6 Must-Have Apps for Car Lovers
Today, we spend more and more time in our cars. That's why app developers have stepped up their game to deliver innovative ways to help car enthusiasts save time and money, keep up on repairs, and have fun. If you love tech and cars as much as we do, check out these six apps:
Waze is the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app. It uses real-time traffic and road information from other drivers in your area to show you the fastest route to your destination and alerts you about accidents, road hazards, traffic jams and more. You can also use it to find the cheapest gas stations along your route. And, if you connect Waze to Facebook, you can see friends who are driving to your destination so you can coordinate arrival times. Download Waze for free for your iPhone or Android device from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.
Carcorder is a cool app that actually turns your iPhone into a dashcam, letting you record accidents and maybe even catch some strange or amazing footage. With Carcorder, you can switch between different recording resolutions (up to 1080P), track your location, and get alerts if you're driving too fast. Get Carcorder from the iTunes App Store for $3.99.
If you want to save on gas money, check out GasBuddy. This free app lets you search using your current location, city, or zip code to find the cheapest gas stations in your area. You can filter results by price, location, brand, and features like car washes, restaurants and rest rooms. GasBuddy will also send you alerts about price hikes so you can fill up before prices go up. Plus, if you use the app to submit gas prices, you'll be entered into a daily drawing to win $100 in free gas! You can get GasBuddy for iPhone or Android from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.
4. Android Auto
Android Auto gives you a simpler way to use your phone in your car (either on your phone screen or car display) to minimize distractions and let you focus on driving. It uses larger touch targets, a simplified interface and easy-to-use voice controls to activate a variety of phone features while driving, including calls and texts, maps, music, weather, appointments, and your favorite apps. Learn more and download Android Auto for free from Google Play.
Looking for a new car? The Cars.com app is a great place to start. Available for free on iPhone and Android devices, this app lets you search cars in stock at local dealers by make and model, and compare up to three cars side-by-side to find the best deal. You can also get car reviews from a variety of sources, view the trade in value of your current vehicle, and use a car loan calculator to figure out your potential monthly payment based on vehicle price, down payment, tax, interest rate and trade in. Find the Cars.com app on Google Play or the iTunes App store.
6. myCARFAX Car Maintenance
This free car management app for Android devices makes taking care of your car easier than ever. The myCARFAX Car Maintenance app lets you track your auto repair and service history, see your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule, get alerts for upcoming service, find out about safety recalls, find local repair shops, estimate repair costs and more. You can download myCARFAX Car Maintenance from Google Play.