OBD Scan Tool Buying Guide
This guide will help you use our website to buy the best OBD scan tool to suit your requirement and budget. It provides guidelines on how to use our categories and filters so you can narrow the options and end up with a tool that delivers the kind of diagnostics functions you require.
The first step in the OBD Scan Tool-buying process is also the most important—determining exactly what type of scan tool will best fit the needs and wants for you, your business or your workshop. Those needs and wants are typically determined by what type of car coverage, features and functions you want to be covered in a scan tool.
For example, a European cars specialised mechanic can go for a professional diagnostic scan tool covering only European brands! Similarly, a mobile mechanic may not require a scan tool that does all sort of ECU coding and programming if most work will be done outside fully equipped workshop. The most expensive scan tool does not always mean the best choice for you!
Think about the reasons you want to use the scan tool for…and then narrow your choices accordingly. This guide will help you identify some of the main criteria in making a good scan tool buying decision. Whether this is your first or 15th scan tool it is important to research your potential purchase carefully.
Before using this guide, please check if your car is OBDII/EOBD or OBDI compatible. Having the 16Pins OBD shape port does not necessary mean your vehicle uses the standard OBDII protocol. Check our list of OBD2 compatible cars in Australia to see if your vehicle is on the list. Alternatively if your car is not on the list and is newer than 2012 model, we can assume it is OBDII.
Engine Code Readers
Engine code readers are entry-level OBDII scanners that help you diagnose Engine Only trouble codes and know why your CHECK Engine light is on. If the trouble is in the engine system the OBD2 scan tool will tell you the problem and be able to clear and reset the fault code and Check Engine dash light. You maybe able to filter your options based on price, brand and enhanced Mode6 feature. Which is the ability to test all modes including fuel and emission health check and oxygen sensor tests.
Bluetooth/WiFi OBD2 Scanners
WiFi OBD2 scanners and Bluetooth OBD2 scanners are best way to transfer your car’s computer data to your Android and iOS devices wirelessly from the OBD2 diagnostic port. They vary in device compatibility, connection type, App compatibility and data transfer speed. Our products range from wifi & bluetooth OBD2 engine scanners to AFR Wideband smartphone gauges and battery smartphone testers and monitors. In general, these are good for monitoring of various diagnostics parameters and trip data. For diagnostics, most Apps will only cover engine diagnostics unless it is advertised as multi-system or bi-directional.
Multi-System Scan Tools
Our multi-system scan tools give you the ability to diagnose more systems on cars other than just the engine. This includes ABS, SRS, Body, Transmission and more. Depending on the scan tool, you maybe able to cover multiple systems, all systems, OBD2 cars only or OBD2 and OBD1 cars. You can also filter to find scan tools for Heavy Diesel vehicles. Different scan tools have additional service reset features like oil service, SAS, DPF etc. So if you'd like to have any or few of these functions, make sure to filter your options to narrow down the options.
Single-Make Scan Tools
If you are looking for a professional scan tool with all features and functions but do not want to invest in a scanner to cover all cars and just want to cover 1 to 5 car brands then this is the right option for you. Single make scan tools offer an efficient and effective way to diagnose the car of choice and be able to access most systems and required service and reset functions. Best for personal or specialised workshops and dealers who want to have multi-system diagnostics capability without having to invest in an All Cars Scan Tools.
Professional Scan Tools
These are best scan tools for workshops and mechanics who are looking for comprehensive diagnostic capabilities, wide car coverage for the Australian market and ability to perform many advanced bi-directional coding and programming functions.
Service Reset Scan Tools
Our service / reset scan tools are designed to allow you to perform advanced service functions on majority of cars. In addition to code reading features, these tools are able to perform other functions including Oil service and mileage interval reset, EPB, Brake Bleed, Battery replacement and programming, TPMS, Throttle body alignment, Immobiliser, DPF regeneration and many more.
Battery & Electrical Testers
Our battery testers and analysers help ensure healthy and fully functionality car batteries. Test start-stop AGM and EFB batteries. 12V regular flooded, AGM flat plate, AGM spiral and gel batteries and detect faults for 12V & 24V starting and charging systems.
OBD1 to OBD2 Cable Adapters
OBD1 to OBD2 cables and adapters help you connect your OBD scanner to vehicles that use manufacturer specific OBD shape diagnostic port. While you still need a scan tool capable of reading the specific parameters these cables and adapters will help you connect to the vehicle.