10 Best Car Scan Tools Of 2022 – Review And Buying Guide

Finding the best car scan tools that will meet all your needs can be a bit of a challenge, even for the most seasoned expert. While many companies still create good car scan toolss, the market has turned its attention toward advanced models that carry higher price points.

In our quest to find the most suitable models, we focused on features like comfort, adjustability, and durability. We recommend you take a close look at each product we listed here and see the features you need for your personal use.

Keep reading to learn more…

Top 10 car scan tools : Editor’s Pick

10 Best car scan tools Reviews:

1. MOTOPOWER MP69033 Car OBD2 Scanner Code Reader Engine Fault Code Reader Scanner CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool for All OBD II Protocol Cars Since 1996, Yellow

Features :

  • ✅【Multi-Functions】- Practical Multi-Functions OBD2 code reader features built-in OBD2 DTC lookup library, which help you to determine the cause of the engine light, read code, erase code, view freeze frame, I/M ready, vehicle information, data flow, real-time curve, get vehicle speed information, calculate load value, engine coolant temperature, get engine speed.
  • ✅【Wide Capability】- Supports 9 protocols compatible with most 1996 US-Based, 2000 EU-Based and Asian cars, and newer OBD II & CAN domestic or import vehicles. Supports 6 languages – English,German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Italian.
  • ✅【LCD Display】- Designed with a clear display LCD screen (128 x 64 pixels) – white backlight and contrast adjustment. No need any battery or charger, OBD reader gets the power directly from your vehicle through the OBDII Data Link Connector.
  • ✅【Compact Design】- Car diagnostic scanner is equipped with a 2.5 feet long cable and made of a very thick flexible insulator.There are 6 buttons on OBD2 Scanner:scroll up/down,enter/exit and buttons that quick query VIN vehicle number& the DTC fault code.
  • ✅【ABS / Airbag codes NOT Supported】- It is able to read and clear check engine information which is part of OBDII system, but it cannot work with non-OBDII systems, including ABS / Airbag / Oil Service Light, etc.
  • ✅【Screen Protecting Film】- There’s a transparent screen protecting film on the screen surface. If any scratches on the film, just tear off the screen protecting film. If any more problem on the screen, just contact our customer service for replacement directly.
  • ✅【Connection Guide】- Plug the scanner into the OBDII port on your car, turn on the ignition and then press the OK button to make the connection. To view the live data, please start the engine. If connection failure, please contact motopower directly for assistance.
  • ✅【Erase Codes】- When you find the fault codes, please fix the problem before erasing the codes. If the codes erased without the problem fixed, the engine fault light may turn on again in the future.
  • ✅【New Only】- All products are shipped from the factory to Amazon warehouses directly. We apologize if any possible boxes damage during the shipment. If you are not pleased with the package received, please contact motopower directly for assistance. We only sell brand new products on Amazon. Any returned item to Amazon will be disposed immediately. Please be rest assured.
  • ✅【Warranty & THX】- TWO YEAR WARRANTY AND 100% SATISFACTION SERVICE. Thank you for choosing motopower! But if you are not pleased with the product, please contact motopower directly for hassle-free return and refund. Save your bucks and time.; Fit type: Universal

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Height 0.91
Width 2.75
Length 6.02
Release Date 2020-11-06T00:00:01Z

2. FOXWELL NT301 OBD2 Scanner Professional Mechanic OBDII Diagnostic Code Reader Tool for Check Engine Light

Features :

