An OBD II scan tool will run from about $60 to about $150. ACTRON is a
company that makes 4 of them at different price jpoints within this range.
(I'm not selling Actron scan tools, I just know of them because I had an OBD
I scan tool made by them.)
OBD II is a Standard, therefore the same tool will work on any car or truck
built to the standard.
I just came from Pep Boys and they have the Actron, but the prices are much
higher than I suggested. You will still get a decent unit in your price
range, but I thought you would get a good unit for less than you were
I suggest you go to the store and get your need to touch and smell all of
the options out there, then come home and price them on eBay.
As you move up in the price points, the feature sets expand.
The best way for me is to get the touchy-feely part at the store, then price
shop online. I was at Autozone a year or so ago when I was looking for my
OBD I scan tool. I was shopping online and stumbled across the OBD II
machines, then saw them again at the parts store. My recollection was that
the price in the store and the price online was pretty much the same, but
today I found the prices to be much higher than I remember them to be.
Give the price I thought the scan tools to run in, I had myself set up for a
mid-price unit that I expected to pay about $100 for. I don't know if the
prices have gon e up, or they have more high end units now than they had
before. Whatever the case, you will find a nice unit in your price range of
If you take your car in for a scan, it will run to pretty close to $100 at
the dealership. That's a stiff price to pay to find out the gas cap is not
securely tightened. Do that twice and you could have your own scan tool ...
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