Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here are my own, I have received compensation from Standard Motor Products, Inc., to review information.
Making my own fixes to my car is not something I do very often, but when I do, I feel super-manly. I like feeling manly. I also like feeling smart. So – when a mobile app comes around that helps me do both, well, naturally I’m inclined to love it.
The SMP Corp Parts Lookup Tool (a free download in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) is an app that is exactly what it claims to be: a tool for looking up auto parts on your mobile device. The mobile aspect is a very convenient feature, since cars and computers are rarely in the same room.
Check it out:
To recap: this app is for finding auto parts from any or all of SMP’s parts brands. Search is easy and intuitive, and provides loads of info on each. It’s got a bar code scanner function and up to date information.
What I Like About It
You can search by year/car, which is handy for me because that’s the information I’m most confident on. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that my wife and I share a 2008 Scion xD and a 2012 Hyundai Tucson. Brands and part names, I’m shakier on those.
The app also shows you related parts. Again, the mobile aspect comes in handy: I can check my car right then and there to see if I need additional parts. No going back and forth from the computer to the car, and better yet, no going from home to the parts store to get something I didn’t know I needed.
Saved search – for when I need to buy parts tomorrow because I’m broke today.
The VIN scan is also really sweet. I gave it a test run as soon as I downloaded it, and it pulled up all my Tucson’s info lightning-fast.
What I Feel It’s Lacking
All it doesn’t have for me is some kind of click-to-buy-now or click-to-find-in-real world functionality. An easy next step to actually get the part I need would be convenient. But, on the other hand, it’s comforting to know that this app isn’t a sales-based app, it’s really just a handy tool to look up parts, given out for free by SMP because they are an awesome company like that (more about them here: http://www.smpcorp.com). Anyway, if I really want to buy the part, I can do a simple Google search, it’s not a huge deal.
And also…Act fast, kids, there’s a sweepstakes going on now! Go to: http://www.smpcorp.com/ShareTheApp for info. Prizes include Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phones, iPod touches and more. To enter, just download the app, go to the URL I just provided, complete the registration form, and share it via Facebook or Twitter. But hurry, the sweepstakes only lasts till March 15.
If you like handy mobile apps that make you feel awesome both in the garage and in your own mind, I definitely recommend giving this the SMP Parts app a try.