  • 【Vehicle CEL Doctor】The NT301 obd2 scanner enables you to read DTCs, locate bad O2 sensors, access to emissions readiness status, turn off CEL(check engine light) or MIL, reset monitor, read live data and retrieve VIN of your vehicle.
  • 【Accuracy & Streams】Live data graphing and logging. Accurately read error codes for most Worldwide cars, SUVs, light trucks and 12V diesels equipped with Obd2. Graphing live vehicle sensors data allows you to focus on any suspicious data and trend.
  • 【Worthy to Own】Recommended by Mechanic Scotty Kilmer on Youtube. Codes analysis and Printer compatible. Unique PATENTED design, 2.8″ color screen, Free Lifetime Update and 1-year seller assurance with EXCLUSIVE tech and service team.
  • 【Smog Check Helper】Read/Erase and I/M readiness hotkeys make it easy to use the car computer reader right out of the package. Red-Yellow-Green Leds and build-in speaker indicate the readiness status for confident emissions test.
  • 【Home Necessity】Open to global customers. No battery required, NT301 obd scanner is charged directly from the 16pin DLC in your vehicle. It is recommended as a necessity in your toolbox and one of the best gifts for Home and Autoshop Mechanics.
  • 【Please Note】Dear customer, if you are not pleased with your NT301 and choose to return it, please kindly mark it unsellable to avoid an used one is resold again to other customers. Appreciate very much!
  • 【Warm Tips】NT301 car scanner can be used directly with no need for registration or update, as it is already the latest version. Your Foxwell’s screen is with a tightly-fitting screen protector. If any scratches are found, just tear off the screen protector from the upper left or upper right corner. 🙂

Additional Info :

Color NT301 OBD2 Scanner
Item Dimensions
Height 6.69
Width 3.15
Length 8.66

3. OBD2 Scanner Car Scan Diagnostic Tool Reset Clear Check Engine Code Reader for All OBD II Vehicles LeeKooLuu LK11

Features :

  • 【Auto OBDII Scanner Diagnostic Tool:】Easy-to-use plug-in-play car scanner that read and clear codes.Retrieves generic code and displays DTC definitions. It can check engine related fault codes,easily find out what caused.
  • 【Wide Compatibility:】Code readers & scan tools are compatible with all OBD II and CAN Compliant vehicles,passenger cars or light trucks,post 1996 in US,post 2000 for EU-based and Asian cars.Not compatible with new energy and hybrid vehicles.
  • 【Freeze Frame Date For Accurate Diagnosis:】Car code reader comes with viewing freeze frame function that enables you to retrieve data recorded in the ECU of the condition under which the fault occurs to figure out why the check engine light is on and cut down test drive verification time.
  • 【I/M Readiness Function:】 Car diagnostic scanner comes with I/M Readiness function to check the operations of the Emission System on OBD2 compliant vehicles.It includes vehicle-specific number of monitors like misfire monitor, fuel system monitor,Comprehensive component monitor, Oxygen sensor heater monitor,EVAP system and etc.It can help get your vehicle ready to pass the annual smog check.
  • 【Retrieve Vehicle Infor:】 Vehicle code reader enables retrieval of Vehicle Identification No. (VIN), Calibration ID(s), Calibration Verification Nos. (CVNs). This function is most useful to check whether the ECU matches your car.
  • 【Keep Engine In Good Shape:】When MIL illuminates with a steady light,Just plug into your car”s 16pin OBD II port, press the button according to your need, and you will see the error code and its definition on the screen instantly.Erase engine fault code
  • 【Product Warranty:】Professional auto scan tools has a 2 year warranty and life-time tech support,Please contact us for help first to solve it if you have any issues with using this product.

Additional Info :

4. OBD2 Scanner MUCAR CDL20, Check Engine Code Reader, Fault Code Car Scanner for Cars, O2 Sensor/EVAP System/Smog Test, Diagnostic Scan Tool for All OBD II Protocol Cars Since 1996

Features :

