estimates for consumers, has landed a deal with AOL Autos ... The deal greatly expands the potential audience for RepairPal’s services ... The company generates price-range estimates for about 100 repair and maintenance procedures. It built a forecasting model for labor costs after calling thousands of shops and dealerships, and it employs about a dozen certified auto technicians as consultants."
The Kim Komando Show - Kim Komando - November 9, 2009
"You probably know how much you should pay to get your oil changed. But, when it comes to repairs, things aren’t so easy. That’s where RepairPal can help. It will provide you with estimates for car maintenance and repairs. You’ll know if a mechanic is giving you a good price!"
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Ward's Dealer Business - November 1, 2009
"It offers complete pricing information for scheduled maintenance services for the top 40 makes of cars, including the additional services that mechanics and manufacturers most frequently recommend. It is designed to help consumers determine how much they should pay for a regular automotive service, including parts and labor ... mechanics often recommend additional services that make standard estimates hard to establish."
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Real Simple Magazine - November Issue, 2009
"Your mechanic declares that you need to replace your catalytic converter. ("My what?") How can you tell if he's naming a fair price? Well, you could spend a morning getting other quotes by phone, or you could enter your car's vital stats (make, model, age), your ZIP code, and the type of maintenance (choose from more than 100 fixes) into this free Web tool. It instantly gives you a price range for the job at dealerships and independent auto shops in your area and lists specific places to try. Plus, the site's encyclopedia can help you decipher terms like catalytic converter."
How Much Should My Repair Cost?
The Car Connection - Bengt Halvorson - October 23, 2009
"For great advice on what a repair should cost for your car, in your area, we've found the site RepairPal.com a very useful starting point—and the best of several major ownership/maintenance sites ... RepairPal also has an excellent iPhone application ..."
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Family Car Guide - Robert Dillman - October 20, 2009
"If you find yourself in search of constant maintenance or road-side assistance, then the RepairPal App must be added to your iPhone. This program was designed to provide tune-up tips and locate repair shops ... It is a must-have App for all car enthusiasts. By using an online database, RepairPal gets accurate information according to your vehicles make and model."
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TIME, It's Your Money Blog - Brad Tuttle - October 15, 2009
"When your car breaks down, how can you tell if a mechanic's estimate to fix the problem is actually a fair price? RepairPal gives rough estimates on how much a repair should cost, and also helps you find local mechanics and get roadside assistance—even if there's no wireless connection available."
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MSN Money, Smart Spending Blog - Teresa Mears - August 17, 2009
"Even if you're lucky enough to find a neighborhood mechanic you trust, it never hurts to double-check the price quote. And, if you want to work non-urgent repairs into your budget, you can research the cost ahead of time."
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New York Times - Roy Furchgott - August 11, 2009
"You can look up problems most common to your car, see recalls, and ask questions of fellow owners."
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CNET - Wayne Cunningham - July 23, 2009
"RepairPal is useful when you've got a breakdown, giving good advance knowledge of what to expect from the repair bill."
Ward's Dealer Business - June 1, 2009
"Smart dealers are going to see the site as another tool to provide enhanced customer service and differentiate themselves from their competitors. The website has been operational less than a year and already AutoNation Inc. is using it to drive customers to its service departments."
Save a Buck: Mechanics a Click Away
AARP Bulletin - Sid Kirchheimer - April 1, 2009
"With auto mechanics consistently ranking high on the consumer complaint list, it can be hard to gauge if you’re being taken for a ride when you ask for a repair quote. Now there’s help—www.repairpal.com. The site offers free, realistic quotes based on surveys of auto repair prices at thousands of shops across the country and analyses of actual invoices."
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CNET - Rick Broida - March 10, 2009
"A must-have for car owners, RepairPal helps you price-compare repair estimates, find and contact local mechanics, get roadside assistance, and more."
New York Times - John R. Quain - March 6, 2009
"Tap in the make and model of your vehicle along with what ails it (for instance, worn brake pads and rotors) and RepairPal spits out estimated parts and labor costs ($417 to $516 in New York City). It does not include diagnostic fees and taxes, but it does offer a list of nearby repair shops with customer ratings, should you want to comparison shop."
New York Times Gadgetblog - Roy Furchgott - February 2, 2009
"RepairPal melds several repair databases to tell you how much you should pay for parts and labor on common repairs ... The result is you know the expected cost to install a new battery in your car, wherever you happen to be."
LifeHacker - Kevin Purdy - January 31, 2008
"Dentist, plumber, and mechanic—everybody needs one of each they can trust (though accountant wouldn't hurt, too). On the car front ... use a comparison site like the previously mentioned RepairPal to see how close to the mark your estimates are."
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iSource - Patrick Jordan - January 23, 2009
"RepairPal is easily the best and most useful iPhone app I’ve seen in a long while. It serves as a very valuable resource in an area that’s useful to the vast majority of us, and does so extremely well."
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MobileCrunch - Lane Stroud - January 23, 2009
"... if and when you find yourself in a situation where its services would be useful, it does its job incredibly well, and since it’s free, why not go ahead and try it out?"
