Auto Apps for Every At-Home Mechanic

No more than 10 years ago, if you wanted to check your vehicle’s performance and systems, your only option was using hand tools. Likewise, if you wanted to monitor anything, you’d have to write it down, then log it into your computer, or keep a written copy on hand. At-home mechanics have it much easier now when it comes to diagnostics and logging thanks to these 10 essential auto apps.

Torque Pro

Torque pro app

Platform: Android

Cost: $4.99

Many have praised this app for its utility — this is an extremely informative app that helps you gather information as a OBD II diagnostic tool. It taps into your Volkswagen’s computer to read trouble codes, check horsepower and torque, monitor for failing or underperforming parts, gauge emissions, and check your transmission temperature. It’s worth the money for sure!

aCar

aCar app

Platform: Android

Cost: Free

You get a lot for nothing with this app — think of it as a journal for your car. Use it to keep track of maintenance, fill-ups, and more. There’s even an easy-to-use calculator to help you track your fuel economy. The data input into this app is backed up each month as well. This is a great way to increase the resale value of your Volkswagen — buyers appreciate a car that has records readily available.

OBDLink

obd-link

Platform: Android

Cost: Free

This is a free app that offer diagnostic functions. It’s a lot like the Torque Pro app, although some users note problems when using it from a mobile device, but you don’t lose anything from free. Check it out and gather a lot of important information about your Volkswagen.

Vehicle Logger

Veh logger app

Platform: Android

Cost: Free

This is a really good app for those looking to log their vehicle mileage and overall history. Use it to track your service and repairs as well.

DashCommand

Dash command app

Platform: Android and iOS Devices

Cost: $9.99

DashCommand is an app that tracks a ton of data for your Volkswagen. Like some of the others on this list, this functions as an OBD II diagnostic tool, and also tracks trip information. You can track things like your average speed, percentage of time spent in the wrong gear, and emissions output.

Car Minder Plus

Car minder app

Platform: iOS Devices

Cost: $2.99

Track your maintenance, fill-ups, and service with this easy to use logging app. You can back the information up in iTunes to easily organize your vehicle records.

Gas Cubby

Gas cubby app

Platform: iOS Devices

Cost: Free

This app is only for logging fuel mileage, but it’s really one of the best of its kind. You can record and chart your fuel economy so you get an ongoing history of mpg. You can also set it to remind you when it’s time for regular service of your Volkswagen.

Vehicle Logbook

Vehic logbook app

Platform: iOS Devices

Cost: $3.99

This is a great app for tracking your vehicle’s overall history, mileage, repairs, and regular service. What’s really cool about this one is that you can sync the data with your Dropbox account.

Dynolicious Fusion

Dyno fusion app

Platform: iOS Devices

Cost: $12.99

This is the most advanced auto testing app on iOS. Use it to test your horsepower, 0-60 times, 1/4 miles times, braking Gs, lateral Gs, and lots more. The cutting edge technology provides extremely accurate information. This app is well-known amongst people with modified Volkswagens who want the real numbers on their car’s performance.

Automatic

Automatic app

Platform: Android and iOS

Cost: $99 with Hardware

This is the most expensive app on the list, but it’s probably worth the price for most vehicle owners. It takes data straight from your Volkswagen to maximize performance — then turns your phone into a vehicle analytics center. Get feedback on everything from your speed to trouble codes. It will even send out a distress signal if you’re ever in an accident. Keep in mind that you’re also paying for the hardware at that price.