Thanks to the wide variety of vehicle maintenance apps for smartphones and tablets, it's easier than ever to keep track of your oil changes, fuel consumption, repairs, and maintenance. With the right app, you'll never have to wonder when you last changed your air filter, if it's time to rotate the tires, or worry if you've voided your warranty by missing a service interval.
Here are three of our favorite maintenance apps for vehicles:
With its intuitive, easy-to-use design and a host of useful features, myCARFAX is quickly becoming one of the highest-rated vehicle maintenance apps in the market today. Free for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices, myCARFAX lets users manage and track service records for up to five cars simultaneously.
Like other vehicle maintenance apps, with myCARFAX, users can record repairs and service history, set vehicle maintenance reminders, and even personalize each car being tracked with a photo and nickname. What makes this app really stand out is the real-time recall notifications - with this it installed, you'll never have to worry about missing a safety notice or vehicle recall.
The myCARFAX app also lets users search localized repair cost estimates, and find CARFAX-affiliated repair shops that offer coupons and discounts through the app. User reviews are mostly positive for myCARFAX, however, some reviewers have commented that the list of repair options isn't complete, making it tough to document some specialized repair jobs.
Compatible with most iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices, this popular app lets you track fuel mileage, regular maintenance, and repairs on multiple vehicles at the same time. This feature makes it a popular choice among families and small business owners who wish to track more than one car, van, or truck at a time.
Car Minder Plus uses color-coded lights to indicate what service needs attention right away, while the repair log lets you record the date, odometer reading, and personal notes for every repair. There's also a gas log to track current miles per gallon (MPG) and fuel costs, as well as the lifetime MPG of each vehicle.
Overall, users report this as one of the most practical, easy-to-use vehicle maintenance apps in the market today, however, there's one big downfall - it's only available for iOS-compatible (Apple) devices, leaving Android users to search elsewhere.
Android user can track the gas mileage, repair records, and expenses for multiple vehicles using the free version of this mobile app. They can also set reminders for time and mileage-based services such as oil changes, tire rotation, and coolant flushes.
aCar is touted for having a clean, user-friendly interface that easily switches between imperial (MPG) and metric (km/L). The Pro version includes advanced features like Excel-compatible statistical reports, frequent cloud-based automatic data backups, and data synchronization from other vehicle-tracking websites like Fuelly.com and TrackYourGasMileage.com.
Users report that aCar ranks among the best of all Android-based vehicle maintenance apps, earning four and a half stars (out of five) from reviewers on the Google Play store. While most users are happy with aCar, some do report troubles with the backup feature, and this app is only compatible with Android devices.