CarMD is a diagnostic tool I have known about and used for years. They have announced the launch of CarMD Garage, a turnkey online tool for car and truck owners. The CarMD Garage service enables anyone to input a vehicle’s year, make, model – or vehicle identification number (VIN) – and mileage to generate a free CarMD Garage Vehicle Health Report with information that can reduce the cost of vehicle ownership and extend a vehicle’s life.
To generate a CarMD Garage Vehicle Health Report for your car or truck, visit www.carmd.com/garage. I pulled a report on one of my cars and the information was very useful.
According to the company: “CarMD Garage offers a way to find solutions for some of the most frequently searched for vehicle service and repair information as well as automated, accurate parts purchasing,” said David Rich, CarMD’s Technical Director. “Different CarMD Garage features will appeal to different markets, whether you are a consumer who just wants to stay on top of your vehicle’s performance, a DIYer (do-it-yourselfer) who wants to service your own vehicle or get details and estimates for repairs.
Each free CarMD Garage Vehicle Health Report may include the following information:
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) decoding
- Average miles per gallon (MPG)
- Service Maintenance Due
- Warranty Status
- Predicted Failure count
- Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) count
The following optional Premium Report information for most 1996 to current OBD-II cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs is also available for purchase:
- Detailed Service Maintenance due with repair difficulty, parts and labor cost for each service item
- Detailed Predicted Failures with description, percentage of likelihood, repair difficulty, and parts and labor estimates for service issues likely to occur in the next 12 months
- PDF of each of the articles for all TSBs by system available for that vehicle
- Vehicle Title History Reporting, including DMV and accident history
CarMD Garage is designed for average motorists, used car buyers and sellers, as well as automotive enthusiasts and DIYers. For instance, being able to decode a VIN or look up warranty status can be helpful when listing a used car for sale or shopping for car insurance. While being able to look up maintenance due from the convenience of a phone, tablet or computer, instead of digging through the glove box to find the service manual can save car owners time and hassle.
As online auto parts purchasing becomes more prevalent, automotive enthusiasts and DIYers find that it can be difficult and time-consuming to search millions of parts online to find the right part for a specific vehicle. When maintenance is due, CarMD Garage pinpoints the right part and provides a direct link to purchase the part online, which also reduces returns for the online retailer.