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The New CarFax App: More Than Just Digging Up Sordid History

by Alice

A couple of weeks ago, we tried out the new mobile phone app by CarFax.  Now, not only can you instantly do a background check (for free) on any prospective auto purchase, you can keep track of all of your cars in your virtual ‘garage’, including their maintenance schedules, your favorite shops, their estimated repair costs, and your pet names for them.

After you download the app for either your Android or Apple device, you will get a screen giving you the option to find a vehicle based on the VIN, the license plate number, or the QR code.

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Once you have entered either one, the app will have you confirm the car you are looking for.

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In this case, we were looking at a used 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that we just got in on trade.  Of course, we named it ‘My Precious’.  You are free change that name if you decide to make it yours.  But we may judge you for it.

You can also upload a photo of your car.

In addition, the app will estimate your car’s mileage.  You can manually change it, and the app will then continue to estimate it based upon your driving habits.

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You can then go to the Dashboard, which will tell you when the car was last serviced and when it will next be due for service.  My Precious is up to date on all of her shots, and her new owner won’t have to worry about a thing for at least another 5 months.

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If you want an overview of the Maintenance Schedule, you can look up what is recommended based upon the car’s mileage.

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For more detailed information on your car’s past, including any accident repairs, you can check out the Service History tab.

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You can then search for Service Shops in your area and choose a favorite.

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And, before you head out, you can estimate future Repair Costs based on past service visits so that there’s no big surprises when you get there.  My Precious has a squeaky-clean past, so there are currently no estimates available.

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You can keep multiple cars in your ‘garage’ and will receive notices for each one when service is due.  Finally, you can also delete a car and move on if you find that it has too many ghosts in its past.

Overall, we give the CarFax app two thumbs up!

 

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IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus: The Mitsubishi Outlander & Outlander Sport

by Alice

‘The best laid plans of Mice and Men often go awry.’

– Robert Burns, To A Mouse

Well, QM-ers, this week was my week to write our blog post, and I was going to make it great.  I had been planning an article directed at first-time buyers and women about the car-buying process and how to successfully navigate through it taken from my own personal experience, but amidst moving and recovering from a sinus infection, that didn’t happen.

Things don’t always go as planned.

The same can be said for driving.  Whenever you get in your vehicle, you plan to get where you’re going safely.  You plan to get off work, go to the store, and bring dinner home to your family.  You plan to get your skis, head up the mountain, and arrive at the resort with your friends.  You plan to get to that interview, that meeting, that party.  But sometimes things happen.  And, when they do, Mitsubishi has your back.

Check out our video about the Mitsubishi’s 7 Airbag System, which has helped to land our Outlander in the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick Plus this year and our Outlander Sport there for 3 years running, and Mitsubishi’s commercial about other safety features.  Our plan is to get you there safely.  Our promise is to keep you safe no matter what happens.