AAIA SmartBrief - January 22, 2009
"RepairPal has introduced the first iPhone application that offers consumers auto-repair pricing and roadside assistance."
Aftermarket News - January 22, 2009
"Whether it’s diagnosing a problem, getting a fair repair price, or finding the right technician, RepairPal gives drivers the information they need to save money and eliminate hassles ..."
The iPhone Blog - Rene Ritchie - January 22, 2009
"RepairPal, from the website of the same name, leverages the power and convenience of the iPhone to provide highly targeted — and at times vitally important — information when and where you need it."
geek.com - Brian Osborne - January 22, 2009
"It’s yet one more thing you can have handy on your iPhone in case of an emergency. It’s also a nice application to show a mechanic if they do try to charge you too much for a repair."
GTD Times - Oliver Starr - January 21, 2009
"How likely are you to have your computer with you when your car stops purring and starts huffing and puffing? Murphy’s Law would suggest that it’s not likely at all. This is a bummer, however iPhone owners can now be a little bit less bummed because RepairPal has just launched a new application for the iPhone that does everything the website does. The iPhone application is also free so, Murphy-be-damned if you’re going to have an automotive meltdown at least you don’t have to have a personal one courtesy of an unscrupulous mechanic too."
IntoMobile - Will Park - January 19, 2009
"From finding a capable auto shop for your specific car to comparing estimates from multiple shops, RepairPal for iPhone makes it easy to get your car back on the road in a jiff."
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
"When your car’s in the shop and your mechanic calls to report an unexpected problem, you’ll probably have a nagging suspicion — even as you tell him to go ahead with the repairs — that you’re being gouged. Suspect no more. Type in a few details at RepairPal.com, and within seconds you’ll know for certain whether you’re getting a fair deal or need to shop for a new mechanic."
The Miami Herald - Jack G. Hardy - November 10, 2008
"If you've got a price estimate for a specific job, compare it to their repair price estimate. You'll make sure you're getting a fair deal. You'll also learn what to expect and what to look out for when you have the service or repair performed. The best part is that it's free! And easy to understand."
The Street - November 7, 2008
"If you don't know the difference between a spark plug and a piston, let alone how much it costs to clean or fix them, this is a good resource. When you type in your zip code, you can find out approximately how much it will cost to fix it and where to go to get it done."
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LAPTOP Magazine - Scott Stein - November 2008
"Adding a little Web 2.0 to your automotive life, RepairPal calculates estimates on repair costs for ... both OEM and aftermarket suppliers."
National Public Radio, Day to Day - Tim Bomba - October 22, 2008
"Go to RepairPal. Put in your car's make, model, etc. Your zip code and the type of service needed. RepairPal will give you an estimate."
Switched - Dan Reilly - October 16, 2008
"Visiting a mechanic is a gamble ... Luckily, there's RepairPal.com, which approximates how much fixing your car should cost and recommends where to go."
GeekSugar - October 12, 2008
"Saving cash seems to be the name of the game right now, so to help you penny-pinch a bit more, I've put together some of my financial-favorite websites ... Find Affordable Car Repair Shops in Your Area With RepairPal."
Automotive News - Donna Harris - September 3, 2008
"RepairPal.com offers online repair estimates and provides a list of repair shops within their ZIP codes. Consumers can rate the shops they visit. "
The Huffington Post - Dave Burdick - August 20, 2008
"If you do drive a car, the best thing you can do is keep it running as cleanly and efficiently as possible. It's not cheap, but it must be done. So how do you avoid getting fleeced by a mechanic when you don't know what something should cost? Plug in your ZIP code and car info. The site will give you a range of acceptable prices."
Sun Sentinel - Daniel Vasquez - August 18, 2008
"I recently discovered a site called RepairPal.com, which provides price ranges for labor and parts for mechanic work ... You can use this information to be sure you're not paying too much and to negotiate price with your mechanic."
PC Magazine - Kyle Monson and Eric Griffith - August 11, 2008
"Until recently, God and your mechanic were the only ones who knew how much it actually costs to replace the fuel injector on a '95 Toyota Previa. Thanks to RepairPal, that kind of info is now open to everyone."
Newsweek - August 10, 2008
"Now you can visit the shop with enough ammo to talk your way out of any scam."
Daily Candy - August 1, 2008
"Thanks to RepairPal.com, you’ll never be had again. The free user-friendly site takes the guesswork out of finding local repair shops and trustworthy dealers who can get your motor runnin’."
Bloomberg Radio, Bootcamp - Fred Fishkin - July 21, 2008
"How much should it cost for that car repair? The Web can help ... If you don't have something like RepairPal, you can spend a lot of time calling a number of different shops and trying to get price quotes."
The Washington Post - Warren Brown - July 18, 2008
"Check out www.repairpal.com for an authoritative rundown on how the used car or truck you are thinking about has held up in the real world."
The Kim Komando Show - Kim Komando - July 12, 2008
"If your car isn't running properly, you're wasting money; you'll probably spend more cash at the pump ... so, it pays to keep your car well tuned. RepairPal will help."
FOXBusiness - Donna Fuscaldo - July 11, 2008
"[RepairPal] made me feel liberated," said customer Ebony Hawkins ... "I had the knowledge to go and say an air conditioning service costs this much."
