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Get Road Trip Ready with Carly

Moneymagpie Team 14th Aug 2023 No Comments

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Heading on a road trip this summer? New smart device Carly, could save you thousands in breakdown fees.  

13 million cars are expected to hit the roads this summer holiday[1] season, as families are opting to pack up their cars for staycations instead of flying out to other European destinations due to the cost-of-living crisis. However, with over 7,000 breakdowns happening in the UK every single day[2], luckily a new piece of CarTech, Carly, has launched, which offers a smart device with OBD scanner that has long been used by mechanics themselves to help.

Recent research shows that the leading causes for breakdowns in the UK[3] include flat or faulty batteries, alternator faults, electrical problems, Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) issues, starter motor issues and overheating, many of these problems can be diagnosed before the car even sets off.

To help motorists feel more in control of their vehicles (and finances), drivers can now use this app and scanner, which simply plugs into below the steering wheel of their car.

Likened to a “blood test for your car”, the Carly scanning technology will interpret the car’s data to alert the owner of any areas within your car that need your attention, which are vital to address before any long journeys.

For those looking to make savings, here are the top four benefits of an OBD scanner:

  1. Get a Real Time Car Health-Check
  2. Address Your Fault Codes
  3. Perform Your Own Car Service
  4. Pack Your Carly in your Glove Box for Your Return Journey

1. Get a Real Time Car Health-Check

Before you head off, it’s a good idea to perform a diagnostic scan on the car using the scanner and app. This diagnostics test provides a detailed picture of the health of your vehicle by reading out “fault codes”. Fault codes are codes that your car system uses to notify you of a potential fault detected in the car. Running this scan will highlight if there are any current or upcoming issues that need to be addressed before your big trip.

2. Address Your Fault Codes

If your diagnostics test has thrown up some issues that you need to address ASAP, the Carly Smart Mechanic feature will let you know how severe the issue is and how it can be fixed. If you’re nifty with a car part, the app will provide you with a repair guide written by expert mechanics for the issue to save you time and money.

If you would prefer not to do it yourself, make a booking with your local mechanic and tell them exactly what the issue is. This should save you time as the mechanic is aware of the fault and solution before the car even enters the garage.

3. Perform Your Own Car Service

You should perform a quick car service before your journey and no, we don’t mean the expensive one your local garage offers! The Carly Maintenance feature will help you service your car yourself via the app and will also help you keep track of your service intervals directly from your phone so you can keep your car running healthier for longer.

4. Pack Your Carly in your Glove Box for Your Return Journey

Car faults can pop up at any time, so make sure to pack your scanner to give your car a quick diagnostic scan before your return journey. The scan takes less than a few minutes, so it is worth doing for that extra piece of mind when you’re homeward bound.

The new tech already has already helped over 2 million users across Europe and the US. To find out more visit www.mycarly.com.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/jul/21/delays-jams-expected-uk-embarks-on-great-summer-getaway

[2] https://www.rac.co.uk/pdfs/report-on-motoring/breakdown-britain-report-2006#:~:text=RAC%20attends%20over%202.5%20million,the%20UK%20every%20single%20day.

[3] https://www.comparethemarket.com/breakdown-cover/content/most-common-breakdown-causes/

Disclaimer: MoneyMagpie is not a licensed financial advisor and therefore information found here including opinions, commentary, suggestions or strategies are for informational, entertainment or educational purposes only. This should not be considered as financial advice. Anyone thinking of investing should conduct their own due diligence.

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