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3 Apps to Help Prevent Car Breakdowns

If you’ve ever had to wait on the side of the highway for a tow truck, you know how frustrating, not to mention potentially dangerous, that can be. With the use of new car technology, you can help prevent your car from breaking down on the freeway. New technology detects cars around you, and potential threats that could cause accidents. That means you're less likely to be stranded on the side of the road after a wreck. Now, new technology can alert you to mechanical problems with your car before it breaks down, so you won't be stranded thanks to mechanical failure either.

person using smartphone app to check car for potential issues and maintenance checks

1. Fixd

Fixd is a standalone software. Almost anyone can get it, regardless of car make and model. Plug the sensor into your car, and it will feed the information it picks up to an app on your smartphone. It picks up everything, from potential problems to maintenance reminders. You can easily share this information with your mechanic for quicker fixes.

2. Car Lock

This useful device allows you to monitor your car from anywhere in the world. While its primary function isn't to assist with mechanical issues, it does have that ability. Car Lock allows users to check in on their car while they're away. The device alerts when the car is started or moved without the owner inside. It can also let owners know when the battery is running low, and if harsh braking or turning is taking a toll on the car.

3. Hum

A lot of older cars don't come with the same emergency alert technology that's standard in the newer vehicles. Verizon's Hum works in most vehicles, including older models, and is an emergency alert system, but it also let's drivers know if there's a mechanical issue. The app will perform diagnostic scan and let you know if your car is due for maintenance. The invention of new technology is exciting. Devices that help alert drivers to problems before they become serious are great tools. Once you’re aware any of potential issues, it’s best to take your car into a mechanic to fix the problem and any other underlying issues. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with mechanics you can trust, contact us at Custom Complete Automotive today!

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Eric Riddles

Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.

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