More and more drivers are using OBD2 scanners in Australia. How would you know if your car is OBD2 compatible?
How many vehicles are there in Australia?
There are a fair number of cars in Australia. Almost 20 million as of the 2018 census! And some other interesting facts:
- There were 19.2 million registered motor vehicles in Australia as of 31 January 2018.
- The national vehicle fleet grew by 2.1 percent between 2017 and 2018.
- Toyota topped the list of passenger vehicle makes for the 13th consecutive year with 2.9 million registrations.
- Diesel-powered vehicles make up 23.4 percent of the national fleet, up from 17.2 percent in 2013.
The rest of the census data is here.
Will your vehicle work with OBD2 Scanners in Australia?
And out of all of those vehicle owners, there are still several people who like to gain extra information from their cars or fix them DIY style. This is where the OBD port comes into play, as this is how you access vehicle information and can easily work out what is wrong with your car, change advance options, or add updates as required.
Now if your car was manufactured from 2006 onwards, then you are in luck! Your car has the new OBD2 protocols and you will be able to use any of our OBD2 tools to get extra information from your car or see fault codes. If it is older than 2006, then this can be a tricky one as some cars will work and some cars will require other software. Please get in touch with us if it is older than 2006.
How much are OBD2 Scanners in Australia?
The range of OBD2 tools depends on what you want to do with them. At the lower end from around $20, you have tools that will connect to your phone or tablet and you can see engine error codes and also create custom dashboards on your phone with accurate data. With the correct app, you can even access some advanced dealer owner options.
Move up to the next level, and you are looking at around $35-$80 for a handheld unit that you can view engine codes and faults with. This is handy as you do not need a phone and can be more reliable for people who are not super tech-savvy.
Then you jump to the $100 to $400 range, and you are looking at tools that can see error and clear error codes from your engine, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Airbags and transmission.
OBD2 scanners $400 and above will give you tools that will do all that we have spoken of, plus you can upgrade and add updates from the web and similar options.
Having access to OBD2 scanners here in Australia can be quite handy, especially if you are one of the grease-monkeys or motorheads who want to tinker with their vehicles on your own. It is a must-own technology for DIYers and professionals alike. If you are looking for one, visit our shop now! We have several options to choose from.
But if you’re still unsure if your vehicle is OBD2 compatible, feel free to chat us up. We’ll be more than happy to respond and make your driving experience more EPIC!