The Best Car Care Tools And Gadgets For Your
Smartphone And Computer
We have collected a list of the top smartphone applications, websites and GPS units to help you:
- Get roadsides assistance,
- Track oil changes and routine maintenance,
- Find the cheapest gas in town,
- And much more.
We’ve also included some of the best tools out there to help you purchase and service Toyota vehicles.
With our list of tools, you’ll always be prepared to handle your vehicle’s needs. Best of all, a lot of these tools are FREE or are UNDER $5.00. We’ve divided the tools into relevant categories based on your need, and all of them can help you keep track of your Toyota Parts and Toyota Accessories.
Smartphone Apps For Your Car
There are tons of smartphone applications out there to help you take better care of your car. We’ve come up with a list of some of the best car apps for the iPhone as well as BlackBerry and Android devices.
Fuel & Maintenance Apps
1. Find the lowest gas prices in town with Gas Buddy. This mobile app for the iPhone lets you search for the best gas prices. With Gas Buddy, you find the lowest gas prices by ZIP code or GPS Auto Locate. This app is priced at $2.99.
2. Track oil changes, gas and repairs with Car Minder Plus. This app for the iPhone allows you to track, chart and compare information about your vehicle. Keep track of what repairs were made to your car and when it got its last oil change. This app is priced at $2.99.
3. Get service reminders from your Android phone with aCar. This free app tracks your vehicle’s maintenance schedule as well as gas mileage and vehicle details: license plate number, make, model and year.
4. Keep track of maintenance issues for multiple cars with Car Data Manager. This Android app allows you to track driving, maintenance spending and fuel economy. This free app requires an SD card for storage.
5. Keep your car clean with the Car Wash Locator app from Exact Magic Software. This iPhone app helps you find car washes across the United States. The app includes a detailed map with clickable pins that show details such as address and phone number. This app is priced at 99 cents.
6. Find the nearest gas station with alternative fuel with the Green Fuel app for the iPhone. This app helps you find gas stations with alternative fuel. The app includes detailed maps to help you find the nearest gas station. This app is priced at $2.99.
7. Measure your vehicle’s performance with Dynolicious. This app for the iPhone and iPad measures your vehicle’s acceleration, horsepower, G-forces and more. This app is priced at $12.99.
8. Start your car with your smartphone with the Viper SmartStart app. This app for the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android smartphones allows you to remotely turn on your car. To use this, you’ll need to install Viper’s Smart Start Security hardware and purchase an annual subscription priced at $29.99.
9. See if your car is “Green” with the greenMeter app. This app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, calculates your vehicle’s fuel usage to help you increase efficiency. The greenMeter uses your phone’s built-in accelerometer to monitor your vehicle. This app is priced at $5.99.
Apps to Use for Car Accidents and Break Downs
10. Be prepared for a car accident with the iWrecked app. This free app for the iPhone is a full auto-accident assistant. Its features include a log to report your accident as well as a photo library to take photos. It also allows you to find nearby taxi and towing companies.
11. Fix car trouble with the Car Trouble app for the iPhone. This free app gives you the answers you need when your car doesn’t start. If you’re hearing a strange sound, Car Trouble takes you step-by-step to diagnose the problem.
12. Send your accident information to the insurance company with InsPost. This mobile app for BlackBerry and Android phones allows you send a complete accident report to your insurance claims agent.
13. Get roadside assistance with the AAA Roadside app. With this free app, you’ll never have to wait on the phone again for roadside assistance. You also get a list of AAA approved repair shops.
14. Know how to deal with common car emergencies with the Car Care & Roadside Emergencies app. This iPhone app is full of useful information such as how to change a flat tire as well as how to handle an engine overheating. This app is priced at 99 cents.
15. Avoid a parking ticket with Parking Mate. This free app for the iPhone allows you to set a meter timer with a single swipe of your finger. You also can take a photo or use a GPS marker to remind you where you parked.
16. Find your vehicle in the parking lot faster with Car Spotter. This app for the iPhone allows you to save the location of your parked car with GPS technology. The app includes a built-in camera and photo logs. This app is priced at 99 cents.
17. Get to the nearest open parking space with Open Spot for Android phones. This app lets you know when people are leaving a parking space. This app is free to download on Android Market.
18. Track your parking meter time with Pocket Parking Meter. This app allows you to input the parking meter time on your iPhone, so you never forget to refill the meter. This app is prices at 99 cents.