  • [ FULL OBD II/ EOBD DIAGNOSTICS SCANNER] : This obd2 scanner possess 10 full obd2 functions. Read Codes, Clear Codes, Determine the cause of the engine light, Live Data, EVAP System Test, On-Board Monitor Test, View Freeze Frame, O2 Sensor Test, Vehicle Info, I/M Readiness, DTC Code Look-up, car scanner support all OBDII compliant vehicles.
  • [ PLUG AND PLAY ] : MUCAR CDL20 obdii car code reader can fast scan and clear trouble codes, even a beginner can use this automotive code scanner unit to read the error code. Save money and time. No need to install the mobile app or software; Automotive OBDII diagnostic scan tool no need to charge to diagnosis auto parts. Equipped with a long cable and made of a very thick flexible insulator. OBD scanner is so easy to operate.
  • [ UNMATCHED COMPATIBILITY ] : The CDL20 code readers & scan tools works on most 1996 US-Based, 2000 EU-Based and Asian cars, and newer OBD II & CAN domestic or import vehicles. This diagnostic scanner supports English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian and Portuguese.This obd2 car code reader can not read and erase ABS, SRS(Airbag) etc systems fault codes and doesn’t have reset.
  • [ I/M READINESS STATUS TEST] : You can use this obd2 scan tool for all vehicle can check the status of emission-related monitors misfire system and fuel system, make sure the monitor was set before taking it to smog, help you pass the Smog Check easily, this scan tool save your money for paying fine tickets.
  • [LIFETIME AFTER-SALE SERVICE] : This check engine code reader with lifetime warranty.If the product fails within 90 days from the date of purchase, it will be replaced with a new one or 100% refund. For any problem, feel free to contact us directly.
  • ⚠️NOTE: If you are not pleased with your CDL20 diagnostic scanner and choose to return it, please kindly mark it unsellable to avoid an used one is resold again to other customers.
  • ✅If you can’t find the corresponding car brand after connecting the OBD2 interface, please select “Any car brand” to diagnose your car. If you are still unable to barcode reading/diagnostics, please contact us to check if your car supports the CDL20 diagnostic scanner.

Additional Info :

Color black

5. ANCEL AD310 Classic Enhanced Universal OBD II Scanner Car Engine Fault Code Reader CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool-Black

Features :

  • Classic design, fast scan and erase trouble codes, even a beginner can use it read the error code, find out what the problem is and perhaps fix it. Save money and time. It can not read and erase ABS, SRS(Airbag), and other systems fault codes.
  • Works on MOST 1996 US-Based, 2000 EU-Based and Asian cars, and newer OBD II & CAN domestic or import vehicles. Supports English, German, French, Spanish, Finnish, Dutch, Russian and Portuguese.
  • Easily determines the cause of the check engine light. I/M monitor readiness test, turn off the MIL (check engine light) as well as view freeze frame data. Read hard (memory) / pending (intermittent) and historic codes and show definitions.
  • The AD310 scanner is well built with a large LCD display (128 x 64 pixel) that has white backlight and contrast adjustment, indicates test results directly. No need any Batteries or Charger, gets the power directly from the OBDII Data Link Connector in your vehicle.
  • It’s equipped with a 2. 5 feet long cable and made of a very thick flexible insulator. There are 4 buttons on AD310. The Up and Down button for scrolling the menu, the Enter and Exit button allow for navigation back and entering menu.

Additional Info :

Color AD310
Item Dimensions
Weight 0.6

6. Autel OBD2 Scanner Autolink AL319 Code Reader Read and Erase Codes Check State Emission Monitor Status Powerful Scan and Car Diagnostic Tool

Features :

  • [FOR END USER & DIYERS] This error code reader is “plug and play” and comes with an easy interface. Even if you’re not familiar with vehicle repair, you can quickly take control of this code reader, and get the information you want.
  • [TURN OFF CEL] This car diagnostic tool supports Reading DTCs, displaying Live Data, Freeze Frame & I/M Readiness etc to figure out the root cause of the Check Engine Light (CEL) and turning it off, to help you detect any potential problems, and to avoid excessive costs for unnecessary repairs.
  • [EXTENSIVE APPLICATION] Compatible with 7 languages (English, French, Spanish, etc.) and various post-1996 OBD II protocol vehicles (Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Ford, etc.), this OBD II scanner provides accurate and fast diagnosis for worldwide car owners.
  • [USER-FRIENDLY DESIGN] This check engine code reader features a patented One-Click I/M Readiness Key, TFT color display, built-in speaker, LED Indicator etc. The cable is long enough without being too long and getting in the way. No batteries are needed.
  • [HIGH-QUALITY SERVICES] 12 months warranty from the date of purchase and lifetime free update are offered by this Automobile OBDII scan tool. Welcome to contact us via Q&A, email, or hotline, and our after-sale-service team for technical support.

