Check out our list of 9 iPhone apps for your car-related needs. Each app links to a full review, so you can get more information on the features and cost of each app. Enjoy! Fuel Consumption / Efficiency: AccuFuel Maybe you’re into hypermiling, or maybe you’re […]

Check out our list of 9 iPhone apps for your car-related needs. Each app links to a full review, so you can get more information on the features and cost of each app. Enjoy!

Fuel Consumption / Efficiency: AccuFuel

Maybe you’re into hypermiling, or maybe you’re just looking to see if your car needs a tune up, but if you’re looking for an app to track fuel consumption and efficiency, then I really like AccuFuel. The interface is simple and doesn’t get in the way of entering information quickly. AccuFuel produces graphs of your fuel efficiency over time for multiple vehicles.

Service Tracking: Car Care
Care Care gives you a way to track service expenses on multiple vehicles. The tracking reports might be too simple for some, but the fuel consumption tracking features that are also included might make it a good buy for the person looking for an app that will do both.

Cheap Gas: iGasUp
Everyone needs help finding cheaper gas these days. iGasUp has the most accurate and the most current data available. Read the full post to see some free options as well.

Expense Reporting for Mileage: MileBug
In my job, I need a way to track mileage for work trips around town. MileBug does a great job of providing a really simple (and IRS friendly) method of tracking my trip logs. I really like how I can export the reports to email for reimbursement and reporting.

Carpooling: Carticipate
Carticipate isn’t quite there yet as the community continues to grow. But if you’re looking for ride-sharing info in an iPhone app, this free download is where it’s at.

Parking: Parking Meter
Parking Meter is a simple app to track where you parked your car and/or how much time is left on that meter. I don’t always need the GPS location of my parking spot, but I like the ability to send myself SMS reminders before time expires on the meter if a meeting goes long and I forget to run out and drop a few more quarters in the slot.

Speed Traps: Trapster
Trapster helps you avoid speed traps and traffic cameras as you drive. The audible voice warnings are driver-friendly and help remind you to check your speed and drive safe.

Car Buying: iLeaseMyCar
If you’re looking to buy a new car, iLeaseMyCar (and now iLeaseMyCar Pro) is a great tool to carry with as you look at financing costs. This app lets you calculate your payments by changing your down payment, interest rate, and so on. Another app to check out is Auto Fuel Economics, which gives you a very simple run down on the fuel costs for two different cars with different MPG ratings.

Music: Shazam
I find Shazam indispensible for figuring out what song is playing on the radio as I drive around. I love the simple interface that’s easy to use in the car and the accuracy, even with some background road noise.

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  3. Will Stevenson Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    I’d include http://dynolicious.com, it’s an interesting real-world application of iPhone hardware features for the Gear-heads among us…

  4. Check out Q-Dialer, it creates buttons out of the pictures of people in your address book. The reason this is a good app for drivers is that the buttons get bigger the fewer you have. If you only have 4 contacts configured in the Q-Dialer, the buttons are quite large and easy press.

  5. Darrell Etherington Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    “Say Who?” is a really good freeware voice dialer. I’ve not had it screw it up yet, and I tend to mumble: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=293548215&mt=8

  6. One of my Favorites is “Take me to my car” One touch when you get out of your car and one touch to see where your car is, how far you are away and how to get back to it.


  7. Have you tried TripAlyizer? This little app not only calculates your MPG but also gives you an efficency score of how good a green driver you are. To help make you a better driver. It also measures your current speed, heading, number of stops, and gives you your cost per trip, it also let’s you log your fuel ups. I have already saved just by using this app.

  8. Gudrun of Kitchen Gadget Girl Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    there you go – 9 more reasons why I need an iPhone (like I needed anymore!)

  9. I really like fuelly.com which has a mobile version that works on iPod Touch and iPhone.

  10. combined with an ipod FM transmitter, pandora/flycast are indispensible for any iphone/itouch owner, listen to your own radio station anytime you want? DONE!

    oh, and i know that a lot of the FM transmitters that would normally charge an ipod don’t charge an iPhone. I did find one though, made by DLO, and it works like a charm!!!

    highly recommended… http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8734499&st=dlo+fm&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=1201913280655

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