CarMD is designed for the do-it-yourself mechanic or anyone concerned about the upkeep of a car or truck. You can check the health of a vehicle by plugging CarMD into the data link connector that can be found—usually under the dashboard— in all 1996 or newer cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans manufactured for use in North America. CarMD also works on some Class C motorhomes.
Within seconds after being plugged in, the CarMD unit determines whether the vehicle’s systems are running normally and flashes the results on a color-coded monitor. If the vehicle is not functioning normally, the next step is to obtain a diagnosis. By using the software that comes with the unit, along with a USB cable and an Internet connection, you can obtain a diagnostic report that includes the probable cause of the problem. The report describes the most likely fix and estimates repair costs whether you do the work yourself or have it done. Parts and labor are computed by region.
CarMD.com Corp. of Fountain Valley, California, says the unit can be especially beneficial if you are inspecting a used car, preparing for a road trip or trying to determine if the vehicle will pass a smog check. The unit’s software works with Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and Vista and with most Apple systems. CarMD is priced at $98.99 and is available at www.CarMD.com and by calling (888) 692-2763.