That glowing check engine light have you worried? Don’t stress out. Automatic allows you to ditch the mechanic (at least for the diagnosis aspect). It connects to your car’s computer via the OBDII connection (just like a mechanic’s diagnostic computer) and will read the trouble codes stored there. The app is free, but it’s $99.95 for the OBDII accessory. Still, it can save you a lot of time and hassle, particularly if you’re just resetting a code from a loose gas cap. Sadly, Automatic doesn’t do the repair work, so you’ll still need to play nice with the mechanic.


Sick and tired of filling up at the gas station only to find out that you could have saved several cents a gallon at a station just down the road? GasBuddy is the app for you. While it’s only available for iOS, it’s super handy and can save you a ton of cash over the course of a year or so. All you’ll need to do is input your location information (zip code, or city and state), and you’ll be provided with a list of gas station prices and locations.



Have a lead foot? Are you one speeding ticket away from having your license suspended? Maybe you’re just worried about the increase in your insurance premiums if you get caught speeding. Whatever the case, Trapster is a very useful app. It offers information about speed traps around the world, and boasts over 14 million users. The app not only warns you (via voice alert) if you approach a speed trap, but can also provide warnings if you go over the speed limit. Other information can also be provided via the app from users, including breakdowns, bottlenecks and other hazards that might put a crimp in your day.

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