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Height 0.71
Width 2.83
Length 4.61
Weight 0.39021820374
Release Date 2015-08-03T00:00:01Z

7. FOXWELL Car Scanner NT604 Elite OBD2 Scanner ABS SRS Transmission, Check Engine Code Reader,Diagnostic Scan Tool with SRS Airbag Scanner,Car Diagnostic Scanner for Cars

Features :

  • 🎄【Great Gift Idea】: Top present choice for your father, husband, brother or boyfriend.EVERY CAR OWNER WILL NEED IT! It comes with protective case with rugged and handy design.Get NT604 Elite car code reader and give your lover a surprise!
  • 🔔【Easy to Use–Work out of box】+【FOXWELL 2022 New Version】 FOXWELL NT604 Elite scan tool is the 2022 new version from FOXWELL, which is designed for those car owners who want to figure out the cause issue before fixing the car problem via scanning the most common systems like abs srs engine and transmission.The NT604 Elite diagnostic tool comes with latest software, which can be used out of box. No need to waste time to download the software first.
  • 🍎【Affordable】+【Reliable Car Health Monitor】 Will you be confused what happen when the warning light of abs/srs/transmission/check engine flashes? Instead of taking your cars to dealership, this foxwell scanner will help you do a thorough scanning and detection for your lovely cars and pinpoint the problem for you, which saves time and money for you. It will turn off the warning light for you after you fix the problem, making you to know more about your cars and do your own repair.
  • 🥑【2 in 1 Diagnostic Scanner】Compared with those auto scanners (50-100 USD), NT604 Elite code scanner not only includes their OBDII diagnosis but also it can be an abs/srs scanner, transmission and check engine code reader. When it’s an odb2 scanner, you can use it to check if your car is ready for annual emission test through I/M readiness menu. In addition, live data stream, built-in DTC library, data play back and print, all these features are a big plus for it.
  • 🍓【Fantastic AUTOVIN】+【No extra software fee】Through the AUTOVIN menu, this NT604 Elite vehicle code reader will allows you to get your VIN and vehicle info rapidly, no need to take time to find your VIN and input one by one. What’s more, the NT604 Elite abs srs scanner supports 60+ car makes from worldwide (America/Asia/Europe).You don’t need to pay extra software fee.
  • 🥝【Solid protective case KO plastic carrying bag】+ 【Lifetime update】Almost all same price-level car diagnostic scanner for all cars only offers plastic bag to hold on the scanner.However, NT604 Elite automotive scanner is equipped with solid protective case, preventing your scanner from damage. Then you don’t need to pay extra money to buy a solid toolbox.

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Height 1.18
Width 3.54
Length 7.68

8. Mucar OBD2 Scanner 2022 Newest VO6 OE-Level All Systems with 28 Reset Car Diagnostic Bidirectional Scan Tool for All Cars, IMMO/Oil/EPB/BMS/SAS/DPF/TPMS/ODO/Injector/ABS Bleeding, Lifetime Free Update

Features :

