Nowadays, you can easily find OBD II from any kind, any genre available from the market. The companies joining this market is getting more and more, making the number of competitors increases so fast. The prices range is therefore more diverse. However, some big companied still keep the high prices successfully, because they have advantageous competitive features. In general, the common prices are from 250-2500$. To get an OBD II which values for your money, you had better need to bear in minds some tips when purchasing as belows.
You first need to focus on this feature: Is that OBD II scan tool model is compatible to your hardware or your technical system. Though the OBD II compliant vehicles, the hardware can communite with diagnostic system to automatically sync with the other parts. All of system parts are standardized, so that everything goes in pairs or in groups together. There is a type called “universal scanners”, means they can fit all three hardwares. Howevers, sometimes the designs can be changed and it is up to the manufacturers. Take the Chevrolet with specified scanner models as a example.
The technical parameters also matters when we decide to choose a scan tool. It is in the manuals supported by the brands. We can not compare one with another because there is no common standard available in the market. With some models like Clymer Repair Manuals, the Environmental Protection Agency of United States mandate a standard, according to some emission readings. The J1979 specification clarified this legislation. Nevertheless, with the low-enfd tools, they can not meet all of these features. It can be fine, if you use those basic tools in most countries, but meet troubles if in the American territories.
Whether it is able to update or not is another important factor. The car companies release modern and new car models every period of time, so features to be enhanced should be upgradable too. Only by that, we can use or repurchase a new technology items. However, the basic scan tools which can have really low standard would not be able to upgrate. As a result, buying an expressive tool is more pragmatic and realistic.
Moreover, the inside features of a tool are very important too. You should consider the right outboard engine frame, which can define DTCs,… You can throw away spare parts or confusing details if you want, and tell it with the saleman. Sometimes you can be confused, and frustrated by the hard work of deciphering scan results.
You need to be careful with the logging. Also remember to choose ones which have storages, in case the car did not left the garage. Done. However I know someone out there have no an idea to be join. Do not worry, you can consult a expert.
We wish these tips are helpful to you, because we extract the very main point from all our experience. Wish you have a good trip and choose a good company – a scan tool.