7 Mobile Apps You Should Have On Hand For Car Repairs

A lot of the time, car problems occur where you spend a great deal of their time — out on the road. If you rely solely on manuals and computer forums, you’ll have a hard time finding the information you need, especially if you’re on the go without much access to advice and instructions. If your car needs repairs or maintenance, there are dozens of mobile apps out there that can assist you. Here are some of the best.

App: Car Minder Plus

Price: $2.99
Rating: 4 stars
Compatibility: iPhone

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This is the ultimate car maintenance tracker, as it allows you to record the last repairs for all of the cars you own. Instead of guessing the last time you got your oil changed or your tires rotated, you can have it all recorded in this nifty phone app. The app also helps keep track of your fuel consumption, which would allow you to foresee problems earlier than if you had not been keeping a close eye on everything.

App: Car Management

Price: Free
Rating: 4 ½ stars
Compatibility: Android

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Keeping track of your vehicle’s characteristics and repair history can be a pretty tedious task. Cars are extremely high-maintenance compared to other possessions, but it’s necessary to keep track of a car’s lifespan in order to make sure it’s receiving the proper maintenance (and will thus last longer). This app helps you keep all of the information about your car in one place, including mileage, fuel consumption, distance driven, expenses, and more.

App: FUZZYCar

Price: $4.99
Rating: 3 stars
Compatibility: iPhone

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Only Disney has been able to make cars talk, but now you can see everything your car would be telling you with this innovative app. FUZZYCar connects your car’s diagnostic computer to the Internet via your phone and a WiFi scanner (which is necessary for the app to work). Instead of guessing what’s wrong with your car, you can get a better idea and even see the deeper meaning behind the check engine light!

App: Car Butler

Price: Free
Rating: 4 ½ stars
Compatibility: iPhone, (Android coming soon)

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Car Butler is an amazing (and free!) resource for any driver. The app features auto accident report help, commute-time calculators, weather and traffic reports, and more! But when it comes to repairs, Car Butler offers an extremely useful feature: it’ll look up all of the local mechanics and body shops for your convenience!

App: MobileMechanic

Price: $4.99
Rating: 4 stars
Compatibility: iPhone

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 Car problems can be pretty hard to detect, especially if the driver is someone who isn’t really familiar with cars in the first place. Instead of rushing to the mechanic for answers, be the first line of diagnostics with this app! MobileMechanic helps you identify common car problems based on the issues you’re experiencing, and if you figure out it’s something you can’t handle, it’ll help you find a nearby mechanic.

App: Car Recalls

Price: $0.99
Rating: N/A
Compatibility: iPhone

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 Sometimes a car can have a recall without you even realizing it. Also, when there is a recall announced, it’s best to know as soon as possible so you can get the problem rectified and not be in danger. This app will keep you up-to-date — all you have to do is input your car’s year, make, and model, and the app will alert you when new recalls are added.

App: Mobiloans (coming soon)

Price: N/A
Rating: N/A
Compatibility: iPhone

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If you don’t just need help finding potential mechanics but also need help affording the repairs, an app being released in early 2012 can help you when you’re in a financial emergency. The Mobiloans app will allow you to get a line of credit right from your smartphone.

Conclusion

Having smartphones really helps you keep connected to the world and gives you access to an incredible stock of resources. If you take advantage of the opportunities smartphones can offer, you can make tough situations much easier to handle.

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