Three Apps to Keep Your Car Running
Whether you need oil change reminders or help with troubleshooting a sound under the hood, these apps, paired with Verizon Roadside Assistance, won’t steer you wrong.
The coolest smartphones and cars tend to have a lot in common; sleek design, cutting-edge technology, the ability to make your friends jealous—and they’re an integral part of everyday life, despite most of us not knowing a whole lot about what makes them tick. Although your vehicle probably won’t teach you much about the inner workings of your smartphone, downloading a car-maintenance app will give you tons of info on keeping your vehicle running properly and getting it fixed when problems arise.
For reminders and recordkeeping
If you’re the kind of driver who keeps a little black book in the glove box to write down your mileage each time you fill up, aCar is the app for you. It lets you record mileage for business and personal use; calculate fuel efficiency; track repairs; and stay current with basic maintenance like oil changes, inspections and filter replacements. You can keep up with multiple vehicles and get the analysis of each displayed in easy-to-read graphs and charts.
To find answers to a problem
Hearing a funny rattle from somewhere under the hood, or finding a pool of liquid in the driveway when you back out in the mornings? Car Trouble tries to pinpoint the cause by asking you a series of questions to determine if the problem is minor or serious. Though it won’t be able to answer complex queries, it can get you looking in the right places and will usually be able to ballpark an answer to the most important question of all: How much is this going to cost me?
For the garage rat
Are you the DIY type who takes pride in keeping your ride running with your own tools and know-how? Garage Buddy might just be of more help than the mechanic at the corner shop. It’s an exhaustive database of calculators, convertors, tables and charts that replaces a library of manuals and reference books. Changing out an engine or transmission? Garage Buddy has info on carburetor flows and gear ratios. Need to know what size belt to buy or hole to drill? Garage Buddy can tell you that, too.
Regardless of where you are on the running/sputtering/stopped car-performance spectrum, having a smartphone equipped with the right apps can be a big help.