Zubie: The Gadget for Car Lovers, New Drivers & Families Like Ours

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When Sean and I first got married, we had horrible car buying habits. Between leases and cars that cost entirely too much for our budget, we spent too much money and were always looking for the next great thing rather than making wise decisions.

And then we grew up.

These days, we both agree that buying used is the way to go, and while Sean still loves pretty cars, we make our decisions based on need rather than want. In fact, for three-and-a-half years, we only had one car — an older model Toyota Sienna — but this summer we bought a Lincoln Navigator to make it easier to travel with 5 kids and for peace of mind so that no one is ever stuck at home in the boonies without a car!

While we like the cost savings of buying used and have had great experiences buying fairly high mileage vehicles, maintenance and prevention becomes even more important with older cars.

Enter Zubie.

This handy gadget is compatible with most cars manufactured after 1996 and helps you monitor your vehicles, diagnose repair problems and take the hassle out of daily driving. Simply plug this tiny device into the standard port available on most vehicles and then use the smartphone app to connect to your cars.

Zubie offers various problem alerts so you can take care of car problems before they leave you stranded:

  • Engine Diagnostics: Receive the problem codes reported by your engine and understand what they mean.

  • Check Engine Light Translation: Translate the Check Engine light into plain English so that you can know exactly why the light is on and avoid unnecessary trips to the repair shop.

  • Dead Battery Alerts: Track battery levels and be alerted to a dying battery before it actually dies.

  • Repair Cost & Insight: Know how serious a problem might be, and receive an estimate of likely repair costs before you go to the repair shop.

But that's not all! It also lets you track and improve your driving, monitor and coach teen drivers, coordinate trips with friends, track the location of family members and receive alerts and manage your driving habits to keep your car in top condition!

Zubie is sending us a key so we can test out the service for ourselves, and my husband is most excited about beingable to read those pesky engine codes without having to take it into the shop every time!

Share Zubie with the car lovers, new drivers or techies in your family this Christmas. Because Zubie makes driving and car maintenance easier and less expensive, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year long!

Order today: use code SAVE20DEC and SAVE 20% on your Zubie Key plus one year of service. Offer good through January 31, 2014. Shipping charges apply.

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