auto-repairWhat would you do if your car broke down on the side of the road? What if your car ran out of gas? Can you remember the last time you had an oil change or a tune-up? Fortunately in this day and age there are apps for just about everything, and specialized apps for car repair are no exception. These apps may not be able to actually do the work that’s required on your vehicle, but they can help you out when you get stranded or broke down or even help prevent such breakdowns by reminding you of important car maintenance times. Here are the top five apps for car repair.

1. RepairPal – Breaking down is never fun, but doing so in an unfamiliar place is a really bad time. With RepairPal, you can have the app recommend a top mechanic in the area. Additionally, included is a RepairPrice estimate, which the creators of the app say are greater than 75,000 hours worth of comparing parts and labor costs for specific repairs in that particular zip code. You will get an accurate estimate because the estimated range must be honored by the Top Shops displayed by RepairPal. Coverage includes the US only and covers most vehicle models from 1990 and after. The app is free of cost and is available to download for iPhone and Android.

2. AA Breakdown & Traffic – If you have a breakdown, this app can determine your exact location and send it to the AA so that you can be reached in a hurry. You don’t need to be a member of AA to use this must have app. The apps primary mode is AA Breakdown, which is the location finding function described above. It’s that easy. The secondary mode is AA Roadwatch, which is to help you avoid delays on your trip with updates provided live on traffic patterns and any roadwork that may be going on. Everything is shown on a detailed street-level map. The third mode is My Reminders, which stores your vehicle’s important info, like dates of service and insurance renewal dates. The app is free of charge and is available to download for iPhone Android and Nokia.

3. aCar – This is a basic car maintenance tracker. Users of the app can track repairs, fill-ups, fuel economy and calculated mileage. In addition, the app can separate business miles from your personal miles. Reminders of services due can be added for more than one vehicle. The app has two versions, a free and pro version. The pro version costs $5.99. This app is available for download for Android devices only.

4. Torque – This amazing app can actually connect with your car’s computer system and give you realtime fault codes, sensor data and much more. Torque is a diagnostic tool that uses a special Bluetooth adapter that connects with your car’s computer allowing you to lay out your own dashboard with all the widgets and gauges that you want. GPS provides logs to track what your vehicle was doing at any point in time. A lite version is free, but you can pay $4.95 to upgrade to a pro version. The app is available only on Android devices.

5. CarMinder Plus – An essential app for keeping track of all your vehicles maintenance needs. The app logs repairs and tracks fuel economy. It tracks oil changes, tire rotations, and many other necessary repairs. CarMinder can help you get the most out of your vehicle. The app is $2.99 to download for Apple devices.

Aaron Gordon has a keen interest in cars and technology. Last time his car needed a fix, he used the above apps to find the best location for Subaru Repairs.

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