August is Brake Safety Awareness Month
It’s important that women know about car repairs before handing the keys over to that new mechanic.
*AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit
Consider this: Millions of women take their car to the mechanic every month; But a recent study by RepairPal found that women were quoted for services 50% to 72% more than men for the exact same service in big cities like San Francisco, L.A., NYC.
What can you do to avoid getting overcharged for the preventative work your car really needs?
Jill Trotta – Automotive Group Director at RepairPal, a company that provides free price estimates and a nationwide network of certified repair shops — knows that a good mechanic is hard to find, so she’s used her expertise to pull together some advice.
5 Car Repair Tips
KNOW YOUR CAR REPAIR
- Make sure you read your owners manual and know your maintenance schedule; good shops will perform service based on it.
- Never be afraid to ask questions or to be shown the problem. A good shop will be happy to show and tell the problem.
CHEAP ISN’T ALWAYS GOOD
- Like visiting a doctor, in auto repair, cheap isn’t good and good isn’t cheap. Be prepared to pay a fair price for the repairs that are needed, but be careful not to overpay.
KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS
>> Treat the repair shop like a relationship. Be prepared to end the relationship if you see red flags or simply feel uncomfortable.
RepairPal was created to solve the costly problem of untrustworthy repair shops; RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide for superior training, quality tools, a minimum 12-month/12,000-mile warranty and guarantees fair pricing.
Using RepairPal’s online tools, mobile website and certified network before your trip eliminates the struggle to find a quality auto mechanic near you and the hassle of shopping around for estimates; it will give you average prices, help you find an excellent warranty that you can trust, present you with shops that have been thoroughly screened by master auto mechanics, and will show you **verified** customer reviews.
For more tips on how to drive smarter this summer and keep your family safe on the road, visit Repair Pal.
RepairPal also provides a centralized online location where your records can be maintained for the entire ownership cycle of your vehicle. Emails will remind you of an upcoming oil change or scheduled service (coming soon). It’s our pleasure to provide all of these features free of charge!