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Women Pay More For Car Repair When They Look Less Confident
Women Pay More For Car Repair When They Look Less Confident

Very few people walk into repair shops knowing exactly what's wrong with their vehicles. Some folks have hunches, though, and that can make all the difference when it comes to the price they're quoted -- especially if those folks are women. That's the finding of a study conducted by the Kellogg...Read More»

State-by-state ranking of car repair costs for 2012, from CarMD
New Jersey, D.C., California Drivers Pay Big Bucks For Car Repair (Infographic)

No driver likes to see the "check engine" light pop on. Sometimes, it illuminates for a minor reason, like a loose gas cap. Other times, the problem is much more serious. Unless you have a diagnostic machine at your beck and call (or a tricked-out smartphone in your pocket), you won't know what's...Read More»

2013 CarMD Vehicle Health Index
Car Repair Costs Jump 10%, But There's Good News, Too

Trips to the mechanic are rarely cheap, but does it seem like those visits have become even pricier than usual? You're not imagining things. According to a new survey, repair costs returned to pre-recession levels last year -- though the news isn't all bad. The survey in question is CarMD's 2013...Read More»

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Chrysler Aims To Improve Service Experience With High-Tech Tools

The way that Americans shop for goods and services has seen a lot of changes over the past two decades. Many companies have kept pace with the times, but auto dealers? Some, yes, others, not so much. Thankfully, a few in the industry are shaking things up. Tesla and Audi are tinkering with the...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
House Debates Drastic Changes To Auto Patents: Good Or Bad?

When we think of patents, we often think of things like drugs and cell phones -- things perfected in high tech labs over many, many years. But patents and patent law affect nearly every part of our daily lives, from the design of our alarm clocks to the shape of our toothbrushes to the designer DNA...Read More»

AutoMD study says owners plan to drive cars for 10+ years
Study: The Days Of Buying New Cars Every Four Years Are Over

Not so long ago, it was fairly common to purchase a new vehicle every three or four years. Whether that purchase was spurred by fears of an aging vehicle's reliability or a desire for a sparkly new status symbol in the driveway, folks began getting antsy once their odometers crossed the 50,000-mile...Read More»

Car repair
Five Car Problems You Shouldn't Fix Yourself

Do you have trouble assembling IKEA furniture? Or do you sometimes take things apart and then realize you have no idea how to get them back together? If these questions ring true, they’re signs that you should probably leave your car repair to a qualified pro, advises Brett Bodas, an ASE...Read More»

Car repair
Need A Car Mechanic? With RepairPal, A Higher Chance Of Satisfaction

If your family is typical, it's quite likely that you have at least one vehicle in the garage or driveway that's well over a decade old. In recent years—due probably as much to better durability and reliability as to the economy—the average U.S. vehicle age has risen rapidly, from 8.9...Read More»

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High Price, Poor Work Biggest Car Repair Complaints: Survey

There’s nothing worse than having to get a car repair done, and then it costs too much and/or isn’t done properly. Not surprisingly, these are the top two complaints of respondents in a new survey from Consumer Reports. Wait, there’s more. Of the 13 reasons given for being less...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry SE
Total Recall: Automakers Issue Fewer Safety Fixes In 2011

No matter what brand of vehicle you have, chances are it is—or will be—affected by some sort of recall. Recalls, while a necessity for safety, mean lost time and money for both the automaker and the customer. And the good news is that there were fewer this past year. According to a...Read More»

DIY repair infographic from AutoMD
Infographic: How Much Cash Can DIY Auto Repairs Really Save?

The internet has been a boon for folks who like doing things for themselves. Need to install some tile? Transplant a tree? Fix a leaky gutter? Run a quick search on Google -- or better yet, skim the offerings on YouTube -- and you'll find that most of those projects are well within your reach. But...Read More»

Car repair
Three Of Every Ten Recalled Cars Not Fixed Within 18 Months

As a consumer, you may think that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does a good job of making sure defective cars get recalled and repaired. Not so, says the Government Accountability Office, who recently revealed that only 70 percent of recalled cars and trucks were...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
CR: Mini, Hyundai Dealerships Offer Best Repair Cost

If you have a Mini or an Acura, you're nearly as likely to find satisfaction with repairs at the dealership as if you were to go to an independent shop. But if you own a Kia, Chrysler, Jeep, or Volkswagen vehicle, you're considerably more likely to find satisfaction with an independent. For...Read More»

Car repair
AAA Votes Yes On Right To Repair Legislation

If you have a nearly new vehicle or one with specialized technical demands or cutting-edge features, is it fair to assume that only the dealership can repair it, or should an independent mechanic be able to get the tools and know-how, too? The American Automobile Association (AAA) has come out in...Read More»

Car repair
Check Engine Light On? Keep Driving, And It Could Cost Much More

Some people, who are otherwise paragons of fiscal responsibility, can live in a state of denial about one thing in particular: that bright orange check-engine dashboard light that's been illuminated—for weeks, or months. Yes, the vehicle might still drive pretty much the same, and there might...Read More»

2012 Ferrari FF
Travel Europe, Drive Supercars And Get Paid To Do It

Writing about cars gives us access to the highest-horsepower, biggest-pricetag machines in the world, but now there's a chance for civilians to do the same, in Europe, at least. A company in the U.K., called RepairACar, is looking to hire one lucky individual to transport exotic cars around the...Read More»

Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_nose
Tip: As Snow Melts And Potholes Emerge, Look Out For Vehicle Damage

This has been a particularly harsh winter—not just for people, but for vehicles. Even if you and your vehicle made it through the black ice, snow squalls, and white-outs mostly unscathed, don't forget to schedule a vehicle checkup with your mechanic—especially if your car has been...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
112th Congress Goes To Washington, Lobbyists Follow. Will The Right To Repair Act Finally Pass?

If you read the news yesterday, you probably saw a recap of the day on Capitol Hill, with lots of attention given to the freshman Representatives. But journalists aren't the only ones keeping an eye on the 112th Congress; lobbyists and advocacy groups are watching, too, hoping that this will be...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Frugal Shopper: No, Hybrids Don't Cost More To Repair And Maintain

Hybrids like the 2011 Toyota Prius cost more to repair and maintain, right? It would seem, given all the additional technical complexity and computational wizardry in hybrids, that they would. And it's a myth that's certainly made the rounds among backyard mechanics. But it hasn't proven true. With...Read More»

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