May 17, 2011

Saving on Car Repair

My last new car was a 1994 Saturn SL2 purchased at the end of 1993.  It's also the best car I ever owned and seldom needed repair of any kind, just routine maintenance like oil changes and such (which I admit I wasn't always good with).   I don't remember how many miles my Saturn had on it before it finally gave up the ghost, but it didn't die until 2006 after months of commuting over an hour each way to/from Minneapolis every day.

I wish I could find another, but so far I've had pretty good luck with my 2001 Pontiac Sunfire (knock on wood).  I did have to replace the muffler last year but beyond that and tires, it's been fairly economical to run.  With the mileage getting up there, I'm sure I'll be needing repairs again at some point. Always on the lookout for a good deal, I was happy to come across repairpal.com which helps you see if you're getting a fair deal when taking your car in for repairs.

Easy to use, just fill out your car's make and  model and what needs to be fixed and repairpal.com will tell you what's considered a normal estimate for that job.  Not only that, it will also find you a mechanic in your area that can do the job.

If you're in the market for a used car, you can check repairpal.com to see what problems are common to that vehicle, helping you avoid purchasing a potential lemon.   The best part?  All of this information is free!

I'm sold on the value of using repairpal.com and recommend it to anyone that owns or is looking for a vehicle.


7 comments:

Amy Brantley said...

Thanks for the info!

Jackie said...

Great info! I'll have to check that site out!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Word Nerd said...

We have a dull, but very reliable Honda Civic. It's no kid anymore, so I'll definitely be checking that site.

Amanda M. said...

Thanks for stopping by Confessions of a Marine Wife I'm now following you back. So you lived near Minneapolis? We were just stationed there last year.
Hope you had a great weekend

Jacob Rodman said...

Great tips! In my case, I can recommend for you to have a mechanic inspect a car before buying. Not only this will reduce the possibility of getting a lemon, it also saves time and money on costly repairs. Good luck on your used car shopping!

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