Review: RepairPal – Best Damn iPhone App I’ve Seen in Quite a While

RepairPal is easily the best and most useful iPhone app I’ve seen in a long while. It serves as a very valuable resource in an area that’s useful to the vast majority of us, and does so extremely well. It is linked to the RepairPal web site and service, which offers to ‘take the mystery out of auto repair’, and to ‘help consumers save money by providing the most accurate and complete information on auto repair and maintenance available’.

The three things it helps with are:

  • Getting a repair price estimate
  • Finding a mechanic near you
  • Roadside assistance

Hit the jump for lots more screencaps and thoughts on why this app is so good …

Here’s some of the things I like so much about RepairPal:

The interface is simple, easy, and fast! to use. Want to get a quick repair estimate – just tell it your car’s make and model (choose from solid pick lists to do this), the type of repair or maintenance needed, and your location (by City or zip code) …

Tap the big orange ‘Get Estimate’ button and it’ll come right back with the estimate – which will include an estimated range (from independent shop to dealership), and a breakdown of parts and labor costs …

It will even offer some general advice / background if you’ve chosen more of a maintenance type repair to be estimated …

Once you’ve got your estimate, you can find a list of local shops to help you get your repair done. Once again, the app is slick and efficient, saving you typing by auto-populating the Location field with what you gave it on the estimate screen, and adding your make of car into the Keywords field. Of course, you can add to or change these entries if needed …

And you’ll get back a listing of local shops – which will give you ‘miles away’ info for each site, show their address, and a star rating (presumably taken from their main site, not sure) …

You can then take a closer look at any of the shops that look of interest. The screens for individual shops give you one-tap calling as well as Map and Directions at one tap (both take you to the Maps app for this) …

In any place that RepairPal asks for your location, it offers a handy ‘Locate Me’ button to grab your current location as in the Google Maps app.

If you need Roadside Assistance, just go to that tab, scroll to find your car manufacturer, and tap their name – and you’ll immediately get the prompt to confirm your call. Fast and easy, which is a good thing if you’re needing assistance.

As I’ve mentioned, the app’s UI is clean and super easy to use – offering you four nav tabs at the bottom of all screens – to navigate between its sections: ‘Get an Estimate’, ‘Find a Shop’, ‘Assistance’, and ‘About Us’.

So far there is nothing I don’t like about this program. I’ll be getting it on my wife’s iPhone pronto. RepairPal is a pleasure to use and just an all-round very well-executed iPhone app.

You can find RepairPal in the App Store now – and it’s a free app.

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