Dash: The Fitbit of Car Diagnostics Apps

Looking for a great car diagnostics app available for both Android and iPhone? Check out Dash, a startup out of New York on board to become a Fitbit for your car. It includes a hardware device that links up to your smartphone to provide real-time, data driven feedback on everything from driving performance to fuel metrics to repair info, like whether or not that nasty check engine light is worth losing sleep over.

Plugs into Any Bluetooth Connected OBD Device

In addition to the app, you do need to purchase an OBD device, either from within the Dash mobile application or the Dash homepage. Already have an OBD device? No worries. The company doesn’t pull an Apple on you and monopolize their technology. It will work with any Bluetooth enabled device, which can range anywhere from $10 to $70, though of course you likely get what you pay for. Premium offerings promise better connection, better power options, and higher quality experience when it comes to understanding the engine diagnostics of your vehicle.

“Dash offers a variety of ‘connected car’ features, including the ability to track your trips, watch your gas consumption, find nearby gas prices, detect crashes and alert emergency services, understand the warning messages your car’s computer throws and even locate a reliable mechanic who can resolve the problem,” a 2014 Techcrunch article notes.

When You Need Car Electrical Specialists

Your electrical system is pretty much the nervous system of your car that connects the computer to the engine. Don’t let small problems leave you stranded in a parking lot. Many issues are related to the starter, battery, or alternator. If you see dimming headlights, it’s likely the battery. If your batter fails to charge while driving, your alternator is probably on its last leg. If the car can’t start or has problems starting, it’s the starter. It’s best to have a professional who understands electrical systems run some tests to see what’s going on before you end up on the side of the road.

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