Americans spend 36 billion dollars a year on repairs.
That's almost 350-dollars for every trip to the garage.
A San Francisco family found a way to save hundreds of dollars a year.
Paula Faris tells us how.
The Rejbrand family has put over a hundred thousand miles on their 2005 Honda CVR but don't want to put a lot of money in.
When they called around they were suspicious of their $1,000 or more they were quoted.
But our insider, Phil Reed, from edmunds.com, the consumer authority on the car industry, says car owners like the ray brands don't have to spin their wheels. To figure out the going rate for repairs before you call your mechanic.
Tip number one, use this free app called Repair Pal. Their SUV needs a big tune-up. We typed this list in and they tell us the average being charged for the same service to others in your community.
For example, some people in their area have paid as little as $233 for new brake pads. So we called local mechanics to compare prices and found some places charging more
And some whose price was just right.
"Did you have any idea that the prices were going to range this much?"
Repair pal also vets mechanics and recommend those who guarantee their work.
But it should be noted those mechanics pay to go through the approval process and if they pass get listed on their site.
And get this, tip number two, did you know you may not have to go to the auto shop for routine maintenance?
Keep your out for a new service called your mechanic sprouting up across the country. They find trusted independent mechanics who come to you.
"They don't have to have a garage and all the overhead that that requires."
"How much is he going to pay to go to the shop?"
"100 plus which means there is no wait."
Finally tip three, figure out what that blinking dashboard light may mean before you even call the mechanic.
With this new gadget called Car MD, Phil finds out there are four free recalls on their car.
"This is good to know because I had no idea."
The hassle, the frustration in the rearview mirror. Those repairs, $525 less than their last quote.
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