One day, we’ll all be riding around in self-driving cars that come equipped with the latest in technological advances. But until that day comes, there’s a few savvy car maintenance apps that can help drivers better take care of their vehicles and keep them safe on the road.
Here are our top five picks for best car maintenance app.
CarFax is already a helpful service – especially when you’re buying a used car. But now they have an app, which helps you manage your car’s records and maintenance schedule quickly and easily. The myCarFax app provides safety and recall information for your vehicle, along with scheduled maintenance reminders. The best part? It’s all free.
There’s nothing more annoying than forgetting where you parked in a giant parking lot filled with hundreds of cars. With the Car Locator app, though, that’s not a problem at all. This app uses GPS coordinates to mark your spot when you park to make it easy to find once you’re done. It also incorporates a parking timer, so you never have to guess if the meter is running out and you’ll get a ticket.
GasBuddy is another app that’s great for traveling. You might be familiar with the local gas stations and what their prices are, but GasBuddy alerts you to daily gas price fluctuations so you can easily find the cheapest gas that’s nearby. It’s also great for long road trips when you need to find the nearest gas station or want to compare prices.
RepairPal is a helpful app – especially if you’re on the road, out of town a lot. This app helps you find a repair shop or mechanic close by if you break down out of town and away from your local repair shop. It even goes a step further and allows you to quickly collect quotes for nearby shops, and saves all of your car’s maintenance history so that you can easily pull it up for reference.
Have you ever seen the Youtube videos of crazy traffic accidents or first person driving? That’s because of dashcams, which are highly popular in Russia. Aside from making fun Youtube videos, though, dashcams can help prove fault in the case of an accident and are generally pretty helpful to have around. If you don’t want to shell out $300-$400 for a cam, you can pay a few bucks for an app that basically turns your smartphone into a dashcam.