Our soccer mom mini van has a number of features I love and loath. Beach sand is easily vacuumed from the back. Kids can watch DVDs while I drive. One little red warning light comes on when maintenance is needed.
Another little red warning light comes on when something else already went wrong. I can’t remember which is which, which is why I practice safe mini van maintenance. But not on my Mac.
Warning Light Warnings
Here’s the deal. My husband said, “No more surprises.” After one red warning light too many we decided to look for iPhone apps which track maintenance, gas mileage, and vehicle details.
iPhone apps run aplenty, a cornucopia of apps for traveling, vehicles, maintenance.
What about the Mac? If you’re not an iPhone user but you want the same capability you’re mostly out of luck. But not quite. If you’re an iPhone user and a Mac user then you’ll appreciate Car Maintenance.
It’s what you think it is. Plus a little. And a little less.
Car Maintenance displays a photo of your car. Big whoop, right? As if you didn’t know what it looked like.
It also records your car’s year, make, model, and vehicle identification number. Again. Whoppie! It’s not like that information is difficult to find. It also stores information about your car’s maintenance and records when your next service is due.
Here’s the big whoop.
You get an alert when you’re overdue for service. Reminders of an upcoming service is good, too. Ready for another whoop? Thinking matching iPhone app?
There’s an app for that. Car Maintenance has a Mac version and an iPhone version and they sync back and forth.
That’s the way God intended Mac and iPhone apps to act.
You get choices on service entries, too. Tire rotations are important. So is an oil change. General maintenance or servicing? Of course. And many others.
You can enter dates and mileage and fill up information so you know how well your car is performing, what service was done and when (and other information), and keep the iPhone in sync with your Mac.
Hello! Multiple alarms are needed. An alarm letting me know to schedule a service.
Another alarm reminding me of a service that I should have scheduled already, and a warning that I forgot to take my car in to the aforementioned and previously scheduled service.
Come to think of it, while I’m in la la land dreaming of features to add to somebody else’s already decent Car Maintenance Mac and iPhone app, why not a feature that can also send out an email alert, and even an email message to the auto dealership to schedule and confirm my next maintenance?
That, my dear Mac user, would be a big whoop, indeed.