Monday, November 16, 2009

CarMD Handheld Diagnostic Tool

Ever had your check engine light come on and you take your car to your mechanic just to find out that your gas cap wasn't on tight enough? No? Maybe that's just me. But if you're like me and millions of others who regularly take their cars to an over-priced mechanic for a simple fix, this handy little tool might be for you. CarMD is a personal handheld diagnostic tool you can use yourself.

CarMD plugs right into your cars computer system and reads your engine codes. Almost exactly like the one your mechanic has. It will tell you what's wrong with your car and CarMD offers access to its database. The database contains thousands of fixes from ASE certified mechanics. Fixing it yourself can sometimes be simple and easy to do do yourself, which saves you a ton of money.

The tool can produce an online diagnostic report with the estimated cost for repairs broken down by parts and labor or region, so you know ahead of time what you'll be paying if you decide to bring your car to your mechanic. You may even be able to use that to haggle the price your mechanic charges you.

In a tough economy, the $98 price tag may seem steep. But it could be worth it in the long run, especially when it comes to minor repairs and making sure your mechanic is being fair.

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