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 at 31 January 2018.
- The national vehicle fleet grew by 2.1 per cent 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 constitute 23.4 per cent of the national fleet, up from 17.2 per cent in 2013.
Thanks to census data here.
And out of all of those vehicle owners there are still a number of people who like to gain extra information from their cars or fix them DIY style. This is where the OBD port comes into it 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 is new in Australia from 2006 then you are in luck and your car will be one of the new OBD2 protocols so 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.
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 advance 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 savy.
Then you jump to $100-$400 and you are looking at tools that can see error and clear error codes from your Engine, ABS, Airbags and transmission.
$400 and above gives you tools that will do all that we have spoken of plus you can upgrade and add updates from the web and options like that.