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Vehicle Maintenance Records

Tried to do a search, but didn't come up with anything.

Anyone use an Android app that can be accessed from a desktop, to keep track of your vehicle maintenance?

I use fuelly to keep track of mileage, and they purchased an app called aCar - but I found it difficult to maintain more than 1 vehicle. Seemed like there was another snag I had, but I stopped trying about a year ago and can't remember.

Anyhow - what do you all use? App or otherwise.

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I like the idea of an app to keep up with maintenance but unless its car based or somehow connected to an OBD data logger like the insurance companies use to make sure you're a "safe driver" I dont see it working well. The newest vehicle I own is still ODBI

Personally I try to do maintenance by time and not mileage because I NEVER rememeber mileage increments. Oil changes, basic inspection, and tire rotation every three months if I drive something regularly.


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Personally, I use "MS Office / Excel".
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I use the free version of aCar on my android. pretty sure with the full version you have the ability to download or sync to your PC, but why bother??

it is a little clunky but suits my purposes for keeping track of oil changes, fill ups and things like that..
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Like White Dragon, I also use MS Office / Excel. I can account for every cent I have spent on my 82 FSB (except for gasoline) since I bought the vehicle in August of 1986. My maintenance and upkeep on this vehicle far exceeds the purchase price. It has over 300,000 miles and is on the third engine; C6 and transfer case have been rebuilt only once. Too many brakes, headliners and original style seat covers to remember, plus one padded dash and one console replaced.

I have a 66 Mustang that my son and I have restored - do not even want to track the money spent on that one!

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I appreciate all the feed back.

I thought that an app would be more handy, but it's appearing more and more that excel might be the best way to go about it.

I keep track of my fuel via fuelly - and with that I can track mileage to the date (nearly) and what I've spent on fuel as well.

The phone app for fuelly is quite simple, even with multiple vehicles.

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I use a a sheet of paper with a 3 x like 10 grid on it and just write in any services I do. I have one for oil changes and one for repairs. Always write the mileage and date. I do this for just about everything. I also write the mileage and date on any oil filters with a paint pen. On the families' vehicles I write the oil change dates/mileage on whatever plastic cover is easily visible, because I forget to write theirs down alot, and the stickers seem to often be illegible for some reason.
I have a folder just for maintenance records. I've learned that when it comes to records and notes I tend to do better with paper and pen than computers. More easily acessible, I don't have to sit down, and I can grab them with greasy hands and not give a shit. I tried using a notes app on my phone once and found it slow and awkward.

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I use an iPhone app call Logbook by tinkerbuilt. Has lots of cool features and can track multiple vehicles. By mileage or time. You can create custom maintenance items too.


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Never tried since I'm using Excel to keep/track all the records, but I saw this app called aCar which looks handy.
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The blog idea is a pretty good idea.

Checked out Logbook and it appears it's only offered for apple

Tried aCar, but there is no online accessibility.

Also checked out Fuel Buddy, but you have to pay for the app to have online access, and even then I'm not too impressed.

I've decided to try out google excel.

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There was a CarFax on my 93 when I bought it. Since I've owned it I have tried to add service records to the report, but CarFax makes it hard to do. Hence I have a folder I keep in my desk with receipts and mileage to whatever has been done to either Bronco. No computer programs here. Shit! I've gone thru 4 computers in the years I've owned the 88! Hard paper here!
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I've gone thru 4 computers in the years I've owned the 88! Hard paper here!
I'm going to attempt record keeping with Google excel. That way I can do it anywhere I can log into a computer or phone.

We'll see how that goes.
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Just started compiling my information on the 3 vehicles that I have.

It's convenient that I've had fuelly.com for a while now. I can use the dates from the receipts to find the mileage from Fuelly.

I've been somewhat computer literate for a while - sometimes I amaze myself on how unorganized I am with all that's available. And all that I've done with vehicles since college (or any projects)...
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I use the little 3x5 pocket notebooks... less than a $buck at WallyWorld, one for each vehicle. I note maintenance/date/mileage, and keep often used info like wheel lug and oil drain plug torque, oil change capacities, etc on the inside covers. They live in my toolbox in the garage so they're always handy when working on the vehicles.

I keep a file folder of receipts for each vehicle so I can add up numbers if I'm feeling masochistic....

I've tried a couple of the 'digital' record keeping mechanisms, but always go back to pen and paper...

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Same as Rodan. I've tried all sorts of Maintenance apps and programs since I had my WinXP computer and Dell Axim x51v PDA and I keep going back to the same way my Dad has been doing it for the past 65 years.

Spiral Bound pocket-size notebook that I bought a pack of a few years ago and I keep a pen in the spiral and use it to make my notes. I actually keep 3 or more in my vehicles. One is only for maintenance stuff. the others are for general note taking.

I even currently use a Galaxy Note phone and have it with me everywhere I go and still just don't find these apps anything more than a catchy gimmick. You can use your cell phone to make notes and have it sync automatically to your cloud storage and do all sorts of other things. But, when it comes down to it, there's nothing easier and simpler to do than reach in the glove box, grab your notebook, write your notes, throw it back in there until you need it again. That one notebook will probably last you longer than your next 2 or 3 cell phones unless you are keeping serious notes on every, minor detail of what you do to your vehicle. In that case, you need a bigger, probably more special kind oof log book for your project.
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I'm old school......a simple file folder with every receipt for parts/maintenance in chronological order. Pretty easy actually and makes buyers happy when they ask "do you have any maintenance records". I grin from ear to ear and say "yes, DETAILED records actually". I have done that with every vehicle I've owned since I was 16. Even did it with 4wheelers prior to having a license. I was "that" kid who asked for a 2 door filing cabinet for his 15th birthday. I seriously get turned on by a vehicle's history of maintenance. IMOP, you cant hand over an app to a potential buyer.... I still do it to vehicles that I'm not planning on selling.

In addition to the folder I use Excel for my work truck and Bronco's that are for sale. Thats simply to keep a constant tally, not so much when a scheduled maintenance is due.

Here's my folder for my Superduty......



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I'm old school......a simple file folder with every receipt for parts/maintenance in chronological order. Pretty easy actually and makes buyers happy when they ask "do you have any maintenance records". I grin from ear to ear and say "yes, DETAILED records actually". I have done that with every vehicle I've owned since I was 16. Even did it with 4wheelers prior to having a license. I was "that" kid who asked for a 2 door filing cabinet for his 15th birthday. I seriously get turned on by a vehicle's history of maintenance. IMOP, you cant hand over an app to a potential buyer.... I still do it to vehicles that I'm not planning on selling.
Yea, I somewhat keep a folder of receipts. I've mostly kept major costs - or anything above normal 90 day/3k mile maintenance.

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