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Old 06 Nov 2017, 07:54 pm
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Default Re: OBDII scanner recommendations for average person

Shelby,
You can get this for much less if you are willing to wait for a 25% off coupon and the scanner is on sale (sometimes the stars line up). The 25% off coupon comes around just about any holiday and everything goes on sale at Harbor Freight every few weeks.

I got this in the $50's or the next model down. While I do have the UltraGauge for constant readout of additional parameters as well as reading and clearing diagnostic codes, a good dedicated scanner is always handy to have.

You can get by as cheaply as $20 for an ELM327 Bluetooth (Android) or WiFi (iOS/Android) and freeware, but it's hit and miss when it comes to displaying what you want. You can read and clear codes with most freeware, but additional information may or may not be visible.

I also take the Harbor Freight scanner along with me when I have to go rescue my wife or son when they are stuck somewhere with a check engine light on.
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