Whether we like it or not, smartphones and their apps are seeping into virtually every part of our lives and the auto world is no exception. Type in “auto” in the app store and you will encounter everything from auto games to auto insurance, and auto parts apps. Finding the right one for your auto repair needs can be a daunting task, so we’re here to break it down for you and explain what we think are the 5 best auto repair apps available right now.
1. RepairPal: Auto Repair Expert
The name says it all. This free app is great for those who rarely do repairs themselves and need someone to help them find the right repair shop for their needs. The app will give you an accurate service cost estimation, help you find roadside assistance, track your repair history, and help you locate the best repair shop for your needs in the current area you are located. Gone are the days of going to a repair shop that rips you off or doesn’t work for your needs!
2. Car Minder Plus
Do you have a whole family of cars that you need to stay up-to-date with? Are you extremely busy 90 percent of the time and can’t remember when you had your last oil change or fill-up? Car Minder Plus could be your lifesaver. This app tracks everything from your last oil change and fill-up to the amount of time you have left until your sparkplugs should be changed. The app allows you to choose your specific vehicle types so you know exactly which one needs what done at what time. You will no longer have to wonder when the last time you got your tires rotated was or when those air filters are going to go bad.
3. Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care, Maintenance, and Repair
If you are an avid DIYer but need a few tips when it comes to cars, this app is perfect for you. The Auto Upkeep App does it all, with information on how various systems of the car work, how-to tutorials on fixing a variety of car repairs, and emergency lists for when you can’t do it yourself. This app is great as both an educational tool and a way to fix your vehicle without taking it to the repair shop.
4. ClearMechanic Plus
If you are a repair expert who works in the auto world, this is a handy app that customers will definitely appreciate. The app allows mechanics to upload customized inspection results that specify what is right and wrong with each customer’s car. The customer can then investigate further by clicking on the problem, where a diagram and/or pictures will explain exactly what you, as the mechanic, found to be wrong with the car. This not only saves the mechanic time, but it also enhances the trust customers have in your business because of your thoroughness and attention to detail.
5. OBDll Car Diagnostics
Whether you have OBDll reader or not, this can be a very helpful app. It includes trouble code definitions, repair information for the most common trouble codes, and keyword search to help you figure out what exactly is wrong with your car. If you have the OBDll system, after the tool reads the trouble codes associated with your vehicle it will send the code to the app, helping you translate it into more meaningful terms and explaining what needs to be done to fix the problem.
App stores are constantly updating and rearranging the apps available to customers. Checking the store frequently will help keep you up to date on the latest auto repair apps and which ones are right for you. Whether you are a DIY junkie or you just want to be more informed when it comes to your vehicle, these apps will be extremely beneficial in aiding you in the future.
Written by Marc Laferierre, owner of Dents Unlimited. Dents Unlimited provides the best auto repair Columbia Mo has to offer, where their expert staff can get your car back on the road in no time.