Forbes Auto - John Adams - July 9, 2008
“Online resources such as the new website RepairPal.com can help in assessing maintenance and service costs and in finding reputable shops with competitive rates.”
TechNewsWorld - Rob Enderle - July 7, 2008
"Because people are pinching pennies, hard times are likely to make some folks less than honest, and RepairPal protects against that. It is my product of the week."
BusinessWeek - Stephen H. Wildstrom - July 2, 2008
"RepairPal, with its clean and simple design, ... allow[s] car owners to specify almost any kind of repair job and receive prices ranges specific to their area."
WGN-TV Chicago - Kurt Knutsson - July 2, 2008
"Getting armed with a breakdown from the site's mechanics first pays off!"
Tom Dziubek - June 25, 2008
MarketWatch - Therese Poletti - June 24, 2008
"The site is a good example of how much more transparency is needed in the auto repair business, which at times seems to rely more on customer ignorance than customer service. I hope RepairPal helps lead the way."
MotherProof - Courtney Messenbaugh - June 24, 2008
"I, for one, am a gal who’s glad to have this Pal on the scene."
Thrillist - June 23, 2008
"History's full of situations where you're almost certainly being ripped off—like buying an exorbitant Church indulgence to absolve you of coveting everybody's wife. Protect against the modern era's biggest rip, with RepairPal."
The Washington Times - Mark Kellner - June 16, 2008
"I can't say enough good things about [RepairPal] ... If you drive a car, you absolutely need to investigate the site and learn from it. Ignore RepairPal.com at your own risk."
The Christian Science Monitor - Chris Gaylord - June 13, 2008
"You can tell RepairPal what the auto shop says is wrong with your car, and it will give you a price estimate for the repair. If the numbers don’t match up, it may be time to find a new mechanic."
Hartford Courant - George Gombossy - June 13, 2008
"For the millions of us who know little more about our cars than where to pump the gas, a new Internet site launched Thursday could help level the playing field between us and the less-than-honorable mechanics and garages ... [RepairPal] has the potential to bring transparency to the $150 billion-a-year car repair business that will benefit not only the consumer, but also the honest mechanic."
TechCrunch - Erick Schonfeld - June 12, 2008
"Going to the mechanic is like going to the doctor. When something needs to be fixed, for most people there is no easy way to tell if they are being charged the going rate or are being ripped off. Enter RepairPal ..."
LifeHacker - Adam Pash - June 12, 2008
"Web site RepairPal provides independent repair estimates to help you decide if your mechanic is ripping you off. Just take your mechanic's quote and compare it to RepairPal's encyclopedia of repair estimates by specific make and model—RepairPal will even factor in your location and provide you with a breakdown of parts and labor estimates."
CNET Webware.com - Rafe Needleman - June 12, 2008
"There's a very cool service launching this morning: RepairPal, a utility for when you need work done on your car. As CEO David Sturtz explains, car repair is one of the classic cases where the consumer "is at an extreme informational disadvantage." Mechanics know more than you do, and this disparity can be used in the worst way: to completely rip you off. Even in the best cases, many people suspect their shop is cheating them out of money whenever their ride needs unexpected work."
Wired’s Autopia Blog - Chuck Squatriglia - June 12, 2008
"RepairPal.com used reams of auto industry data and insights from more than two dozen mechanics to create a database it says covers more than 20 billion estimates to repair just about anything that could happen to just about anything on the road. Think of it as the Kelley Blue Book of auto repair."
The Kelsey Group - June 12, 2009
"[RepairPal] takes everything into consideration, including not just make, model, mileage, etc., but also the city you live in, labor cost,s and the myriad factors that will help determine what you should pay for a given job. This all comes from a secret sauce of pricing surveys, expert input, labor data, geography, and other factors that are plugged into a proprietary algorithm."
PC Magazine's Technoride - Jamie Lendino - June 12, 2008
"[RepairPal’s] goal is to give consumers unbiased, formerly hard-to-get information about specific repairs so that they can pay the right prices, get only the correct repairs done, and save money while making their cars last as long as possible."
VentureBeat.com - Chris Morrison - June 12, 2008
"The key is bringing to light the trade information, kept by only a handful of companies, that mechanics have worked with for years … That information covers costs for the multitude of parts on the market and the time required to do a repair. On top of that, the sites have to estimate costs based on geographic area—a shop in Savannah should probably be cheaper than San Francisco."
Mashable.com - Kristen Nicole - June 12, 2008
"The main goal of RepairPal is to provide a tool for keeping track of your own car’s maintenance, finding the best deal, and arming yourself with information about your car so that you’re not left in the dark when you’re faced with a repairman who’s offering quotes and suggestions for additional repairs."
GeekSugar - Heather Dale - June 12, 2008
"We've all been there. Your car starts making a funny sound so you take it into the repair shop where they charge you $1000 to fix a part that you've never even heard of. Thanks to a great new site called RepairPal, women (and men) can arm themselves with all the tools they need for getting their car fixed—like knowing what's wrong with it and how much parts should cost."
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