I found a new tool that's helpful for those of us who don't know a lot about car repair. RepairPal.com lets you enter a few details about your car, the area you're in, and the repairs you need, then gives you an estimate for what that repair should cost from the dealership or an independent repair shop in your area. It will even recommend specific shops to try if you don't have a usual mechanic.
Maybe if we'd known about this before, we wouldn't have gone so long with broken windshield wipers during the rainiest summer we could remember! (That turned out to be a pretty cheap repair - if we'd known what it would cost, we'd have taken the car in much earlier than we did.)
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