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RepairPal boosts developer happiness with CircleCI

Customizable compute gives the auto repair network more testing options

The challenge

Before CircleCI, the team responsible for the auto repair platform at RepairPal was using Jenkins for CI/CD, but it came with plenty of problems and complexities. “Plugins, custom scripts – the whole thing would go down,” Nick Roosevelt, Senior Software Engineer at RepairPal explains. As a result, there wasn’t much confidence in the CI/CD process: “The time we spent on Jenkins was a lot of work and frustration.”

The dev team tested various CI/CD solutions, but none were a good fit. “We tried GitHub, but it re-uses runners, and the second time the runners are used they’re sometimes corrupted,” Roosevelt says. “Caching in that environment was also terrible.”

The solution

Given the unique needs of RepairPal’s dev team, the company chose CircleCI for CI/CD. “CircleCI is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else,” Roosevelt says.

Customizability was a key factor in choosing CircleCI. For example, some of RepairPal’s jobs need much more memory, so customizable compute is much more energy-efficient and cost-efficient. In addition, parallelism gives the dev team more options to run tests when they need to.

“We have 10k specs that take about four hours of compute, but other times we don’t need any CI/CD resources,” Roosevelt says. “And when we have to ramp up for the specs that don’t need to be run everywhere, we can make that a dependency. It’s great that we can add an orb to the dependency, rather than have to fiddle with the versions we install on the images we use for tests.”

Nick Roosevelt
“The caching works well and it’s really fast. That really improves performance. CircleCI is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else.”

Nick Roosevelt
Senior Software Engineer at RepairPal

How CircleCI powers RepairPal’s business

One metric that Roosevelt is tracking is developer happiness. “We have a lot fewer complaints and problems with our CI now,” he says. “We have a main Rails repo that most people work on, and a separate repo for internal tools. Recently there was a change that totally broke Jenkins, and I suggested we use CircleCI. It just worked magically, and the team was very happy.”

Developers are also happy about CircleCI’s power and flexibility. “The caching works well and it’s really fast,” Roosevelt says. “That really improves performance. Each commit only changes a tiny amount, so it’s very effective at improving efficiency.”

The happiness has a knock-on effect with RepairPal’s partners, including repair shop owners and car dealers. “At the end of the day, we’re only succeeding if our partners are happy,” Roosevelt says. “If they’re happy, we’re happy.”

Benefits since using CircleCI

  • Greater cost-efficiency
  • More customization to manage resources
  • Increased confidence in CI/CD
  • Flexibility and customization

About RepairPal

Established in 2007, RepairPal’s connects consumers with certified, trustworthy mechanics throughout the U.S. Large trusted companies including USAA, CarMax, Consumer Reports and Verizon send their members and customers to RepairPal Certified shops, knowing they will get high-quality repairs at a fair price.


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