From finding the nearest and cheapest gas station to tracking your car’s mileage and maintenance, iMotorManager can be used for just a few features or as an overall family plan to reduce the cost of keeping up with cars. Unfortunately, while the idea is good the app has a few problems that need to be ironed out.
When you start the app for the first time, enter your name and email address to have your information stored on the iMotorManager website – that way your info is stored in their central database and you don’t have to worry about losing the data if you change phones.
The icons at the bottom give you four choices; vehicles, gas stations, services and coupons. I began by adding a car. Select a year, then choose the make, model and trim from their extensive list. Enter the zip code of the garage and the mileage of your car, and hit save.
The app closes completely when I hit save. When I opened it, it did save my car, which was listed under vehicles. However, I tried several times to add a second car. The app consistently closed when I hit save, but the second car (I tried several different makes and models) never actually saved.
The fuel locator feature works perfectly, using your current location to provide a list of the nearest gas station, along with a sliding scale comparing prices, the address, and a Google map of the location. The service feature also worked well for me. You can browse for the nearest stations that can help you out with services like oil, brakes, tires, washes and bio diesel. The app provides you with the distance and a map.
Unfortunately, iMotorManager continued to crash on me. I made changes to keep track of my care by using “Gas Up” to enter the gallons and price and type of gas, and the other services costs as well. The app locates the station you’re in, which is pretty cool, and you can adjust your mileage each time. However, I was never able to add a second car, so until that little bug is fixed I wouldn’t recommend it for families. However, the concept is great and I wouldn’t be surprised if the next version is worth checking out.
iMotorManager requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.