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I bet each of you who drives, at least once in your lifetime, has been let down by a car. It’s always a bummer when you’re on a road trip with your crush, cruising somewhere on Route 66, or when you and a bunch of your friends are 45 minutes away from San Francisco where you’re about to present your mindblowing start-up at a Tech Crunch event, and your car breaks down.

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 It always happens out of the blue. You never expect such a drag. Of course you don’t. If you did, your crush wouldn’t be sat right next to you, dolefully thinking she’d be better off with a guy who drives a more reliable vehicle. Otherwise, you and your geek buddies wouldn’t be sitting in the back seat of your 2002 Corolla dreaming of billions and a term sheet. The orange or green, or whatever the backlight color of your dashboard is, the “check engine” light always comes like Cassandra – with bad news. 

So what ways are there to prevent these possible tragic occurrences and many other nightmares? There are at least two ways: maintain your car like a pro, which doesn’t appeal to everyone; or to get “FIXD”! 

GET WHAT?

FIXD is a combo of hardware and software that’s been designed to interpret everything your car tries to tell you from the vague mechanical signals into simple language. No more puzzled looks from a mechanic at your local repair shop, and no more false promises “to figure it out in no time.” Now, you’re in full control of the state of the health of your car and your maintenance budget. 

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HOW DOES IT “FIX” WHATEVER IS BROKEN?

Every car that has left an assembly line since 1996  carries a pre-installed OBD-II port. OBD stands for “onboard diagnosis” and the port is usually found somewhere down under the steering column or in a glove compartment. It’s generally used by professional mechanics to hook up a full-sized laptop to a car for the purposes of scanning to troubleshoot issues. The average driver may not even be aware of the port’s existence. 

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Manufacturers do hide these connection jacks well a lot of the time, and if you’re having a hard time hunting out yours, “FIXD” comes to the rescue. You can use the “FIXD” port locator tool that’s available online and it will navigate you to where exactly the OBD is in your type of vehicle. 

With the “FIXD” device, you no longer need cumbersome equipment or specialized training to figure out what’s wrong. Once you’ve plugged in the sensor, leave it there to do all the work for you. There are no worries about recharging your “FIXD” – it’s powered by the battery of your car when the engine is running or ignition is on. 

HOW DO I FIND AND INTERPRET THE VERDICT?

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While the sensor itself is just like a brush, you need a canvas to enjoy an image. The next thing you need is the FIXD app, available for both iOS and Android platforms. Launch the app, create an account, connect your phone to the “FIXD” device via Bluetooth, and you’ll see what your car has to complain about. If you’re totally out of luck and ideas, your vehicle can tell you a lot!

As claimed by the company, the sensor can identify almost 7,000 maladies affecting your car that may cause the “check engine” light to turn on and bug you. Although the device isn’t programmed to list all of the issues the app can find, it does warn you about the major flaws in your vehicle, such as an O2 sensor failure or the engine oil overheating. 

If you guess that the identified problems aren’t significant, your “FIXD” can clear the “check engine” warning light, as well as some other irritating signals, including an airbag error, ABS, or stability control issue. Though it may appear quite tempting to get rid of the symptoms instantly, it’s strongly recommended that you don’t ignore your sensor’s hints. It was designed to serve a useful purpose. 

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE “FIXD”? 

First off, it’s not a revolutionary technology. There is a range of similar car health tracking devices, like the Autophix OBD2 Scanner, CarMD, Zubie Key, and others among them. According to the company, it’s the product’s simplicity that makes “FIXD” stand out. 

By breaking down complicated, coded, technical data into understandable terms, the device wins the battle of user-friendliness. Further, the sensor is widely available at some of the largest retailers – something not all of its rivals can boast. 

SHOULD I BUY IT?

For just $59 for a single “FIXD” scanner, you get a decent product that has already been tested and accepted by users. Its features provide a clear picture of the car’s current condition and can reveal dark secrets about its past. All in all, the device could be the ace up your sleeve that you need when purchasing a pre-owned car or working on maintaining any other vehicle. Taking all this into account, “FIXD” a wise investment.

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