We depend on mechanics to keep our cars running smoothly…but I’ve always felt like mine might be overcharging me or selling me stuff I don’t really need.
And apparently, I’m not alone…a recent AAA survey says that more than 66% of Americans feel the same way.
I wanted to figure out if my auto repair shop was being honest or ripping me off.
That’s when my friend told me about FIXD…it’s a device that’s supposed to tell you what kind of work your car needs done AND how much it should cost to fix things.
Sounded pretty good…but I wanted to test it to see if it was all it was cracked up to be.
Spoiler Alert: It is…and if you own a car made after 1996, you’ll want to check it out too.
What Is It?
FIXD is a little car scanner (called an OB2 scanner) that communicates with your smartphone via Bluetooth.
It tells you, in plain English, what’s wrong with your car (if one of your warning lights are on), what maintenance you’ll need soon (based on your mileage), and how much to expect to pay for those repairs.
The above mechanic calls it the “Mechanic that’s always with you”…and it’s clear why.
How It Works?
When you buy FIXD, you get this little scanner that plugs into the OB2 port that’s available in any gasoline powered vehicle built after 1996 (this is the year they required all vehicles to have this port).
This is the same port that mechanics plug their readers into to run diagnosis on your car.
After you plug it in and start your car, you open the app on your smartphone (it’s free and available in the Apple and Google app stores) and click the big green button to start the scan.
Once the scan is complete, you’ll get a few items:
Warning Light Diagnosis (If Applicable)
If you’ve got a dash warning light on, it’ll tell you WHY it’s on, HOW SEVERE the issue is, and how much you should expect to pay to fix it
Mileage Based Maintenance Reports
FIXD reads your mileage, tells you how close you are to your next scheduled maintenance, and explains how much you should expect to pay.
What It Did For Us:
I was skeptical if FIXD could provide any value to me as I didn’t have any warning lights on…but BOY was I wrong.
After plugging the FIXD into my truck, it gave me a rundown of what I should be expecting at my 30,000 mile check in (as you can see, I was a bit late on getting it into the shop).
It told me I should be expecting to pay between $200-300 for these repairs.
When I took it into the repair shop I’ve been using for YEARS, they quoted me $873 in repairs… and without FIXD, I would have told them to go ahead.
But armed with this information, I told them I’d get back to them next week as I had to get to an important meeting.
I drove my car straight to another repair shop and got a quote for $332…a bit higher than the estimate but a far cry from the “ripoff” from the shop I’d been visiting for years.
FIXD has already saved me about $550…and I didn’t even have a warning light on.
I’m a FIXD believer… and I’d recommend checking it out for you and your family.