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 |  Jun 11 2013, 12:32 PM

 

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A study released today by CarMD shows that the average nationwide cost to repair issues causing a “check engine” light have increased 10 percent since 2011. 

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 |  Oct 22 2011, 1:30 PM

Your car is making a strange noise, but you don’t want to take it into the garage for a costly examination. The alternative: give your car a check up yourself with the CarMD.

To run a diagnostic on your car, this handy handheld devise plugs into the 16-pin Data Link Connector (DLC) found on the driver’s side of your car. Just plug it in and it goes to work, seeing if it can detect a problem. It uses the same technology as scan tools found at a repair shop and the CarMD can read powertrain (Check Engine, vehicle sensors), body (ABS, brake system), and chassis (SRS, safety system) codes.

With your CarMD, you’ll also get lifetime software and firmware updates with free access to CarMD’s database. After you run your test, just plug it into a computer and you’ll receive personalized Vehicle Health Reports. It also lets you know about safety issues or recalls, and will even do some price comparisons for parts and labor in your zip code.

You can buy the CarMD Gift Pack for about $119.85 at the CarMD website.

 |  Apr 13 2011, 8:05 PM

The concept of paying it forward has really caught in Los Angeles. According to a study done by OnStar, the city ranked number one when it came to drivers helping each other when they were in need.

OnStar used anonymous subscriber interaction data to gather information on the 10 largest U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas. They found that in 2010, Los Angeles had the most Good Samaritan calls in 2010. So what is a Good Samaritan call? It’s when an OnStar subscriber uses their 365/24/7 live advisor access to report another motorist’s problem on the road. This includes car crashes, flat tires, or any other vehicle assistance issue.

“Los Angeles residents deserve a huge pat on the back for their part in reporting actionable situations to our advisors, and ultimately helping to ensure many drivers’ safety,” said Terry Inch, director of Subscriber Services. “We’re all familiar with the adage of helping one’s neighbor, but L.A. has really taken that phrase to mean ‘helping your fellow motorist.’”

Coming in first, Los Angeles made 2,449 Good Samaritan calls. That’s almost 900 more calls than the second place contender, Chicago. After the jump, see how other cities fared in the list.

 

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