OBD-ii Reader Car Diagnostic Tool

What vehicles are supported?

Our scan tools work on all 1996 and newer cars and light trucks sold in the United States, including:

Acura
Alfa Romeo
Ariel Atom
Aston Martin
Audi
Bentley
BMW
Buick
Cadillac
Chevrolet
Chrysler
Citroen
Daewoo
Daihatsu
Daimler
Dodge
Ferrari
Fiat
Ford
Geo
GMC
Holden
Honda
Hummer
Hyundai
Infiniti
Isuzu
Jaguar
Jeep
Kia
Lamborghini
Lancia
Land Rover
Lexus
Lincoln
Lotus
Maserati
Mazda
McLaren
Mercedes
Mercury
MG
Mini
Mitsubishi
Nissan
Oldsmobile
Opel
Pagani
Panoz
Peugeot
Plymouth
Pontiac
Porsche
Regal
Renault
Rolls-Royce
Roush
Rover
Saab
Saleen
Saturn
Seat
Scion
Shelby
Skoda
Smart
Subaru
Suzuki
Tesla
Toyota
Triumph
TVR
Vauxhall
Volkswagen
Volvo
Yugo

Some 1994 and 1995 models are also supported. To see if your vehicle is compliant, pop the hood and look for this sticker:

OBD sticker. Image copyright ScanTool.net.

Model year 1996 and newer vehicles are compliant by default, and will not have this sticker.

A few words about OBD compatibility

Most cars on the road today, have an OBD-II system and are therefore compatible with our scan tools. Many of our competitors claim that their products “work on all 1996 and newer vehicles.” This statement is not entirely accurate, because it only applies to cars and light trucks sold in the United States.

As a global company with a large international customer base, we say that our scan tools work with OBD-II and its international equivalents: EOBD in Europe, JOBD in Japan, as well as Canadian, Australian, Brazilian, and others. In general, non-US OBD legislation lags by a few years, and is more complicated than US legislation. We put together an article to help you sort it out: Is my vehicle OBD-II compliant?

What is a “scan tool”?

A scan tool is a device used to access on-board diagnostic information. Scan tools come in many shapes and sizes, but there are two basic types: stand alone and PC/Mobile device based. As the name suggests, stand alone scan tools do not require a computer. However, they typically have a small screen with a minimalistic interface, run only proprietary software with limited functionality, and cost significantly more than comparable PC-based scan tools.

PC-based scan tools harness the power and economy of scale of modern PCs, and have a number of important advantages:

  • Large, easy-to-read screen
  • Unlimited storage for data logging
  • Wide selection of diagnostic software that can be easily updated
  • Remote data acquisition
  • Cost a small fraction of the cost of comparable stand-alone scan tools

Our PC based scan tools can:

  • Turn off the check engine light, and erase stored diagnostic information
  • Check emissions readiness
  • Read and erase trouble codes (generic and manufacturer-specific)
  • Display real time parameters
  • Record data for later playback
  • Plot data in the form of graphs & maps
  • Display customizable Digital Gauges
  • Serve as a dynamometer
  • Provide a drag strip feature
  • Generate printable diagnostic reports
  • Access manufacturer-specific information
  • Do lots of other cool and useful things

None of the stand alone scan tools available on the market today (even the ones that cost thousands of dollars) can even approach this feature set.

It’s all about the software

Without software, a PC is just a box with lights. The same can be said about a scan tool: it is only as good as the diagnostic software that works with it. Therefore, we are proud to be able to say that if you get one of our scan tools, you will enjoy the widest selection of the best diagnostic software.

From the very beginning, we made it our priority to make it easy for programmers to write software for our devices by providing documentation, source code, technical support, and OBD simulators. We work closely with many software developers across the globe, share ideas, and use their feedback to improve our scan tools.

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