October 07, 2009
RepairPal's Schedule Maintenance Estimator is Live
Client RepairPal's schedule maintenance estimator is out, which gives consumers the ability to check prices on the single largest category of reasons to visit a repair shop or dealership.
It's the only online scheduled maintenance pricing estimator for top 40 car makes, including the additional services that are most frequently recommended by mechanics and manufacturers. By incorporating the additional services with pricing for parts and labor, RepairPal provides all the information consumers need to easily determine how much they should pay for a regular service.
Auto manufacturers provide several different maintenance schedules for every vehicle -- a basic "normal" schedule in the owner's manual, as well as additional details about "severe" services to address differences in climate, driving habits, and other adverse conditions. Because of this complexity, consumers can see a wide range of prices and offerings at local shops and dealerships.
Mechanics often recommend additional services that make standard estimates practically impossible to establish. These extra services are usually based on individual customer's driving habits, geography (weather conditions can affect which parts may wear out faster) and special uses (such as towing trailers), and can significantly affect the final price of a regular maintenance visit.
To try it out, go to Repairpal.com, then select one of the service intervals listed under "Scheduled Maintenance" in the top left corner of the service selection pop-up menu. RepairPal provides scheduled maintenance estimates for all of the more than 6,000 vehicles under coverage and includes maintenance intervals up to 150,000 miles.
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