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May 2014

Introducing Motion Monitor – Valets Beware


Yesterday’s update to the Zubie app include numerous performance improvements and tweaks to the experience.  But in particular, we want to note a  a great new feature that will be welcomed by car lovers everywhere. Yes, that means you. And unfortunately, we won’t be making any fans amongst rogue valets or joyriding teenagers. Remember the last time you handed your keys over to a valet trusting him with your baby? While you spent the next few hours picking at your steak and playing the valet scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day off in your head? The new Motion Monitor feature lets you hand over the keys, knowing that you will be alerted to any activity automatically.

Turn on the Motion Monitor when you leave your car keys with someone else, or at home. It is accessed from the vehicle status display. Indicate the duration for which you want it to be active, and then rest assured that you’ll be the first to know when anything happens. At this time, you will be notified any time the engine is started. And in upcoming iterations, this will include other alerts such as hard acceleration and braking, driving outside of the immediate vicinity or speeds in excess of 45 MPH.

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The Motion Monitor also lets you leave your car at home without worrying about your teenager or his friends taking it out for a joyride. Of course, that would never happen- but consider this just a precautionary measure. One last thing…if you do find that your valet was re-enacting scenes from Grand Theft Auto, and you decide against better judgement to stage a confrontation, you are on your own. We can’t help you there.

photo courtesy of HyperVocal

Car Shopping- Smarter with Zubie

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My wife and I recently and reluctantly agreed that our sedan is a bit too crowded for our family. It’s just not fair to our spine or our baby’s head that unnatural body contortions and olympic-style gymnastics are required to put our child in his carseat. He’s 2 years old now and a growing boy needs his room! At any rate, since our wife and I have shared a car for the last couple of years, we decided to add another vehicle to our family.

After some research, we decided on a particular set of vehicles to test drive that we believed would be fit for the clan. My wife and I approached both a private party seller and a dealer for test drives. Also along for the ride is the Zubie key and app. For each of our test drives, the key was plugged in to analyze the vehicle’s systems for any reported issues and also gather the True Market Value from one of our data partners,


Whoa! For one of the vehicles, Zubie reported an issue that was not being reported by the car’s check engine light. Good catch! The other two vehicles did not report any issues.

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After analyzing the data from each of the test drives, we pursued a vehicle of interest for negotiations. Using the estimated market value, I kept this in my back pocket for working out a workable price for a sale. We walked away saving money and the benefit of knowing the car was not reporting any issues.


#Zubiemom Contest Winners!

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Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you to all who entered our #zubiemom contest!

We had some fantastic entries and have selected seven wonderful Moms that will receive a free Zubie Key.  These women deserve the world!!

Read the winning tweets below:

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