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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!

We've added or updated another 50 models at RepairPal! We are currently processing new data, so we will be adding 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!

This is no April Fools joke, we've added or updated over 50 models at RepairPal! There are now many of the Hybrids available too! If you didn't see the last group of new additions, check out the list here We are currently processing new data, so we will be adding 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!

Everyday we hear stories about how RepairPal is helping people around the country (and even some people in far corners of the world). In recent months the quantity of stories has increased a lot. Last week, our hometown NBC station helped share one of these stories. Check it out: Do you have a RepairPal story? Share it with us!

We've updated RepairPal!  Our goal is to be your one-stop website for comprehensive auto repair and service information. In our effort to provide accurate repair estimates and lists of common problems for as many cars and drivers as possible, we've just added 6 new models and updated 40+ existing models, including the Honda Accord, Civic, Toyota Camry, Ford F150, Mustang and the Chevrolet Cobalt and Chevrolet Malibu. We are currently processing new data, so we will be adding many more models in the coming weeks, including the Hybrid Versions of the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Highlander, Honda Accord and Civic and the Chevrolet Tahoe! If you don't see your vehicle here, don't hesitate to request that your vehicle be added!

Last night, RepairPal was honored to be a runner-up for the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Internet Emerging Technology Award.  For such a young company and product--we've only been up and running since June--it was a compliment to be considered among a roster of well-established, innovative firms crossing a bevy of technology categories. You can read the Business Journal's coverage of RepairPal here.

RepairPal is honored to have been nominated for Mashable's Open Web Awards. The RepairPal team would greatly appreciate your support by taking a moment to vote for us. Follow the above link and select "How-To" from the drop down, then select RepairPal and enter you email address. Once you have voted, click the link in your email to validate your vote. Thanks for your support!

We've been hard at work adding requested models!  We found the data, and now here they are! Buick Enclave, Buick Lucerne, Buick Roadmaster, Cadillac CTS-V, Cadillac DTS, Cadillac STS, Cadillac STS-V, Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Aveo5, Geo Metro, Chevrolet HHR, Chevy Cobalt, Chevy Cobalt SS, Chevy Equinox, Chevy Express Vans (1500,2500,3500), Chevrolet Colorado (2008), Chrysler Aspen, GMC Rally Wagon (1500,2500,3500), GMC Vandura (1500,2500,3500), GMC Savana Vans (1500,2500,3500), GMC Acadia, GMC Canyon (2008), Hummer H3, Hyundai Azera, Kia Rondo, Nissan Rogue, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Torrent, Saturn Aura, Saturn Outlook, Suzuki Reno, Volkswagen GTI, and Volkswagen Rabbit