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While the RepairPal blog is a great place to find out why our cars are the way they are and work they way they do, you may not always find what you are looking for here. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, you might want to check out the newly revamped RepairPal Encyclopedia.

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 and MSN Money, among other outlets. 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.

 alt=Recently, Audra Fordin was named the first “Female Service Shop Owner of the Year” by the Car Care Council Women’s Board. Fordin is the first female owner/operator of her family’s automotive repair business, Great Bear Auto Shop, in Flushing, NY, which has been in the same location since 1933.

When you go the repair shop or dealership, you want to be prepared and have everything you need. We know that feeling of not being ready, so we've created the RepairPal checklist to take with you. Never again do you have to go to the repair shop without the information you need right there in your hand.

A picture is worth a 1000 words, right? That could not be more true when it comes to auto repair. Everyone has heard of an alternator, but where is it exactly? How does coolant really flow through an engine? While we do our best to provide you with content that is clear and concise, sometimes words aren’t enough.

We are excited to announce a partnership with Clear Mechanic, an interactive, Web-based software platform that allows service centers to visually explain repairs to customers. Clear Mechanic created images and videos for repair shops so they can actually show customers what they are going to do and where in the vehicle the repair is taking place.

Repairpal announces the addition of new estimates to our RepairPrice Estimator. These new estimates are part of a group called "Diagnostic Services".

These new estimates provide you with a price for the diagnosis of many different common issues that occur. Along with the estimate we include a list of common symptoms related to the issue, best practices used by the shops and customers to identify and receive the best value for your money and some common issues to look out for to make sure you're not taken advantage of by unscrupulous repair shops.

RepairPal has just added another 274 vehicles to our already huge database, which means many of you with 2010 vehicles can receive your free repair estimates, open your own My Car account to start saving your service records online and a whole lot more...

We're currently processing new data, so we will be updating even more models in the coming weeks. If you don't see your vehicle here, don't hesitate to request that your vehicle be added! Just contact us at feedback@repairpal.com

Dan heads up emissions diagnosis and repair at SpeeDee Oil Lube & Tune Up in San Bruno, California.  Emissions-related and California Smog test repair is tricky and closely monitored by the State.  Each test on every vehicle is scrutinized by the state, and all shops licensed to test and repair for Smog are rated and ranked, particularly the Gold Shield-level shops.

Dan's shop ranked 13th out of the thousands of California repair establishments being analyzed for their diagnosis and repair work to lower tailpipe emissions.  This ranking is based on the overall accuracy of emissions diagnosis and repair and the quantifiable reduction in tailpipe emissions that these repairs actually achieved.

We hear a lot of stories and get a lot of questions from drivers all over the country who are looking to save money by performing a repair themselves on their car.  We've heard everything from changing oil, to brake work, to replacing an intake manifold or fixing a check engine light that's just turned on.

At RepairPal, we have spent a lot of time working with master technicians and with auto repair shop owners.  Getting to know the industry intimately is the best way that we can provide consumers with the information and advice that they need, when they need it.  One thing we learned immediately is that modern cars can be tough to fix, and even simple jobs can require specialized tools or special knowledge.  When it gets into emission control, which is what lights up that Check Engine Light or Service Engine Soon light, things can get extremely complicated, involving potentially dozens of computers and sensors.

Here at RepairPal we've heard from several users that we were missing their 2008-09 vehicles. Those of you with the RepairPal iPhone App were especially helpful in letting us know where we needed attention. We put our staff to work, poured over tons of data, checked all the new models to make sure the data was accurate, and have now finished!

For 2008 we updated or added 285 models, and almost 300 for 2009!