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Old 12-21-2002, 01:48 AM
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Computer software for maintenance records

Years ago the MBCA magazine had an advertisement for software you could buy to record all the services done to your car. Does anyone know of a company that sells software like this.
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Old 12-21-2002, 08:51 AM
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That would be a very simple application. I would expect that there would be some things available as freeware, but I'm not into freeware, so I don't know where to tell you to look.

In the earlier days of the PC, you would see such simple things as commercially available applications. Today most folks would just build a spreadsheet for such things. It would also lend itself to easy development with Visual Basic.

I would suggest you do a search for something like "vehicle maintenance scheduling."

Best of luck,
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Old 12-21-2002, 08:58 AM
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As Larry says, I use a spreadsheet for this - namely Microsoft Excel. I list out each fill up, oil change (or top off ;-) ), and part swap out/repair on the car. I list prices in a separate column so its easy to see how much I've spent on the car during any particular point.

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Old 12-21-2002, 09:18 AM
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Any spread sheet (Excel, Lotus, Works) will work fine. These programs are easy to set up. I've used Lotus 123 for a long time and track every cent I spend on my cars, except fuel.

When I sold my wife's 190D, the buyer was impressed with the maintenance I performed on the car over 17 years (and how little it cost).

I keep parts and labor costs seperated and also track repairs and big ticket items like tires and batteries.

As with any programming, deciding WHAT you want to do is the hardest part of the process.
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Old 12-21-2002, 10:15 AM
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Lightbulb Spreadsheets works fine!

I do also use excel. It works very well. I do keep record of every repair, partnumbers for parts I replaced, fuel consumption aso.

The best part about it is that you can customize spreadsheet for your own needs.
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Old 12-21-2002, 07:25 PM
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Computers are great, but for large tasks. The business of keeping one's auto maint. is easily achieved with a spiral binder that fits in your glove box and a .25 cent pen.

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Old 12-21-2002, 11:47 PM
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I was given a service shop software once, for mb, you put in yoru car's info and as much as you can int he program about what was done when, and then it reminds you of services, and then you check off and put notes on what is completed. Cool program, Can't remember where it is though.

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Old 12-22-2002, 07:50 AM
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Try this links:

you can search for other programs on car maintenance at:
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Old 12-22-2002, 09:35 AM
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I like Mike Murrell's reply best.

I've been closely involved with computers and software as a profession since 1974. The first computer I worked with was a DEC PDP 8. It was a 12 bit machine used for real time work. 4K of Core memory cost $2,000. I did some hardware interfacing with this machine and some some straight forward assembly language programming that related to the hardware.

In spite of my appreciation and understanding of the evolution and value of the computer, a notebook and pen still have their place. Each of my cars have a notebook in the glove compartment. In this notebook I record every fillup, oil change, tire service, parts replacement, etc., This is in chronological order and because I am recording mileage and fuel quantity, I can tell early on when fuel mileage is waining, or oil consumption is increasing.

Before electronic ignitions, the fuel mileage info was more valuable because you could tell when it was time for points and plugs.

Additionally whenever I sell a car, the notebook usually seems to really seem interesting to prospective buyers.

Good luck,
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Old 12-22-2002, 10:13 AM
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Try sign up as a user, Under "Myzone" can put in all your vechicles information and enter service records as well as future can even tell it to email you a reminder if it's due.

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Old 12-22-2002, 12:18 PM
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Matter of fact you can log on to MBUSA:
and sign in on the owners online and under service, keep all your records in the service history.
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Old 01-01-2003, 08:17 PM
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I have used a little expense book made by "At-a-glance", that is tailored for automobiles. It is only about 4 by 6 inches and fits nicely in the glovebox. I find it easier to record the mileage of all my gas receipts if I have the book in the car.
It has different column headings depending on what tab you have turned to. There are sections for Gasoline, Lube, Tires, Repairs and Maintenance. It is about $8 at the Office Max near me.
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Old 01-07-2003, 08:53 PM
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another notebook and DECMate hacker


I use the notebook(s) also in all 4 of my vehicles. Have for years.

Found your PDP note interesting. I worked for DEC for 15 years, starting with PDP-8's, then 11's, then Vaxen, then Alphas. After the 8's were no longer common we would occassionally get a request for some consulting on one. We would steal the Sales secretary's DECMate word processor ( an 8), take out the wordprocessing sw and insert OS-8.

The old PDP's were the 240D's of the computer world. I had a call from a salesman one time asking how to tell the OS version of a PDP-11. I said reboot and it will come out on the console printout (yeah I'm way old). He came back later, said they didn't know where the console was, the machine hadn't been rebooted in 3 years, and oh-yeah, it was running all the parking lots at Washington National Airport.

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Old 01-08-2003, 12:25 AM
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PDP8? Geez I don't feel so old anymore. The oldest computer I remember programming on was 486 with 4MB of RAM. I guess that's probably about as old as my 300E (1988). Of course I've had the honor to work on some VAX 4000's running OpenVMS. VMS like Mercedes is rock solid if you take care of it. Also being a software developer by trade, I continually see people who think they need a software solution for every data collection duty in their lives. For me, I let the receipts speak for themselves. Just put them in an envelope (relational of course). If you must keep records for your Panzer on the 'puter, make a backup. They just don't make things like they used to.

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Old 01-08-2003, 11:37 AM
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this morning (01/08/03) on ZDNet, there happens to be a lil' story on using your PDA to track auto-related items:,10738,2908111,00.html
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