  • 🚘2022 New Version 👉Mucar VO6 👉Top Professional Car Diagnostic Scanner Tool👉Powerful car diagnostic tool👉Car Diagnostic Tool you deserve🤞
  • ✅【OE-Level Full Systems & Subsystems Diagnostics + Full OBDII Special Functions】VO6 obd2 scanner gives you the ability to troubleshoot ENTIRE car systems and subsystems including Body, Chassis, Powertrain, Fuel system, Light system, etc. Built-in full OBDII special services including Read/Clear codes, Freeze frame, O2 Sensor, I/M Readiness, Smog Test, EVAP system, Retrieve ECU Information, etc. You can diagnose everything you need, quickly locate vehicle faults and get them solved.
  • ✅【Lifetime Free 28 Reset Services】MUCAR VO6 obd2 scanner is one of the most versatile scan tool for cars on the market. Built-in FULL 28+ maintenance services totally free that make it easier than ever to do maintenance and repair for vehicles, including IMMO/Oil/EPB/SAS/ABS/SRS/TPMS/DPF/BMS/SUS/ETS/INJEC/AFS/ODO/COOLANT/GEARBOX/SEATS/EGR and so on. Effectively restore and reset the modules related in seconds after repair. No nead to pay extra money.
  • ✅【TPMS Functions&IMMO Reset】 Added upgraded TPMS functions. Update the system version to V1.2 with wifi, you could own one more TPMS functions. The scan tool MUCAR VO6 could work with both Thinkcar and MUCAR TPMS Rrlearn tools and sensors. IMMO reset feature that it offers. ❗ONLY available for Asian vehicles.
  • ✅【Data Record + Playback + Report Share/Print + 】MUCAR VO6 car scanner automatically generates vehicle health reports with one-click, review codes data, store the data to graph, record, playback, screenshot and easily share&print it via email for your further inspection and analysis. Online feedback is here to help solve your problems during diagnostic with repair info. Vehicle service & repair information, handbook, repair case, and operation skills are included.
  • ✅【20000 +Vehicle Coverage + 14 Languages + Lifetime Free Upgrade】MUCAR VO6 diagnostic scanner tool can automatically identify vehicles with just one-click auto VIN scan and start auto-diagnose process and it works on most OBDII compliant vehicles after 1996 and newer vehicles, continuously update to the latest vehicle models, get the latest bug fixes, and newly added functionality. VO6 Top Professional Car Diagnostic Scanner.
  • ⭐【2022 New Version & One-Click Updates 2022 Latest Software 】Mucar VO6 automotive scan tool comes with lifetime worry-free service. Dear customer, if you are not pleased with your Mucar VO6 scanner and choose to return it, please kindly mark it unsellable to avoid an used one is resold again to other customers. Appreciate very much!
  • ✅【Bi-directional Control & ECU Coding】 You will get these advanced features, which are comparable to a professional bi-directional scan tool that sold at 1000. Bidirectional Control tells you if individual actuators, valves, and pumps function the way they should, allowing for more efficient car scans, diagnoses, and repairs. ECU coding is primarily used to help initialize, match and reprogram adaptive data for new components after repair.Pay subscription(❗49.95/year/make).

9. LAUNCH X431 Creader VII+ Car Code Reader EOBD, OBD2 Scanner Scan Tool Testing Engine/Transmission/ABS/ Airbag System Update via PC

Features :

  • POWERFUL DIAGNOSTIC UTILITY – Tests Engine, Transmission, ABS and Airbag four systems, also reads and resets code, displays data stream graphic, stores and playbacks dynamic data stream,helps to quick analysis and diagnosis.
  • PRAGMATIC DTC DIAGNOSIS – Provides DTC help and service information, DTC reading and clearing displays, tests Oxygen sensor and carbon canister ,and displays OBDII Data Stream Graphic, offers easy DIY convenience.
  • EXTENSIVE VEHICLE APPLICATION – Covering more than 20 main car models in America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions, suitable for OBDII standard after 1996, supports all 10 test modes of OBDII protocol,compatible with masses of car makes.
  • CONVENIENT UPDATE VIA PC – Updating software can be downloaded from website: mycar dot x431 dot com, which is only compatible with PC with Windows XP or Windows 7 system. Easy to read with multilingual menu, including Chinese,English,French,Spanish.
  • BROAD COVERAGE OF CAR MODELS – Asian car models: Suzuki, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Infiniti, Lexus, Accura, Isuzu.USA car models: Ford, GM, Chrysler.European car models: Benz, BMW, VW, Opel, Volvo, Fiat, Landrover, Seat, Skoda, Audi, Porsche, Saab, Jagua.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 1.9
Width 7.9
Length 9.3
Weight 1.32

10. FIXD OBD2 Professional Bluetooth Scan Tool & Code Reader for iPhone and Android

Features :

