Diagnose Your Car for Less


Has your car’s check-engine light become so annoying that you’ve covered it with tape? You’re not alone. But there’s a better way: You can find the problem with an Onboard diagnostic (OBD II) scanner and fix it.

Each of the top-selling scanners we purchased from obd2tool is small enough to fit into a glove box and costs less than $100. But despite their low price, they can ferret out complex car problems. All of them work on cars made since 1996. Some are handheld devices with built-in screens, while others connect wirelessly to a phone or tablet. We took all of them on test-drives that included monitoring the car’s dynamic data and introducing faults.

Although an Auto Scanner Tool can’t do the actual repair, it can turn off the check-engine light and, for example, distinguish a broken catalytic converter from a clogged EGR valve, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars, all without requiring you to get your hands dirty.

We tested each OBD II Scanner and rated them based on features, setup and ease of use. We’ve also added the Amazon rating and Fakespot grade (which looks for fake reviews) for each scanner.

Not only will a good Professional Diagnostic Tool save you money, it’ll also make your life much easier. If you’re looking for a good OBD-II scanner that’ll give you the best bang for your buck, there are a few things that you need to know in order to make a well-informed buying decision.

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