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Schedule an appointment with a nearby car repair shop

Schedule an appointment with a nearby car repair shop
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There's nothing quite as frustrating as finding a mechanic to work on your car, especially if you're far from home. Is the mechanic any good? Does he know how to repair the problem with your car?

You can try your luck by driving around, getting quotes. That can take all day. Or, you can call up some friends or locals, to ask for recommendations. That can take a long time, too.

Half the time, you end up being overcharged and your car still doesn't work right. The app Openbay for iOS and Android makes your life a lot easier, when it comes to your car's maintenance and repairs.

Just input your location, and Openbay will walk you through the process. You input either a specific problem with the car or, if you're not sure, you can describe the problem.

You'll start getting quotes from nearby mechanics to fix the problem. Those quotes are displayed on a map, so you know where to find the lowest price and where to find the nearest shop.

Plus, you can read customers' reviews of the mechanic and the shop. Then, use Openbay to book your appointment and, when they're finished, to pay for it.

Note: Openbay is available only in major metropolitan areas.

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