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Identify Auto Problems with CarMD

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Diagnose car trouble

CarMD is the perfect gift for anyone who spends a lot of time driving. This small handheld unit allows you to identify auto problems before having to taking your vehicle into a mechanic and much more.

Diagnose car troubleThe CarMD is a unique handheld device that allows the user to identify "Check Engine" light problems and monitor the health of his/her vehicle. It can tell you why your "Check Engine" light is on, determine if your vehicle is "road trip ready," see if your vehicle will pass an emissions "smog" test, examine a used car before buying it, and double check what your mechanic tells you.

You simply plug the handheld tester into a vehicle's OBD2 Data Link Connector (which can be found under the dashboard), turn on the ignition, and wait for the tester to collect your vehicle's information. Then, take the tester, plug it into your computer to download user-friendly reports via the CarMD website. CarMD helps identify the most likely problem and what needs to be done to correct it.

CarMD, which fits easily inside a glove compartment, sells for $89.99 at

It received the coveted 2007 CES Innovation Award from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for outstanding design and engineering excellence in consumer electronics, and has received positive reviews from numerous critics both within and outside the automotive industry.

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