Millions of busy parents are getting on the road this month for back-to-school season.
can you do to make sure that your family's rides are as safe as
possible? How can you avoid ending up on the side of the road — instead
of the sidelines of your kids' soccer game?
Jill Trotta, a car
repair expert at RepairPal — a nationwide network of
certified, pre-screened repair shops on a mission to help you find a
fair price for quality work — has come up with “The RepairPal Guide to
>> 1. DO A ROAD TRIP CHECK-UP
unexpected breakdowns are usually much more costly than preventative
work, get your vehicle inspected by a shop you trust before you hit the
>> 2. DON'T GAMBLE
Because walking into
the first shop that you find on Google is like rolling the dice, do your
homework by searching for a shop with certified technicians.
>> 3. KNOW THE 'MAGIC NUMBER'
average repair prices before visiting the shop and note any prices much
higher or lower than the average (which may signal low quality parts or
>> 4. THINK AHEAD
poorly-executed repair could leave you coming back weeks later, always
choose a shop that offers an excellent warranty in case anything goes
>> 5. DON'T TRUST ALL REVIEWS
While review sites
like Yelp and Foursquare are great for finding a good burger, fake
reviews and unknowledgeable customers make these types of sites
unsuitable to select an auto shop.
As a free resource, RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops
nationwide, provides data on the average cost of each repair, and offers
trusted customer reviews — eliminating the need to shop around.