By Stephen Blessing
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No more little white book! Keep track of money spent on your cars from fuel to service items. CarStat can keep track of all your vehicles. Every time money is spent on your car, record it. CarStat can then provide information on miles per gallon, miles travelled, total cost of ownership, and other information. You can also set a start and an end date in order to compute the statistics. Starting with version 1.1, CarStat supports metric countries as well. If you are in a country the iPhone OS classifies as metric, Carstat uses kilometers and liters (and the local currency). Version 1.2 will add better support for users in mixed-unit countries (users will be able to specify on a car-by-car basis if it should be miles/kilometers and gallons/liters). Cheaper than a gallon of gas!
Note-1: In order to not experience data loss like mentioned in the SmeggyDenver review, be sure to synchronize with iTunes BEFORE updating to a new CarStat version. This goes for any application, not just CarStat (it's an Apple issue, apparently). Apologies for any inconvenience. I have not heard of any issues since iTunes 8 and iPhone OS 2.1 has been released.
Note-2: A couple of reviewers have noted computational inaccuracies. Please email the exact numbers being used. One reviewer admitted the mistake was on his end. I of course use the computation outlined in Overclocker's review, but under some conditions something might be off. Also note that in Riled's review, if you do forget to note the odometer reading, as long as you get the correct number of gallons or liters (which will be on the receipt) and the correct odometer reading for the _next_ fill-up, the mpg or L/100K reading will be correct at that point.
What's New in Version 1.1.1
- Fixes bug in v1.1 for some metric countries for computing L/100k
- More sensible computation for cost per mile/kilometer (and, correctly states 'kilometer' for metric countries)
- Sync with iTunes BEFORE updating (see Note-1 in Application Description)
Not the Best for Tracking Service
I bought this app to track car service exclusively. (Tracking gas costs isn't really my thing.) Sadly, there is only one short line to describe what was done to your car. If you have work done other than an oil change or tire rotation that is going to be a problem. I hope the app expands in the future to include more space to type out what happened or even include drop-down menus/checkboxes with different parts and services. Until that day, this is a 3 of 5. Update: I wrote that original review back in July. It's now four months later and not a single update has been done. (A small bugfix was released on August 2nd.) I've backed my review down to a 2 of 5. There are much better options out there and I suggest you support those apps.
Good app but...
Id really like to see an update for this guy. One feature in particular: the ability to customize the way the list is presented. For example, have the latest entries on top instead of on the bottom. That and just overall upped responsiveness for the app is all that is keeping it from 5 stars...
Don't abandon "that little white book" for this!
This app does what it's suppose to do but data integrity is an issue. So keep your data either in a note on a iphone or in that little white book just in case this app wipes your data (and it will eventually). I see the developer is aware of this issue and tells you to sync your data before updating the app. Too bad most people aren't going to read the main app store page before they update the app.
- Category: Lifestyle
- Updated: Aug 05, 2008
- Version: 1.1.1
- Size: 0.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Stephen Blessing
- © Copyright 2008 Cogstorm LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.