Does It read and record the vehicle odometer?

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Tracking mileage for the IRS requires beginning and ending odometer readings. Can Automatic do that?
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Paul Newhouse

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No, unfortunately, we don't get that data via the OBD port, Paul. It will track the mileage of all your trips and you can tag them as business. Here's an FAQ with more on that. We've also got app integrations on our platform for business use. 
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How about an option that if you tag a trip as business that it prompts you for your mileage? You could then report out an ending mileage and a calculated starting mileage? And you could even set a calculated end mileage based on the last reported mileage and any trips logged since then, with a 'confirm' button, or allow the user to scroll to a higher mileage to account for any trips taken by other drivers or not logged within the app. Or you could use some IFTTT recipe to record trip details to an online spreadsheet which uses some formulas todo some similar calculations.
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Hi Mike. That would be a super handy feature! I asked our primary API / app integrations / Dashboard Labs developer about this and he said, "That sounds like an app that could be built on our platform". He's otherwise engaged for now, so... if anyone's interested in trying their hand at that: https://developer.automatic.com/

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I would like to propose to have the user enter a current mileage in the app and then the app can add up the trip after that date. But since the distance is not 100% accurate, maybe a disclaimer is required. If the user is allowed to enter an odometer reading once a week or once a month, this number should be pretty accurate.
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The IFTTT option is the best way to do this. I used it for a couple of years when I had to track my mileage for IRS reporting. It's still running now, but just not as required as before. Between a combination of the two IFTTT recipes, it keeps a pretty good record of trips and odometer readings. Both of which I got off here. One records each trip in a google spreadsheet, the other updates and resets the ending mileage in the spreadsheet at every gas refill (the first is done via automatic, the second is a manual SMS process that I have to do at the refill).
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Thanks for sharing your pro tips, Robert!
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Thank you :) using it now. Loving it!
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The only other thing I do is create a new spreadsheet monthly by copying the existing one and inserting a line with the current odometer reading at the top of the new file under the heading line in the ending mileage column to do another reset of the mileage to keep current. Originally this was how I reset the mileage before the SMS recipe.

And change the names of the spreadsheets so the the recipes which have the names hard coded in them use the new spreadsheet. Lately I've been manually adding the average MPG manually on the spread sheet on the same line as the fillip info. It has to be manual since the number of trips between the fillups varies and I haven't figured out a programmatic way to determine which row had the starting mileage of the previous fillup.

I found it easier to keep track and note which are business, personal, or charitable in monthly spreadsheets instead of one big long one for the year.
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Odometer reading will be very helpful for other reasons.   I do not know what car model automatic work with gas to empty.  I tried it on an Acura TL 04 and Lexus IS250 2015 and neither works. Remotely checking how much gas or miles to empty and odometer reading will be helpful.

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