I usually buy my cars and drive them till they drop. Given current economic conditions I'm sure and more car owners will be doing the same. One of the worst aspects of this is needing a car repair and having no idea how much it should cost.
That sounds like a job for...RepairPal, a great little iPhone app that not only gives you cost estimates but also points you to garages in your area. Just broke down in the middle of nowhere and have no idea where the nearest garage is? Use your iPhone's built in GPS service to find the closest options. It's all built into this handy, free app. Highly recommended!
A tip o' the hat for this recommendation from blog reader Newt Barrett.