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Bureau of Automotive Repair launches new ‘Auto Shop Locator’

New online search tool allows consumers to find licensed automotive repair dealers and identifies licensees that are on probation or subject of a pending accusation

Sacramento, Calif.—The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has announced the launch of the Auto Shop Locator. This new online search tool allows consumers to find licensed automotive repair dealers providing auto repair and other services in their area, according to Patrick Dorais, BAR chief.

Unlike the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) License Search page, which displays information for all current and discontinued registrations and licenses, the Auto Shop Locator only lists currently licensed automotive repair dealers, Dorais stated in an email.

“We will monitor user interaction with the new tool over the coming weeks.”

Patrick Dorais, BAR

Additionally, the new mobile-friendly tool goes a step beyond BAR’s previous Station Search with a new feature showing automotive repair dealers on an interactive map using the consumer’s location or a specific city or zip code. Consumers can filter results by selecting from three service categories, including smog check, brake and lamp inspections, and automotive repair. The locator also provides access to license information and identifies licensees that are on probation or the subject of a pending accusation by BAR.

Dorais added that service categories are tied to the primary and secondary business type information (e.g., auto body, air conditioning, transmission repair, etc.) provided by automotive repair dealers upon licensure or renewal. Licensees seeking to update their business type information are encouraged to complete a Change of Name/Address/Corporate Officers or Directors form. A mechanism for licensees to designate additional business types is being considered for future enhancements.

“We will monitor user interaction with the new tool over the coming weeks,” he stated.

How it works

• Consumer enters location — the mobile-friendly search tool uses their location or a specific city or zip code.

• Search by auto repair or service — select from one of three service categories, including automotive repair, brake and lamp inspections, and smog check.

• Consumers see licensed shops near them — the interactive map shows licensed automotive repair dealers in their area.

• View shop details — important information, including shop location, phone number, and license information, is provided to help consumers select the right shop to repair or service their vehicle.

To learn more and try the new Auto Shop Locator, visit www.bar.ca.gov.

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