What's the most common name for the place where cars can be repaired? Looking at the parallel article on English Wikipedia shows me that this place called "An automobile repair shop" but I believe that nobody is really says this very long name because it isn't comfortable. The article denotes that it is also known regionally as a garage or a workshop. So I understand that it depends on regions.

What's the most acceptable short name for this place? (In the UK and in the USA as well)

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Generally, in the US, I would say garage would be most common. You'll often just refer to the person as well (in other words, "the car is at the mechanic's"). Also, if your preferred car service location is the service department of the local car dealer, many people just say "I took the car to the dealer".

  • Thank you for the answer (+1^). But what does it mean "car mechanic's"? the s' in the end stands for what? Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 13:46
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    "mechanic's shop", you'll often hear people drop the "shop" in speech.
    – pboss3010
    Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 13:48
  • b.t.w. as much as I understand, the word garage has a lot of meaning regards the car, from the place where one parks the car through the place where is repaired to the place where it gets fuel (gas station). From here: dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/garage Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 13:55
  • I would also add that "mechanic" without the possessive is fine too, at least in Canada. And in Springfield you can call it a "car hole". Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 13:58
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    The word 'garage' is very common in Britain. The precise meaning is supplied by context - I arrived home and put my car is in the garage (=the small building for keeping the car in, next to or attached to the house); I am low on fuel; I'll stop at the next garage (=a petrol/gas station); my car is in the garage having a new silencer fitted (=a car repair place). Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 16:38

It's very common in the US to say that "the car is in the shop".

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