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Find a reputable mechanic who you can trust and who will get to know your car. Ask friends & family for referrals, and call several mechanics to get quotes on routine maintenance and repairs - rates can vary by hundreds of dollars. Keep in mind that dealerships will generally charge more than independent mechanics, but sometimes they are the best options for specialty brands since they can get replacement parts directly from the manufacturers. While it is unfortunate, often it is also more difficult for women to get fair and honest quotes from mechanics. So when shopping, look specifically for auto shops that seem to treat male and female customers with the same respect or, if necessary, bring a male friend along for service calls. It could, unfortunately, make a difference and save money on repairs. Check the Repairpal.com tool for estimating car repair cost based on model, type of repair, and where you live.