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Great Apps For Your Car

For the techie and the not so techie among us, here are some great apps to have available for your car. Aside from the obvious applications where you can now use your phone or tablet device as a GPS, there are also several devices to make car management easier.
Sometimes a trip to the mechanic can be a little scary, of course not at North County Import Specialists in Vista, CA, but just in case you want to be a little more informed when you bring your car in, try out this new app.

Car Trouble by HandStorm, Inc can help you figure out what is going on with your car and might just save you a lot of money and maybe a trip to the mechanic.
So are rushing to get to somewhere and you spot a puddle under your car. Then, when you start the car there is a grinding sound that does not sound good. Then you smell something strange and wonder what is going on?
Usually when you hear a new noise in your car you wonder, "What is wrong with the car, is it transmission repair or engine repair, and how long will it take to fix?" The Car Trouble app helps you figure out what is wrong with the car.
The sound might be a serious problem, or just a stone stuck in a tire tread. The puddle might be a coolant leak, or just condensation from your air conditioner. The smell could be leaking oil, overheated brakes, leaking coolant or just yesterday's lunch you left under the seat.
Car Trouble helps you by asking a series of questions that diagnose problems, allowing you to understand the problem before you make that trip to the dealer or mechanic. The app is available for iPhone and Android users.
No one is ever prepared in the event of an accident but when one occurs there is essential information that you need to record for your insurance company and your protection.

iWrecked is a great app that allows you to record all that vital information plus pictures.
The app has built-in software that allows you to use your Android device to speak into your phone an oral account and issues of the fender bender. You can also take photo which iWrecked attaches to the information you have entered about the crash. This is genius, and no searching for a pen and paper when you are flustered.
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and increase your alternate transportation efforts try.

Carticipate. This is a free rideshare app downloadable from iTunes.
Carticipate brings commuters together into a large social network of individuals looking to save money on fuel while also helping the environment by reducing CO2 emissions.
Users search for ride locations near their cities of residence or business travel. Sites can be either in the U.S. or international and the application can be configured in several languages. As the network grows, the utility of the app grows stronger. A great advantage is that users have similar concerns and environmental interests.
Save money at the pump using

iGasUp, this app helps you find the lowest prices no matter where you are.
iPhone users can download the iGasUp application, which is just $2.99, and receive the 10 closest gas stations and their fuel prices based on the phone’s current location. iGasUp uses information from Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) -- the same company that provides price data for AAA, Sirius Satellite Radio and GPS companies.
Price data is updated frequently and has a time stamp that indicates the accuracy of the price. You can then plot your course to the station of your choice using interactive Maps on the iPhone.
Your iPhone can help prevent you from possibly getting a speeding ticket. Using Trapster you can scan the area you drive for known speed traps, police hang outs, speed cameras or even stop-light cameras.
This free app displays your location on a map and then reports speed traps, which users have entered into Trapster’s network database. You can set your phone to give voice alerts of approaching speed traps. Signal cameras and police trpas show up as icons for easy recognition.
With a network of more than 330,000 users worldwide, the Trapster network has reported more than 5 million speed traps.

Dynolicious is for people who have a hot rod and want to see how well your car does on the track.
Dynolicious is an iPhone application and is similar to other performance meters (some that cost hundreds of dollars). Dynolicious is the equivalent of having a radar gun, a drag strip timing mechanism and a dynamometer in the palm of your hand -- for just $12.99.
At a touch of the screen, you can measure quarter-mile elapsed times and trap speeds, lateral g-forces, 0-60 mph times and speeds, braking g-forces and even horsepower. Dynolicious uses the iPhone's built- in three-axis accelerometers to calculate each parameter to amazing accuracy. Enter your vehicle's information and the accelerometers sense vehicle movement and translate it into to real-time data.
So there you have it, six fun and usful apps for you to try. If you have an app that you love and find useful please let us know. We would love to hear from you here at NCIS.