dealscarmd vehicle health system for $104.85

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Not a deal. In fact for what it is it is over priced. You can get an OBDII scanner at autozone/pepboys for approximately 75 bucks and then just google the codes.

Additionally, Autozone/Pepboys will scan codes for free - then again, google.

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From my research its one of the lowest price points for this product.

the autozone around me doesn't check for free anymore. not sure why so this is great! in for 1!

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Additionally they offer a $30 membership to a "CarMD® Vehicle Health Plan™ program." However everything they offer is free elsewhere (besides their newsletter):

"Unlimited Vehicle Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for Three Registered - Vehicles" - Edmunds, google, forums

"Unlimited Access to Warranty & Scheduled Maintenance Information -- manufacturer recommended service intervals -- for Three Registered Vehicles*" - Your own owner's manual - Edmunds.

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@mcgs999 that one for 40 bucks is a cheap knock-off. I love my CarMD because it tells me exactly what repairs should cost so I don't get ripped off. Already saved this college gal a bundle. Now I'm buying one for my sister.

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I've been needing an OBD/code reader forever...dunno about CarMD though, the name makes it sound kindof gimmicky, but from what I've heard about it, it seems pretty good.

Any benefits to getting CarMD over just a standard code reader?

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This is the company that only lets you use the reader 6 times a month and then only on 3 vehicles. That right there makes this a NON STARTER.

Even if that was not the case, I personally wouldn't spend this kind of cash. I would buy one of those other ones already linked, or hit up my local/online Harbor Freight (where OBD-II scanners go on sale for $30 more often than I change my undies). After that, hit up google with a "obd ii code xxxx" search.

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I have a much better scanner/datalogger that I use and I bought it for a lot less. CarMD is a ripoff really.

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@bebop8929: I wish my car was OBD II. I was ready to jump on that. It was, sadly enough, made in the earlier half of 1995 before Audi made the switch.

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@bebop8929: totally just bought this, thanks for the tip

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1996 and newer? lame. i could really use something like this for my 1987 VW Scirocco 16v. im pretty sure it just needs plug wires but i want to be sure.

also: why does my Woot rating show 97 at the top but only 67 next to my posts? anyone else have this sudden drop in their rating?

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@mcgs999: they get updates from mechanics all over the country about repair prices and other findings. With this you don't just get the identification of the problem, but a printout on exactly how long the repair should take and how much it should cost.

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@bebop8929: Those won't work on all cars, specifically older model Fords I've found. For instance, my 1996 Mustang can't be read by the device, as Torque doesn't find the codes for it, yet our 2005 Trailblazer works fine.

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I prefer my CarChip, it cost me around $70 bucks and stays plugged in to continually monitor (which is more important in preventative maintenance) and as a freebie also logs OBD II errors :)

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@kamikazeken: You can get the exact same thing from Edmunds for free.

This is one of those "deals" i hate to see on here. It prays on people that don't know better and gets them to spend far more than they have to. It is the nature of business I suppose but its too bad that it occurs.

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I've had mine for over a year. I like the fact that I know what part I need to get repaired, how much the part cost, labor time, and an overall average price of what I'm going to pay when I take my car to a shop. Telling a mechanic that he's over charging me and showing him the paperwork as proof has been well worth it.

Better than an over priced Toyota t-shirt any day ;)

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I got my OBDII reader off eBay for like $20, never had any problems with it and it works great.

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Really now, like everyone else has said this is an unneeded investment. Sure it's more convenient bc it'll give you all the info on costs. but if you know what google is you can search the code with the car name and then use the diagnosis to check repair costs. I got a reader at AutoZone for $45 and it comes with free lifetime membership to a online code database that is specific to the car you own and doesn't restrict how many cars you search or how many times you use it.

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go to any Advance Auto Parts and they'll scan your pup-pup for FREE ?!

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#1- Own an Android phone. Buy a cheap OBDII blu-tooth plug-in off eBay. $20, maybe.
#2 - Download Torque ($4.66) and OBDII Trouble Code Lookup ($1.99) at the Android market
#3 - ????
#4 - Profit!