We've all been there: You have a service problem with your car and no clue if what the mechanic is telling you is true. What's the problem and how much should it cost to fix? These are the issues we wrestle with every time something goes wrong. Although it can't protect you against crooked mechanics, the Internet provides some sources for verifying service problems and establishing ballpark estimates for repairs.
It's a place to start and can provide at least some peace of mind. Check out my take on online auto-repair-estimate sites at www.bankrate.com/finance/auto/cruise-the-web-for-car-repair-estimates.aspx.