With the iPhone sporting thousands of apps, it’s difficult to know which ones are worth your time and money, and which ones are best kept in the download dustbin. Purists might balk, but utilizing various apps for your daily commute can not only save you gas and money, but more importantly, time. Here, we’ve laid out some of the best car-related apps for your favorite Apple device. For this iteration we’ve stuck to the apps that won’t cost you any coin, digital or otherwise. Read on.
Kelly Blue Book (Free)
Give yourself that automotive edge next time you’re haggling on the lot or behind your local Wal-Mart with this handy app from Kelly Blue Book. You can search for specific makes and models, and receive accurate, trusted KBB figures for what your current car is worth. If you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, KBB can help you find local dealerships and will even compare multiple cars side by side.
Everyone loves to save money at the pump, which is exactly why GasBuddy is a must-have in your app arsenal. Now you don’t have to waste time circling the streets and wasting precious petrol in the process. Simply load up the app, enter in your zip code, or use your iPhone’s built-in GPS, and you’re treated to a list of gas prices for your surrounding area. You can even search by various grades of fuel, like premium and diesel.
Let’s face it, accidents happen. And when they do, it’s not always easy to stay calm – and even harder to know exactly what to do while you’re shaken up. That’s where iWrecked comes in. The free app walks you through every detail, from collecting the other driver’s insurance information to jotting down when and where the accident took place. It even reminds you to snap pictures of the incident in case your fender bender buddy tries to weasel their way out of coughing up for repairs.
Repair Pal (Free)
The name says it all. RepairPal lends you a helping hand with keeping your vehicle’s repair history and maintenance accurate and up-to-date. The app allows you to cross reference various types of repairs so you know your mechanic isn’t pulling a fast one, and a roadside assistance network is also on hand in case you get caught in a pinch.
EBay Motors (Free)
Access to the eBay Motors marketplace on your iPhone has never been easier thanks to this easy to use app. Users can shop for cars and motorcycles by searching the year, make, or model. Got a side project you’re working on? Looking to fix your car on the cheap? The app lets you browse for parts and accessories, and there is even a neat feature where you can snap a picture of any car you see and the app will automatically search it for you.
When you’re driving, it’s good to know what’s up ahead, which is why Waze has become invaluable part of our daily commutes. On top of being free, Waze alerts you to upcoming police traps, accidents, road hazards, and traffic, all in real-time. There is an automatic re-routing feature that lets you adjust for congestion on the roads. And best of all, Waze offers complete voice-guided navigation, so you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.