RepairPal Blog: General Interest

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

You reach into your pocket and grasp at unexpected emptiness. In a whirlwind of panic you retrace your steps, scavenge through the pockets of every piece of clothing your wore in the last 48 hours. Losing your car keys can be a distressing experience and, all too often, the keys can turn up when least expected.

Very few things are discussed as heatedly in the auto industry as manual vs. automatic transmissions are. It’s true, many auto enthusiasts swear by their standard transmissions and in many parts of the world, as much as 80% of cars that are produced still require people to learn to use a stick-shift. However, here in the United States, we’re edging in on about 97% of all new vehicles sporting automatic transmissions (AT).

Have you gone out to the garage and found an oil stain where your car normally sits? This isn't just a nuisance to clean up; it indicates an oil leak, which can cause your car’s parts to grind together and even freeze up. There are many factors that can cause your engine to leak oil, and it’s important to find a mechanic who can properly diagnose the issue. Here are a few reasons why cars leak oil.

Buying gasoline is something we all do every week or so. It's not something many people put a lot of thought into. There are three basic types: regular, mid-grade, and premium.

There are a few, simple ways you can reduce the “footprint” left by your vehicles. The first thing to remember is that your car causes waste even before you are ready to get rid of it. Oil changes, new tires, seat covers, car seats, et cetera, all leave behind many non-recyclable elements.

In 1989, the California Air Resources Board created the Partial Zero-emissions Vehicle (PZEV) category. This was at the time more stringent than the federal laws concerning emissions. Unlike regular cars and other vehicles using traditional combustible engines, there are four primary technological differences that make a PZEV.

Whether drivers are looking to save the environment, or maybe just save a buck on gas money, hybrid vehicles are becoming increasingly popular among modern-day motorists. However, just because you might be saving money at the pump doesn't mean you should ignore the other costs of ownership when it comes to hybrid cars.

Have you ever wished you could predict the true cost of owning a car before making the final investment? Or maybe you’re just curious if your spouse’s claim that the family station wagon is a money pit is valid? RepairPal’s newest tool gives consumers a way to compare vehicles based on a calculated “score” for the car in question.

Gas prices wax and wane, but it’s a major expense for anyone whose primary mode of transportation is a car. Whether you own your car outright, you’re paying for it in installments, or you’re leasing it, gas will be one of your most critical monthly expenses. It’s also a prime area of your monthly budget where you can make some changes and save some extra dough.

Consumer loyalty is dying in the highly saturated markets of 2016, but pickup truck drivers, the quintessential American motorists, remain loyal their selected brands. RepairPal’s extensive car repair index consists of repair data submitted by shops in our certified network. This index allows us to compare the average cost of ownership for one year amongst different truck makes. Take a look and see if loyalty to your brand is costing you.