Licensed dealers offer free repairs when manufacturers observe and announce problems with specific makes and models of vehicles. Service bulletins inform consumers of free services and provide the names and locations of the participating dealers and automotive repair companies.
Manufacturers and dealerships might not make free automotive repairs public knowledge if the problem with the vehicle isn't a safety issue. Motorists can use SaferCar.gov to enter details about the makes and models of their vehicles and receive information about service bulletins and upcoming recalls.
Nonprofit organizations, churches and other ministries sometimes offer free minor auto repairs for low-income individuals and families.