December 1, 2008
Calling All Car Owners!
My husband can build houses. He’s a brick mason but he can do just about any part of home construction. I consider myself fortunate that he’s so talented. He doesn’t, however, work on cars. Oh, sure, he can change the oil and do some minor repairs but he’d rather hire someone to do the big stuff. Working on vehicles frustrates him. He’s the kind of guy that isn’t interested in the latest turbocharger or new rims; he just wants to get in his truck or car and drive. Some guys are like that.
I’ve been around long enough and have owned enough cars to know that finding a reputable car repair person can be a daunting task. I don’t know why that is but I think it’s a pretty universal situation. Maybe it’s just that most of us don’t understand automotives or maybe we expect too much from our mechanics. Or maybe a good mechanic really is hard to find.
I have one son who has helped a lot with my car repairs and we have a very trustworthy regular mechanic, but for those still searching, there’s finally some help. Repair Pal claims to take the mystery out of auto repair and by the looks of the website I’d say they’re definitely on the right path.
Repair Pal is full of information for the car owner. There’s an Encyclopedia with answers to your questions about car parts and services. There’s a knowledge base of common problems and ratings of cars as well as an area to list your car with your own repair information. This information along with the ratings you give to mechanics in the Shop Directory help to make Repair Pal even more useful.
My favorite part of the site, though, is the RepairPrice Estimator. Just enter your car’s details, your city and state or zip code and the repair work you need done and the Repair Estimator will give you the price range you can expect to pay. Scroll down and you can see the price broken down into parts and labor. That service alone makes Repair Pal an invaluable site for car owners. Check it out and be sure to rate your favorite (and least favorite) mechanics.
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