An automobile repair shop (also known as a garage) is a place where automobiles are repaired by auto mechanics and electricians. The automotive garage can be divided in so many categories. Some auto parts stores also maintain service operations. Examples include Pep Boys, Walmart, and Sears Auto Center. There are also independently owned and operated businesses, and regional or national chains and franchises. Examples of chains and franchises include Midas and Firestone Complete Auto Care. A third type of repair shop is the service departments of car dealerships. These shops are the only ones authorized to perform warranty and recall repairs by the manufacturers and distributors, except in the European Union. Automobile repair shops often can be specialty shops specializing in certain parts such as brakes, mufflers, transmissions, body parts, tires and automobile electrification, windshields, and oil changes. Examples include MAACO and AAMCO.
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