Now you can own and operate your own auto repair service with PlayWay’s Car Mechanic Simulator 2014. Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 gives you the behind the scenes view of the daily dealings at local garages and dealership repair shops.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,254 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 24, 2014

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July 16

1/4 Mile Add-On coming in October for free!

New 1/4 Mile Add-On entered beta stage and will be released to public in October. DLC will feature new tuning missions and a 1/4 mile racetrack, that will let you check the performance of the car you were working on. DLC will be free for all owners of Car Mechanic Simulator 2014.

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Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 Complete Edition now available!


Complete Edition with 2 free expansion packs is now available.
1/4 Mile DLC features new tuning missions and a 1/4 mile racetrack, that will let you check the performance of the car you were working on.
4X4 Expansion Pack provides 20 new work orders for various repairs of 4X4 off road vehicles.

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About This Game

Now you can own and operate your own auto repair service with PlayWay’s Car Mechanic Simulator 2014.
Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 gives you the behind the scenes view of the daily dealings at local garages and dealership repair shops.

  • Interact with car owners seeking repairs
  • Order parts and materials necessary to maintain inventory including used car parts to help keep consumer costs low.
  • Purchase repair manuals to enable you to work better, faster and earn more income!
  • Work on eight different car models including Town Cars, Compacts, Sedans, SUVs, Family Cars, SUVs VANs, and Limousines
  • Gain experience with over 120 different repairs including brakes, transmission fixes, body shop work, steering and alignment adjustments, chip tuning, diagnostic analysis, test drive pad, OBD scanning, oil changes, fix broken parts and engage in dozens of other tasks.

Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 is a must have for auto mechanics and fans of the world’s most popular autos!

4X4 Expansion Pack provides 20 new F2P work orders for various repairs of 4X4 off road vehicles and is available at no cost to owners of the baseline Steam-enabled release.
The primary 4X4 car is a separate body frame with rigid, live front and rear axles. It presents unique new maintenance challenges far different from those in the base version of Car Mechanic Simulator 2014. Once installed, new parts appear in the garage shop including front and rear axles, drive shafts, special off-road shock absorbers and a rear muffler. The new vehicle is also available in endless mode.
4x4 Expansion Pack features:
  • Brand new 4x4 car with new set of parts.
  • 20 new repair orders to complete

1/4 Mile Expansion Pack comes with new test track, where you can check the performance of tuned cars.
Enter the world of car tuners and equip cars with sport parts to increase their performance and meet your customers demands.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9800GT or better w /512MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatble
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Core i5 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForceGTX 650 Ti or better w/ 1024MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatble
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia 9800M GTS / Radeon HD 6770M
    • Hard Drive: 1200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 3.0GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia 650M
    • Hard Drive: 1200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
138 of 145 people (95%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Before you ask, no, you won't learn how to replace your busted clutch or how to find that squeaky sound underneath your car- it's not that type of game. What you will find, however, is a great puzzle game that is a breath of fresh air compared to the thousands of other puzzle games out there.

The premise is simple: you own a mechanic shop, and people bring you cars (problems) to fix. You get a short blurb to tell you a bit of information, but the amount of information that you get can vary- going from "Hey, my battery is dead, can you fix it?" to "Something squeaks under the car. Fix it." Your goal is to find and fix the problem while trying not to run out of cash- you get an extra amount of cash for each order, and if that runs out, you can ask the bank for a loan that you have to pay back. To be honest, though, if you're careful about what you buy and aren't replacing stuff willy-nilly, you ought to be fine. Just remember- fix it if you can, or replace it outright if you need to.

And don't worry about losing parts- the game will not only make you remove items in order off the car, but it will also force you to put them back in order, as well- there's no need to worry about missing any parts- unless it's something like a starter or a plastic engine cover, but even then it won't let you mark it as done until the car is completely put back together.

Once each objective is met, you'll be able to mark the car as "fixed" and send it on its way.

There are over seventy problems in the base game alone- plus another twenty in the DLC pack that comes free with the game. There's another free DLC pack launching later this month with another pack of problems, and that will add even more value to it.

The problems I have with this game are actually somewhat slight- for one, some of the detection on th orders can be really, REALLY picky. If it tells you to replace the right front tire, then your new wheel must go on the right front- you can't just move a used wheel from the other side of the car onto there, because it's not explicitly a new wheel. It's smart to take big orders a step at a time for this reason- work on one region of the car at a time, and replace everything needed- or make notes as to what the busted parts were. There is nothing more swear-worthy in this game than completing a huge order, but being unable to continue because you didn't put some tiny part back in its right space- and then you have to pull the whole blasted thing apart to hunt for it.

The only other complaint I have is that you will want to hit the radio with a wrench and kill it dead after a half-hour of its awful music. If you need music, bust out an iPod or turn on an actual radio, because this one will make you want to take it out to the test track and drive over it a few dozen times. Would it have been too much to ask to get a simple MP3 player in there or something?

