A vehicle onboard diagnostic system (OBD) telematics link now is offered by a California company so that motorists can learn what is wrong with their vehicle before scheduling a repair shop visit. That system, made by San Diego’s Networkcar, now will compete with Mechanic Net Group, Fremont, CA, which has developed the software to support a similar system. MechanicNet tells Ward’s that an onboard telematics unit, linked to the OBD system, costs between $500 and $1,000 and ...

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