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Are car diagnostic scans expensive or not?

Your check engine light turned on your dashboard. Of course, you need to get it looked at to see what’s wrong. The cost of this can range between $40 and $100, depending on the type of car you have.

With newer cars (2006 onwards), this should be a straightforward job for any mechanic. However, they normally have a minimum charge and you’ll end up shelling out around $100. Good for you, if you have a regular mechanic as they may do this job for free.  

With older cars, not all mechanics will have the correct OBD car diagnostic scan tools to do a car scan. And if they do it manually, they risk shorting some connectors on the diagnostic port.

Cost of OBD scan tools

We suggest just buying one of our OBD-AUS scan tools. These are low-cost car diagnostic scan tools that will give you all the vehicle information you need. You can also check and clear the fault codes yourself. Or you can just contact your mechanic and tell them what the fault is.

Sometimes the fault code may just be the petrol flap that got dust on the sensor. Give your car a wipe around the inside of the fuel flap, you have saved yourself a trip to the mechanics. These car diagnostic scan tools let you know if it is a major fault (or just something that you do not need to worry about), and you can keep driving until you fix it.

Get one of our tools today and own yourself a car diagnostic scan tool. Plus, as they have a low power draw, you can just leave this plugged in your car so that you always have it ready when you need it.