All in all, though, if you're looking for a puzzle game that isn't something about jewels, you'll enjoy this- especially if you have an interest in cars.
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169 of 214 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
This game inspired me to repair my car. After a day of hard works, I realized that, unlike the game, 1. no one will pay me to repair my own car. 2. My car wasn't even broken in the first place.
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59 of 67 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
It's not a tremendously accurate simulation by any means, but it's great fun nonetheless, and it might even teach you some of the basics about how cars are put together. The repairs themselves usually follow a standard plot: run diagnostics (test drive, OBD checker, etc) or examine the parts yourself until you find the one or two parts that are bad, remove as many parts as are necessary to remove the bad parts, buy replacements for the bad parts from your garage computer (or repair them if possible), then install the new parts and replace everything else.

At least, that's how it's *supposed* to go. If you want to go a different (*cough* chop shop *cough*) route, you can make use of the otherwise mostly useless used parts store also on your garage's computer.

Say your job is to replace some bad brake pads. To get to those pads, you'll also have to remove the tire and the brake caliper. The parts that you don't need to replace for a job are usually in pristine condition, meaning that if you sell them, you'll get a much higher price for them. All you have to do is go to the used parts store and see if they have a working caliper and tire for that car that's in okay condition (as long as it's better than red condition, it should work). Of course, they might not have a barely working caliper or tire for that car, but they might have an exhaust manifold that will be just perfect. So, remove the original exhaust manifold too. As long as it's in better condition than what the used parts store is selling, you'll profit. Sell off the originals, buy/install the used parts, and pocket the difference. Your clueless customers will drive off happy, and you will have sold off perfectly good parts of their car for a tidy profit.
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Well it's almost more fun then doing on my own car. Realy - 30 minutes for general repair of whole car, no quirks, no broken tools and definitely no unmovable rusty screws. :)
It is not perfect, for example names of spare parts in Czech language are pretty lame and sometimes there is serious pixel hunting when you want to zoom and react with some little parts.
But it's original, cheap and don't know exactly why - but it is fun!
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
After reading several reviews and noticing it was on sale, I decided to give this game a try. I have a Quad Core 3.8ghz AMD, GeForce 730 2gb Graphics Card, and 8gb DDR3 RAM. As soon as I loaded up the first vehicle in the game, I experienced low framerates. I exited and changed the video settings to Quality High, Resolution 1280x720, VSync OFF, Antialiasing DISABLED (These are the same settings I use for DayZ, which gives me 40+FPS). I now have 0 drop in framerate, and the game still looks beautiful. I've been an experienced mechanic for over 10 years. I am a certified CNC Machinist, as well as a certified Mercedes-Benz Technician. I've been a gamer since the NES days. The graphics are really good, and I haven't experienced any noticeable bugs, glitches, or clipping issues. The sound is ok, but nothing to brag about. I did listen to the radio, but had turned it down 50% before I even started. I never found it to be annoying. Movement around the shop environment is pretty smooth. No issues there. The game starts every level with a worksheet that explains what the customer wants you to check for or replace. Great thing is, you can refer back to this worksheet at anytime. Most of the parts can be visually inspected without removing them, but a lot of parts can only be inspected upon removing something in front of it (i.e. a timing belt before inspecting the water pump). The electrical components must be checked using the OBD Scan Tool. You are also able to test drive vehicles in order to diagnose bad parts, and the physics are good. Right clicking the mouse opens a menu allowing you to install parts, remove parts, turn the chassis transparency off/on, and turn the parts color, such as red, yellow, and green corresponding to the condition, off/on. Some of the parts can simply be removed, others must be unbolted and bolted back on. Everything must be installed in the reverse order of removal. Yes, you can forget to install parts, but you cannot give the car back to the customer until you fix your mistakes. The game automatically checks tasks off your worksheet as you complete them. After a little over an hour of playing, I found this game to be very fun. I'm impressed that any developer would tackle a game like this, and with such detail. Don't expect it to be 100% realistic, such as every nut and bolt, accurate pricing, names of cars, etc. I don't think anyone could learn the basics of car repair from this game, but I do think someone can use this game to understand the overall concept of automotive repair. I honestly don't have anything bad to say about this game. I wish the concept of this game would've implemented on Forza, Grand Turismo, or Need For Speed a long time ago! If you're interested in automotive repair, get this game now that it's on sale.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I have zero real-world knowledge about cars, or how they work.
I do not have any idea how accurate the parts in the game would relate to the real-world, but I figure it has to be good enough to give you a pretty decent overall idea of how cars work, and where parts would be, and how all the parts fit together.

