I grew up going to car shows, collecting dealer booklets, and test driving rides with my dad (I swear, it had nothing to do with living in Michigan). So the recent surge in car-related apps in the Android market got my fuel pumping. From the practical to the extravagant, more car-lovers are finding apps designed just for them. Here are some of my top picks.

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HeaterStart. It’s not nearly as involved as OnStar, or even Sync’s navigation, but it will remotely start your Volvo from the comfort of your home. What a welcome gift, given the blistering cold winter we’re having. This app is also free.

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