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Akin to other doctor-themed sites like WebMD, the recently-launched AutoMD wants to make you your own health official, this time overseeing the pain-free running of your car. The site's tools include diagnostic assistance, cost estimates, finding a shop, or DIY repairs with pictorial instruction if you're ready to get dirty.

AutoMD's report, called Advocacy for Repair Shop Fairness, attempts to sort out which cities have the most honest auto repairmen. To compile it, mystery shoppers were sent to 600 repair facilities in the top fifty designated markets. Based on quoted prices for a repair, they evaluated the locations based on three criteria: affordability, price disparity, and shop integrity.

Not surprisingly, smaller metro areas such as Memphis, Tennessee and Jacksonville, Florida took the top slots for fairness, while places like Washington, D.C. and Chicago took some of the worst spots. Albuquerque and Honolulu, though, are also where you'll want to exercise robust skepticism upon visiting a repair shop. Follow the jump for the press release on the report, click the link below to check out the full chart, and good luck out there.

[source: Auto MD]

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Is your city among the best or worst places to get your car fixed? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 27 Feb 2010 12:18:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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