That being said, I really like this game! Each work order requires you to think about the problem, and then identify the right part, find out how to GET to that part, and then either repairing the part, or replacing it.

The interface/controls feel slightly awkward, but still much better than many of the other "____ Simulator" games that have been coming out recently.

Even if you don't really care about cars, or how they work, this game can be highly enjoyable even from a simple puzzle-solver perspective. For me, it's even given me a different perspective about how cars work.

I don't expect to suddenly look at a real-life car and know how to take it apart, but maybe, just maybe, I'll at least not be so blank-face dumb about it. Not that it's a required part of playing this game, but hey, you may learn something.

I definitely recommend checking this game out.
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This game is brilliant. gives you some understanding, and lets you freeplay around the cars.
Camera is a little bad at times but you will develop your own techniques to counter that.

Also alot of good and free addons, thats a big plus!

Highly recommended!
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
60.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I like this game it show the basic understanding of mechanics and would recommend you to play it. the only thing i would like to see is an other game like this that goes more in depth. Like having to work on more different types of motor vehicles from motor cycle all the way up to over the road truck or 18 wheelers. that you can do miner repairs at the beginning of the game and as you progress in the game the more major the repairs get by doing every thing real life mechanics do. for example rebuilding an engine from the inside and out.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
If you have no interest in puzzle games or working on cars, this probably isn't for you. If you have an interest in one or especially both than you might be surprised that you could enjoy something like this. And that's what this is, it's a puzzle game based on car repair. Customers bring you work orders with complaints or requests much like in the real world and you have to diagnose and repair the problem. There are 76 work orders (many of them with rather humorous descriptions) in the base game and 20 in the included offroad DLC with more to come soon.

Malfunctioning vehicles are basically the puzzle to be solved and it's a very simplistic puzzle at that compared to a real car. You don't have to be a pro mechanic to play this but some basic troubleshooting knowledge does help. Otherwise you might find yourself tearing down the entire car to find the bad parts if you're clueless where to start when someone brings you a car that has trouble starting for instance.

The repair jobs vary in length, time and complexity as you go. You can order the parts you need online at your terminal and fix some of them at your workbench to save costs and increase your profit. You can also spend money on training to increase some basic skills that earn you more money per job, discounts at the parts store and speed up disassembly and bad part identification. There is also a test track and diagnostic path that you can drive the car on to help identify malfunctioning systems.

The in game music is this terrible dubstep crap that just annoys the hell of me but thankfully it can be turned off.

You won't become an ASE certified mechanic or learn to run your own repair shop by playing this, but it's a good way to kill some time without a huge time commitment with no pressure. It's definitely worth picking up on sale at the sub $10 price point that I got it at.
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29 of 49 people (59%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
A customer ask me to change the air filter. So I took his car out and did a little test drive but somehow turn into a crash test.

11/10 would crash again.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Very nice game with realistic grahics and the v4 and v6 engine in the game is realistic. And its fun finding out whats wrong with the costumer's car.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 is a very basic representation of automotive repair, you really need to have at least some interest in automobiles or an interest in being a handyman to find enjoyment in this game. You'll delve into the life of an automotive mechanic, starting out in a basic "shade tree" style garage and work your way into more professional garages, which is a neat.

The depth of which the game delves into auto-repair in my experience with the game so far, has been very basic; but a couple steps above "Gearhead Garage" of yester-year. If you aren't very knowledgable in the automotive service arena, you might find this game entertaining in it's own right.

However, if you are knowledgable with cars and car repair; you're going to find yourself pointing out flaws in the details of this game. For example: The lower suspension arm on the cars in game doesn't look like it would work because only one side that mounts to the chassis is designed to pivot while the other side is a solid mount. And $200 oil changes.

Beyond that, the camera movement controls can be frustrating at times. In dissassemble/assemble mode the camera orbits around a selected object, which often makes some parts difficult to select or view. Once you get used to it you'll figure out quickly how to work around it.

The test drive feature is pretty much useless in my experience with the game, I've test driven cars numberous times and this feature just doesn't communicate problems like you'd expect. I've never heard an odd sound, or experienced problems with the handling or performance of cars I've test driven. And if you have any knowledge of cars at all you can pretty much track down issues with just a few clicks of the mouse.

If you're an autoentusiast like myself, I don't think this game will scratch that tinkering itch for very long. If you aren't an autoenthusiast, or very knowledgable of automobiles; this game could serve as a basic introduction to auto repair.

