Car repair shops work on everything from mufflers to brake line repairs, and engine repairs. Usually you have your car looked at and then they give you an auto repair estimate which tells you what needs to be fixed and how much it will cost. Car repair costs can get expensive, especially depending on the type of repair needed. You want to make sure you have a car repair shop that you feel comfortable with and feel will not try to take advantage of you.
The United States car repair shop industry makes approximately $60 billion of revenue yearly. The U.S. car repair shop industry grew 3.2% yearly from 2009 to 2014. In the United States there are currently an estimated 537,746 auto mechanics and approximately 87 thousand car repair shops. You can find an auto mechanic or a car repair shop just about anywhere. Some places are personally owned and could charge less or even more than chain shops. Some places have multiple locations and often have sales to increase more clientele.
No matter where you are in the United States, you can take your car to a car repair shop. You do not need to be in a certain state or go to a certain mechanic, unless of course you are leasing your car and the dealership requires you to go to their mechanic. Then, often times, as long as you go to the same brand you will be okay, but check with your dealership. If you own your car, you can go anywhere you please, or with whoever has the cheapest prices.
A recent survey found:
* 19% of cars had dirty air filters
* 22% of cars had dirty or low engine oil
* 18% of cars had low or contaminated brake fluid
* 14% of cars needed belts replaced
* 77% of cars needed maintenance or repairs
* 20% of cars had inadequate cooling protection See this link for more references.