Alternative Transportation Apps
19. Share a ride with motorists with Carticipate. This free app for the iPhone and Facebook allows you to schedule trips with friends, family and co-workers. Now when your car is in the shop, you’ll be able to find a ride much easier.
20. Book a rental car while your car is in the shop with the Car Rentals app. With this free app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad you can search 15,000 national and international rental car locations. You can find the nearest car rental location using your iPhone’s GPS.
21. Find a taxi while your car is getting repaired with the TAXI! app for the iPhone. This app allows you to find a taxi from your current location. You get a selection of taxi services along with phone numbers. This app is free to download.
Car Safety Apps
22. Help your teen prepare for the driving exam with Drive Safe. This mobile app for the iPhone features randomly generated sample exams to help a student driver prepare for the written exam. The app features driver’s handbooks from every state. This app is priced at $1.99.
23. Put an end to texting while driving with the DriveSafe.Ly app. This free app for BlackBerry and Android smartphones reads your text messages and emails out loud so you don’t have to pick up your phone while driving.
24. Keep an eye on your car’s speed with the Speedometer app for the iPhone. You can track your speed in a car, truck or even a boat. The app features an easy to see, three-digit display. This app is priced at $1.99.
25. Transfer your phone calls to speaker mode with Car Mode. With this free app, your incoming calls will automatically go speaker mode. Use this Android app when you’re driving to cut down on distraction and drive safer.
Apps for Road Trips
26. Get roadside assistance with the RepairPal Mobile App. This free app for iPhone and Android devices allows you to find the nearest repair shops and towing services. RepairPal makes traveling easy and hassle free.
27. Track your mileage for a business trip with FYI Mileage. This app for the iPhone eliminates the need for a paper log. FYI Mileage allows for easy data entry. You also can email your mileage report directly from your phone. This app is priced at $4.99.
28. Find out where speed traps are at with the Trapster app. This free app for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones notifies you of speed cameras, police check points, roadway hazards and more. Trapster notifies you of police in real time.
29. Keep track of all your travel plans with TripIt. This free app for the iPhone allows you to organize your hotel reservations, rental car information and driving directions. With TipIt, you’ll stay organized on those long road trips.
30. Find children-friendly restaurants with the Kids Eat For app for the iPhone. With this app, you can find the nearest restaurant offering eat free or discount options for kids. This app is priced at $2.99.
31. Listen to books while you drive your car with the Audible app for the iPhone and Android phones. With this free app, you can download audio books directly to your Android phone.
32. Figure out the title of that song on the radio with Shazam. This free app for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices tells you the artist and title of the song playing on the radio. All you do is point your phone near the speaker and Shazam does the work.
GPS Tools For Your Car
It’s getting a lot easier to find your way around new places thanks to GPS. We’ve included a list of some of the best GPS units and GPS systems for your smartphone. With these tools, you’ll never get lost again.
GPS Navigation for Smartphones
33. Turn your iPhone into a GPS unit with MobileNavigator. This iPhone application provides text-to-speech voice guidance and includes 2D and 3D map displays. MobileNavigator also features Google local search. This app is priced at $79.99.
34. Get TomTom navigation with the TomTom app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Besides directions, the app includes real-time traffic information. The app also includes advanced lane guidance, which shows the correct lane to take at junctions. This app is priced at $49.99.
35. Get Google directions for your Android phone with Google Maps Navigation. This app is an internet-connected GPS navigation system with voice guidance. The app features street-view photos as well as search-by-voice capabilities.
GPS Navigation Units
36. Get more information on your trip with the Garmin Nuvi 1690. This portable navigation system includes Google Local Search, traffic, movie times and other real-time content. The device comes with pre-loaded maps and more. The suggested retail price is $379.99.
37. Access maps and information with the Motorola Motonav TN765t. This personal navigation system includes 3D landmarks, streaming traffic and fast, one-tap returns to map. The suggested retail price is $349.00
38. Get widescreen navigation and advanced routing with the TomTom XL 340. This navigation unit includes lifetime map updates, traffic updates and advanced lane guidance. The unit includes loud and clear voice instructions. Prices start at $179.95.
39. Know about traffic delays before you start your car with the Magellan RoadMate 3065. This premium navigator includes detailed mileage reporting as well as Bluetooth hands-free calling. The device includes detailed maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. This unit is priced at $299.99.
You may not always have your smartphone handy to get directions or check traffic reports. Below are some of the most popular and helpful online tools for your vehicle. We’ve included some tools you’re probably familiar with as well as some lesser-known websites.
