MotorEasy has launched a warranty product with a plugin diagnostics tool, which “heralds new era of maintenance and repair”.
The 'FitC' plug-in device connects directly to the engine’s ECU via the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) port to provide instant diagnostic data directly to the user’s smartphone.
This data was previously inaccessible to drivers without paying for a diagnostic service at a garage.
The product’s early warning system means that potential faults can be identified before the vehicle breaks down.
After a fault is detected, it is flagged in the connected app and FitC connects drivers to repair centres via the MotorEasy service desk.
MotorEasy, has a nationwide network of 10,000 garages, says the new software “heralds a new era of vehicle repair and maintenance” in which vehicle owners have vastly more information at their fingertips.
From the first day of purchasing the FitC product, drivers will be covered by MotorEasy’s warranty scheme, which includes a free health check and complete wear and tear protection.
MotorEasy’s founder Duncan McClure Fisher said: “Lots of people have warranties, which are great for offering protection against unwanted repair bills. But now we’re able to help motorists avoid even getting to the stage where they need repairs because we can help them predict faults before they happen, using our on-board telematics technology.
“It’s the best of both worlds for the driver – heading off problems at the pass and protection if the worst does happen.”
Alongside fault notifications, the FitC telematics technology can measure the battery status of a car, offers a ‘find my car’ feature and delivers driver behaviour scoring to improve safety and reduce fuel consumption. The device also reminds drivers when their car is in need of a service.
The FitC component is included under a new MotorEasy warranty scheme, available as a 24-month or 36-month contract.