But the important question is: "Is it fun?" Sure, I enjoyed playing it for a little while; but due to certain details and a lack of interesting cars to work on, I lost interest.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This is a fun Mechanic themed puzzle game. The developer has added 2 free DLC packs since release and both have added to the fun as well as a few more hours of game play. When I am in between more serious games I enjoy the relaxation that I get from games like this. It is well thought out and is priced fairly. If you enjoy relaxing games, this would be one of the ones I would highly recommend.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
wow, i got this game because i wasn't getting enough work at work, now i can play while i work and pretend work while im playing....
In all seriousness though, the game could use a little more detail but overall actually really enjoyable little game good job guys
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
*sucks air through teeth*
I'd like to write a great review for you but I don't have the parts in, love. See that wobbly bit there, it ain't supposed to wobble like that. Looks like one of Susan Boyle's spare chins. You're looking at a good £200 for a replacement.
Tell you what. I'm gonna finish eating this pasty then I'll get on the blower, see if Dave's got a second hand one for half that. Come back in an hour, darlin'.

*an hour later*

Fraid it's worse than we thought, duchess. The manifold's búggered. What's a manifold? Don't you worry your pretty little head about that my darlin'. I'll fix it up for you no problem. 500 quid. We'll have you back on the road by next week... etc..
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
8/10 can simulate working on cars. This is the best car simulator of its kind I have seen be done. I like how it resembles what it's like to work as a mechanic.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Greater variation would have been a welcome addition to this game. More extensive access to components would have made for a more realistic challenge, i.e. being able to do simplified engine rebuilds etc. The tuning component may as well not have been in the game. There doesn't seem to be much sense in trying to get three bars to match at a certain percentage through trial and error.

Nonetheless, it took up a few hours and if you are looking for a mechanic simulator game....go ahead, but it dit get a bit boring and repetitive towards the end.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 9
The primary objective of a simulator is to accurately recreate the feeling and control of completing an existing real world task, like driving, managing, farming, dating, etc. Obviously, not all real world tasks are entertaining, in fact, most are repetitive jobs you work day after day for a paycheck. The draw of a well made simulator is the ability to experience a career virtually that you may never have the chance to experience in real life. Sometimes this can be interesting and educational, sometimes a lot of fun, and sometimes extremely boring. It's up to the individual to decide if the simulator is fun or repetitive, which makes this genre extremely difficult to review. Do I review it based on its entertainment value alone, or how accurately it depicts the task it's trying to recreate?

The focus of this particular simulator is in the title. At the start of each job you are provided with a work order explaining what the issue is, and it's up to you as the mechanic to resolve the issue as best as you can. Generally this requires you to remove and check individual parts, and replace the ones that are damaged. If you don't know anything about cars it can be difficult to locate the issues at first, but once you fix the first ten cars or so you'll know exactly where to look for the problems and how to fix them.

Don't worry, there is no time limit or grading system to worry about here. Each job takes however long you need it to, so you never feel rushed or stressed. In fact, later on the game feels entirely too easy, since turning off the body model of the car grants you immediate visual access to most parts, and the ones that are in bad shape stick out like a sore thumb with a very different texture than the rest.

Locating and resolving the issues is very enjoyable. Removing and replacing the individual parts is very intuitive and even a little educational if you have zero experience with fixing cars. The models are easily recognizable, even though the vehicles are generic due to licensing constraints. There's even a radio in your garage to listen to while you work, though I hope in the future they provide a way to point it to your own music directory. You really do feel like a professional mechanic, which is the most important thing when developing a simulator.

As you progress through the 70+ jobs that come with the main campaign, you'll unlock new garages to work in with new tools such as the Path Tester, Workbench, and Chip Tuner. The interesting thing is, you don't really feel like you own the garage, even though it's implied. Each car that comes in is paid for in advance and you have to fix the problems as cheaply as possible to profit. Not being able to set your own prices or contact the customer after inspections seems like a missed opportunity here. There are zero management duties when it comes to running the garage. No rent or utilities payments to make, employees to manage, cleaning to be done, inventory to take, or anything else that comes with running a business like this. Car Mechanic Simulator is very focused on the act of fixing cars, and little else. That can be a good or bad thing depending on what you're looking for, but personally, I hope that these aspects will be added in later updates.

Features such as the OBD Reader and Obstacle Course seem more like novelties than required mechanics. Neither helps with diagnosing the issues with the cars, but both were required on multiple occasions for completing a work order, which is a shame. Providing more feedback from these features in the future would go a long way to improving on this idea. Even having your character mutter to himself while driving about how the car is handling would be a fantastic addition.

Car Mechanic Simulator feels like a great base for what will eventually become a fantastic simulator. I feel that the developers are on to something special, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for this franchise. If you are even a little interested in working on cars, but don't have the money, energy, or are generally against getting covered in grease, then look no further. With multiple free add-ons, and an endless mode, you'll get hundreds of hours out of this title. It does a great job of simulating the act of working on cars, so in that respect, it succeeds in its primary goal. As far as the entertainment factor is concerned, I'll let you be the judge.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Amazing, fun, educational and unique simulator!
Really like the concept of this game.
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Nothing like working on a real vehicle but still entertaining.
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