- Do It Yourself Auto Repair
Automotive shop service equipment and machinery-OBD scanners.
Choosing the best scanner for an auto shop
I could make this article very long indeed, but simply If you are working on older cars, you will need a scanner that is backwards compatible to query cars made before 1996.
These scanners are more expensive than base models that private mechanics may use at home.
Many mechanics have turned to their PC software in place of buying a scanner and this is a good alternative if you are familiar with running a PC and have the right connection modules and cables which usually come with the software when you buy it.
I prefer a modern hand held scanner as it is easy to set up and use anywhere, and I don't have to concern myself with a Microsoft windows platform, viruses or computer glitches when I use it!
When buying a scanner be aware of what the readout says. the better one's will provide some detail which may be useful.
The latest of these scanners will hook up to your PC and provide a lot more functionality by printing and storing data and acessing codes and software to read OBD1.5 and OBD1 Ford and Chrysler etc.
Expect to pay between $300-$400 for a good one with computer based enhancements and upgrades.