Consumers everywhere have grown more functionally connected to their basic goods and appliances than ever before. This has fundamentally altered the relationship with products we use every day. Long-distance communication is no longer comprised of human-to-human messages and transactions; kitchen/ laundry appliances and other useful consumer technologies can now provide operational feedback to the end user.
Connectivity does not just pertain to the technology that sits in consumers’ homes. It travels with our population and dramatically enhances the capabilities of transportation, giving insight into it’s meaning to national and global economies.
Many of us probably aren’t aware of the sheer amount of processing power that the average new car contains nowadays. According to USA Today, a new car may operate off of 10 million to 100 million lines of code; even more than many long-distance passenger jets. Moreover, it takes many different subsystems within each vehicle to gather real-time performance and diagnostic information in order to make each vehicle’s individual components run in sync with each other.
But how accessible is this connectivity and all its information to us? Since driving a car is an attention-heavy task that requires undivided attention; can drivers really keep in touch with their cars via new generations of wireless technology?
Every year, new cars on the market come equipped with new features that allow your car to receive and share digital information in clever new ways. Whether it’s OnStar, navigation, satellite radio, a built-in wi-fi hotspot, remote start and stop capability, curfew settings for kids, or even fully autonomous operation, cars communicate with their drivers and with each other at a rate many may not realize. More than ever, a driver can know the degree of control they have over their vehicle’s various systems and interact with them in ways directly beneficial to both the driver and the car. From this network of connected car technology, potential updates and improvements, refinements can be developed from reporting and analytics can be gathered from these devices, paving the way for future breakthroughs in automotive technology.
Autonet Mobile has spent more than 15 years as a tier-one supplier of in-car wi-fi equipment and fleet management technology to prestigious automotive manufacturers such as Nissan, General Motors, and Maserati. Our trailblazing experience in connected car tech puts us in a place to bring connectivity to whole new markets of consumers, particularly those driving older used cars without built-in connected technologies.
As such, we’ve taken the guesswork out of a driver’s ability to figure out the state of their vehicles health with CarCure.
CarCure is poised to become a go-to source for consumers to stay on top of their cars scheduled maintenance and to assess the potential need for future repairs. A car owner shouldn’t need to buy an industrial-grade OBD II scanner to read DTC Codes in order to develop the savvy to understand what to do when his or her check engine light goes on. CarCure exists to help car owners know what to look for before searching for a repair shop, in such a way that expedites shops ability to make accurate repairs more quickly than ever before.
Our goal is to educate drivers everywhere on how their relationships with their cars have evolved over time, and how CarCure brings those relationships to their pinnacle.
Connect to a Repair Shop (Repairs/How Cars Work)
Once a driver’s car is connected to CarCure, that person can stay current on his or her car’s need for oil changes, tire rotations, tune-ups, parts replacements, fluid flushes, and other routine tasks. Preventative maintenance is the key to giving cars their longest possible lifespan, and CarCure serves as a “digital glove box” to make routine service bookings easier than ever.
CarCure offers consumers an additional a leg up on preventative maintenance with our proprietary Predictive Service Plan. Autonet Mobile has assembled a database of more than 110 million repair records, which can track down thousands of service logs of any given car’s same year, make, and model. Based on mileage, CarCure displays the specific repairs any vehicle is most likely to need in the coming twelve months, based on what other drivers of the same car have experienced. In addition to a manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, CarCure users are armed with a glimpse into their cars’ future, giving them the chance to be proactive and address their most likely repairs, before they ever cause a problem.
As all car owners know, life is still full of surprises. Once in a while, something simply goes wrong. Before CarCure, that was the moment that a driver would start calling up every repair shop in the area to arrange a diagnosis and an estimate.
This is where we’ve applied more of our ingenuity.
Before CarCure, most drivers wouldn’t know what exactly was wrong with their cars until they had received a diagnosis from a repair shop, which might have just been the first in a series of shops they would spend time and money at, as they relied on their instincts to find the shop that seemed the most reliable and cost effective. It’s been a tedious task that usually takes more time and hassle than it’s even worth by the time the repair is done. With CarCure, drivers have the chance to see a fair market price estimate for their cars’ exact, immediate needs in their area; we know which high-quality parts each car needs, as well as the labor rates of all the shops in our network.
It’s worth mentioning that there are more than 250,000 auto repair shops in the United States. Searching “mechanics near me,” the way consumers normally do, just brings up way too much clutter on Google Maps’ results. Nobody has got the time to sort through all of the listings and to find out how they’re different, and which one’s best.
Once again, CarCure has launched a solution. Our search for mechanics takes individual mechanics’ ASE certifications and experience into account, before choosing the shop that’s right for any driver’s specific car, right when the driver needs it. CarCure isn’t meant to be a directory, but an intelligent matchmaker.
We are devoted to revolutionizing the process of getting every car into the best shop for whatever love and care it needs now, before it ever needs more serious care in the future. Here, we’ll provide you with details on some of the most common car complaints and troubles, information on some of the best and least reliable car brands and models, tips on preventative car maintenance, and some general primers on how your car works and what makes it special.
Protect Your Car/Warranties/Payment/Money
CarCure’s pre-diagnostic capability, as well as its ability to match any driver and any car to a trusted mechanic, can be the start to saving both shops’ and consumers’ valuable time and money as they navigate car care. Gone is the wasted time bouncing from shop to shop looking for the right one to make routine or urgent repairs.
Once a CarCure user sees a fair market price estimate for his or her car’s needs, and once that person has been matched to a shop, CarCure allows the user to pay the shop for that repair immediately, before the car ever goes up on the shop’s lift. That way, users know they’ve secured exactly the services they’ve paid for.
As we said before, the best relationship between driver car doesn’t just run from one major service to another, and it doesn’t just mean taking care of things once they go wrong, it’s an ongoing commitment.
While that preventative maintenance we discussed can go far in terms of savings over a car’s lifetime, there can still be some considerable costs involved when a car owner pull the trigger on a repair or maintenance. Not everyone is able to dish out the full cost of a repair whenever it’s needed, but every car owner still deserves an easy and efficient way of keeping his or her car as healthy as possible in a way that’s efficient cost-wise.
Since manufacturers understand the importance of attracting their newest customers with perks and protection, newer car owners are typically fortunate enough to have a warranty that tends to last either three years or 36,000 miles, whichever passes by first. Some are even willing to cover a car up to 50,000 miles or more. Once a warranty expires, however, manufacturers are perfectly content to let car owners fend for themselves from then on.
CarCure is the first service of its kind to offer repair financing as part of its own platform. Perhaps a car owner sees his or her Predictive Service Plan and understands the importance of the repairs, but just doesn’t have the cash on hand at the moment. Thanks to our partnership with Dignifi, drivers can be approved for an affordable line of credit that allows the driver to book an immediately needed repair, as well as part or all of his or her Predictive Service Plan, and be insulated from having to confront a massive invoice all at once. For shops, this presents an opportunity to arrange a timeline with the car owner to complete the financed set of repairs over a period of months, allowing that shop to foster loyalty and repeat business.
For car owners wanting to avoid spending time searching for oil change coupons and the most recent short-lived repair deal, and for repair shop staff seeking to keep bays full and cycling efficiently, look here for more advice on extended car warranties, car repair financing, and more to stay up to speed on the best ways to maintain cars at the right cost.