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How can you get an auto repair estimate without visiting a mechanic?

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Web sites such as Cars.com and AutoMD.com give car owners an idea of what a fair price is in the owner's ZIP code for different types of service. To receive an estimate, the owner enters all of the vehicle's information, a ZIP code and the service needed.

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AutoMD.com provides actual quotes from service shops without the owner bringing the vehicle into the repair facility. The owner enters the make, model and year of a vehicle along with an address and email and then selects the specific service needed and clicks on Get An Instant Quote.

After reviewing the list of quotes, the car owner can book an appointment through AutoMD.com with the chosen service facility. The site guarantees satisfaction with the work of the participating service providers if owners book their appointments through the site. If owners are not satisfied with the completed work, AutoMD.com will advocate with the shop on behalf of them to correctly repair the vehicle or pay for the vehicle to be repaired elsewhere.

While the Car.com does not provide a list of specific quotes, it provides a list of service centers the site has certified. As a part of their profiles on Cars.com, service centers have a link to a price lists for common services such as an oil change or wheel alignment. The profiles also contain reviews and special offers.

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