Map and Directions Websites
40. Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions with Google Maps. One of the more popular mapping websites out there, Google Maps includes a variety of features including street-level views of buildings, satellite maps and more.
41. Find the best route for your road trip with MapQuest. In addition to providing directions, MapQuest includes local traffic and road conditions as well as information on nearby businesses and restaurants.
42. Get maps, directions and more with Yahoo! Local Maps. Features for Yahoo! Local Maps include live traffic, round-trip and reverse directions as well as a business search feature. Yahoo! Local Maps also has satellite map views.
Traffic Report Websites
43. Receive live traffic reports anywhere in the United States with Navteq Traffic. Get updates on weather, road conditions as well as construction zones with this website. You also can check your estimated drive time by entering your starting point and destination addresses.
44. Find out about major road accidents with MSN Autos. Get regular updates on gas prices, traffic conditions as well as top news stories with this service from Microsoft. MSN Autos includes scheduled construction as well as the traffic congestion maps.
45. Check road conditions with The Weather Channel’s Interstate Forecast Conditions. This website lets you see weather-related road conditions across the United States. The map includes details on traffic flow as well as road construction.
Fuel Price Websites
46. Learn where to find the lowest gas price in town with GasBuddy. With this website, you can search for the cheapest gas price by city, state or by ZIP code. GasBuddy includes area maps as well as a timeline on gas prices throughout the year.
47. Compare gas prices with GasPriceWatch.com. With this website, you can find the lowest gas prices near you by entering your address or ZIP code. GasPriceWatch.com includes the last time the prices were updated to help you find the best gas station.
The Best Toyota Websites And Tools
Below are some of the best Toyota websites and tools to help you purchase and service a Toyota vehicle. These tools will help you find the Toyota that is right for you and keep your Toyota on the road once you buy it.
Shopping For A New Toyota
48. Explore your financing options with Toyota’s Payment Estimator tool. This online resource allows you to figure out your monthly payment by entering information such as vehicle price and down payment information.
49. Check out photos of past and present Toyota models with the Toyota Nation Photo Gallery. This photo gallery includes an assortment of Toyota vehicle pictures along with comments to help you decide which vehicle is right for you.
50. Find rebates and incentives for Toyota vehicles at automotive.com. This website allows you to find the best deals out there on new Toyota vehicles. You can search by model and year.
51. Check out more rebates and incentives for Toyota cars and trucks at Toyota Buyer’s Guide. With this website, you’ll be able to find rebates and incentives that get you the best deal on your Toyota vehicle.
Servicing Your Toyota
52. Get reward points toward parts and services with the Toyota Rewards Visa. With this credit card, you earn points that can go toward Toyota service parts and accessories. You can also use the points toward the purchase or lease of your next Toyota vehicle.
53. Unlock the secrets of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) with DecodeThis! With this website you can find out useful information about your vehicle. Information includes standard equipment and warranty information. All you need is your vehicle’s VIN.
54. Learn about important recall information from the Toyota Website. Toyota lists recent recalls along with information on Toyota safety features. The website also discusses what Toyota is doing to fix the problem.
55. Get maintenance tips with the Toyota Scheduled Maintenance Guides. By entering the vehicle type and mileage, you’ll get a checklist of all the routine maintenance your Toyota needs.
56. Schedule your Toyota’s maintenance for the long haul with Toyota Auto Care Prepaid Maintenance. This resource allows you to lock-in service rates to protect against rising service costs.
57. Learn how to use your Toyota navigation system with Toyota’s Navigation Publications. This service provides manuals and resources to teach you how to use your Toyota navigation system. Tutorials include basic operation and key features.
58. Find your owners manual on Toyota For Owners. This website allows you to track down your Toyota’s owners manual. It also includes technical information and tutorial videos.
59. Purchase Toyota technical publications at Toyota Technical Publications. This resource allows you to search for repair manuals, electrical wiring diagrams and much more. It’s easy to search by model and year.
60. Have your teens learn about driver safety at Toyota Teen Driver Safety. On the website, they can get informative statistics and take online quizzes. The website also provides links to other helpful teen driving websites.
When deciding which of these tools may be best for you, consider the following:
- Your driving habits
- Who is driving your vehicle
- What type of smartphone you have
- Your budget
Taking these things into consideration will help you decide which of the tools above are best for you. Remember to use these tools responsibly and always think about safety first.