  • 📱 EASY-TO-USE OBD2 APP & CAR CODE READER – The FIXD car scanner and OBD app instantly translates 7000+ engine fault codes into plain English on your phone. Wireless Bluetooth connection. Set up in minutes. No car knowledge needed.
  • 📱 FIND OUT WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOUR CAR – Even beginners can use the FIXD OBD2 scanner and app to find out what the check engine light means, how serious it is, and possible fixes before going to the repair shop. You can even clear the check engine light, saving time and money.
  • 📱 SAVE MONEY & AVOID RIP-OFFS – Walk into the repair shop confident with the accurate info you need to save on car repair. The FIXD car scanner and OBD2 app provides helpful how-to guides and video tutorials so you can save with DIY repairs.
  • 📱 FIXD WORKS WITH YOUR CAR – FIXD OBD2 reader is compatible with all gas-powered vehicles made in 1996 or newer and all diesel vehicles 2008 or newer. Perfect diagnostic scan tool for Toyota, Honda, Chevrolet, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, BMW, Porsche, Subaru, Nissan, Cadillac, Volkswagen, Lexus, and more. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, & Android.
  • 📱 KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME FOR YOUR NEXT OIL CHANGE – FIXD is the only car code scanner that also tracks maintenance and wear items and automatically notifies you when your car is due for service.

Additional Info :

Color White
Item Dimensions
Height 1.75
Width 0.5
Length 1.5
Weight 0.06
Release Date 2015-09-15T00:00:01Z

Buying Guide: What to Consider When Select car scan tools

Price

How much should you expect to spend on a product like this? Is it a one-off cost, or is there some kind of recurring element?

When it comes to car scan tools, a great value can come in many different forms. It could be a lower price, impeccable construction, and design, or higher durability. We’ll cover all of these different factors below, where we’re sharing our top picks for the best car scan tools for the money. We’ll go over everything consumers should know to get a great value out of their car scan tools!

Durability 

The phrase “people get what they pay for” is especially true when it comes to car scan tools. The range in durability from person to person can be pretty substantial depending on the materials used in the construction. If someone saves $100 on a car scan tools, but it wears out in 1 month, are they really getting a good value?

Compare that to a car scan tools that costs $50 more but wears out after 1 or 2 years. Most people would argue that the second option is the better deal over the long term. Before purchasing, you should consider how long you want to have the car scan tools and then read reviews to make sure you know how long you can expect it to last.

Consider Where You Purchase 

 

A vast majority of people now buy their car scan tools online rather than going to a brick-and-mortar physical location. That’s largely because online shopping offers greater convenience, and many brick-and-mortar stores can be confusing when it comes to their models, pricing, and types.

While people can’t try out an online car scan tools the way they can in a store, brands often come with generous trials. These allow people to try out the car scan tools for a while and return it if they’re unhappy.

In addition, many online car scan tools are more affordable than their in-store counterparts, because they have less overhead and have cut out the middlemen to pass savings directly to the consumer. If you purchase online, make sure to check to see if they will have to pay extra for shipping or not. A lot of the new companies offer free shipping, but not all.

Types of car scan tools

Before even thinking about all the different car scan tools available,  You should choose the product types that will be ideal for your task.

Design

Choosing a product based on a design that people will love can be tough. Just because you might like the look and style of it, doesn’t mean it’s the best. Below are some steps you can follow that I’ve used in the past when making decisions on which product designs to choose. Today, a lot of e-commerce sites have the same products. Naturally, it means people use product photos and videos to find the best item. Some of the tips in this article will help you choose or design a successful product.

  • Dimensions. How big are these products?
  • Materials. What are they made from? Is there an advantage to choosing one material over another?
  • Generic characteristics. What sort of features do products in this category include?
  • Product-specific functionality. Do certain products have key characteristics that others don’t? 
  • “Vs.” comparisons. Wireless or wired? Portable or desktop? Metal or wood? These are the key A/B-style decisions typically made early in the buying process.

The Verdict

Finally, we hope that our reviews about these car scan toolss will help you to choose your ideal product available on the maker. The question remains, how many of these car scan tools will you use and how often? Some manufacturers come out with newer car scan tools every few months. This is because they know that people want the better car scan tools. It’s all a matter of choice and your budget. The good news is that the features of good car scan tools tend to trickle down in price. If you start off with a cheaper version, chances are you can afford the more advanced versions of it a few months later.