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According To Drivers Of The Expensive EV, Fixing Something Can Be Quite A Shock

Green Car Reports says that Tesla Model S owners are finding out just how expensive aluminum can be to fix, with repair estimates like $7,000 to fix "a small dent and scratch" to $45,000 for "minor front-end damage." With aluminum figuring ever more in our automotive future to save weight, this could be the canary in the coal mine for all of us or just opportunistic price gouging.

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Porsche is repairing 205 units of the 918 Spyder around the world for problems with unspecified "chassis components" on the hybrid supercar. The company discovered the problem during quality checks, and the affected owners have already been contacted to have the issue repaired, which could take around two days.

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Shop denies any wrongdoing

A woman who dropped her car off at a local repair shop in Portland, Oregon was surprised to receive a ticket after one of the shop's employees was caught running a red light at 3am in her car.

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Privacy group warns tinkering under hood could violate DMCA

Plan on repairing or modifying a car in the garage this weekend? You might want to first consult a copyright lawyer.

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As we've established before, the waiting room at your local auto shop or dealership is awful. Like a simple automotive prison sentence, though, you're generally forced to hang out while the mechanics wrench on your stricken vehicle. How refreshing would it be, though, if you could knock out another errand at the same time? Well, Superior Muffler and Precision Cuts in Orlando, FL understands the pain of its customers.

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"Hi, welcome to John Q. Dealer's Toyota. What's that, you need an oil change? Okay, that's only going to take all week." We've all been here. A simple procedure at the dealership turns into a day in a tiny room, with stale coffee, out-of-date magazines and daytime television surrounded by people that are as disgruntled as you. Why, oh why, does it take so long to get work done at the local dealership?

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Humans are natural-born procrastinators. We put off things we know we need to do, whether that be starting a diet or workout program, calling our parents, making plans with friends and, yes, getting our cars serviced.

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Here is a story that should make you feel a little better about modern society. Bryson Rowley, the concerned man in Utah who put himself in danger to stop an out-of-control, joyriding teen, is getting his damaged pickup fixed free of charge.

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Pep Boys, the auto parts and service chain where your 17-year-old self got those hideous clear taillights for your first car, is set for a massive rebranding effort that will see it focus even more heavily on personal service.

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Purchasing these things can actually hurt your car's value and performance

By spending money on maintenance and some upgrades, you can improve your car's reliability and overall life expectancy. You can also reduce safety risks and expensive repairs. Changing the oil regularly, replacing worn-out tires, and getting your wheels aligned periodically are all no-brainers.

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Even minor accidents can cause serious damage to your car

Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. With millions of drivers on the road every day, many of them distracted by phone calls, a messy burrito, bad weather or lack of sleep, crashes are inevitable. Luckily, most of these accidents are relatively minor and nobody gets injured. However, even a minor accident can cause some serious damage to the outside your car.

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Building a car out of aluminum has a number of benefits - the lighter weight allows the vehicle to be more agile, more fuel efficient, make better use of its power and be more resistant to dings and dents. The downside to the advanced construction, though, is that repairs are both challenging and expensive. That's troubling for the new, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150, because it's kind of made a name for itself as a rugged, durable work vehicle.

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With a pricetag of about $150,000, buyers of the upcoming, limited-edition Volkswagen XL1 will probably wish that the repair bills be "virtual" as well, but VW's new "augmented reality" feature will only apply to the repairs themselves, at least for now. Europe's biggest automaker, which is preparing to start selling limited numbers of the XL1, is using Munich's InsideAR Conference later this week to show off an augmented reality project that will allow technicians to simulate repairs of the veh

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As cars becomes more sophisticated, it seems like they are increasingly becoming more complicated. Remember the days when you could just go to your local auto parts store to pick up a new headlight bulb and then replace the burned-out bulb in about a minute in the parking lot? Well, that may still be true for some models, but for a growing number of vehicles, this simple repair has become so difficult – and often time-consuming – that Autoline Detroit felt the need to produce a how-t

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The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has found that uninformed women seeking automotive repairs end up paying more than men, yet they are more successful negotiators when it comes time to talking down a service price. The study, "Repairing the Damage: The Effect of Price Expectations on Auto-Repair Price Quotes," was conducted by Kellogg professors and a student working with AutoMD.com, an online automotive repair information site.

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Has it seemed like the cost to keep your older car on the road has gone up? Well, we have good news (you're not going crazy) and bad news (repair costs are indeed going up all across the country). According to an annual study by CarMD, average repair costs have increased by 10 percent in 2012, with drivers in New Jersey paying the highest prices and those in Vermont paying the lowest.

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A new survey by AutoMD.com finds car owners trust independent shops over dealerships when it comes to vehicle repairs. The site surveyed 3,000 owners online between November 2 and December 12, 2012, and 80 percent of the respondents said they felt they had been overcharged for repairs at a dealership, while 90 percent felt they could save more money by visiting an independent shop.

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"Right To Repair" laws have been debated for years, with automakers and dealers steadfastly opposed to any legislation requiring them to divulge the electronic secrets of their vehicles to independent repair shops. The little guys continue to cry foul, insisting that dealership mechanics get repair tools and software that are unavailable on the open market. The manufacturers claim they already provide enough repair information and what they don't disclose is proprietary and needs to be protected

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Sorry, Wyoming residents, that Check Engine Light is probably going to cost you more to fix than the rest of the country. CarMD has published its newest report ranking average state-by-state repair costs to correct check engine lights, and Wyoming leads the nation. The info was collected from about 163,000 repairs made by ASE-certified technicians who report to CarMD, and in 2011, labor costs were down while parts costs were up, and people still ignore "idiot lights" at their own peril.

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Proving once again that you never know what you're going to come across on the road in Eastern Europe is the video we've pasted after the break. In it, you'll see an old beat-up SUV of unknown origin plodding its way through a residential area in Kazakhstan, a former member of the USSR. Sounds pretty normal, no?

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