There are many OBDII scan tools available all with different features, options, and price ranges.
A good scan tool must be able to read and clear errors a vehicle is having and display them to the user.
It also should have an easy to use interface.
OBD2 scanners tools can range from expensive to low-cost units.
The expensive units are likely not needed by the average user as they have many features that will never be used.
A professional mechanic will no-doubt want a unit that has more features and will have a higher cost.
So what is the nest OBDII scan tool for the Beginner?
One of the more popular units for beginners is the Actron CP9125 PocketScan Code Reader.
The Actron CP9125 easily plugs into a OBD-II port and has an easy to use menu system.
It has two buttons for scrolling though the options and selecting which option is wanted such as reading codes.
A booklet is included to quickly see what the code means and what the problem is.
Alternatively the code can be searched online which often will give good insight into the problem and the solution.
For those on a very limited budget and need a low-cost OBD2 tool the ELM 327 is a good tool to use in combination with android tablets and smartphones via Bluetooth.
The ELM327 does have a more complicated set up and doesn’t work well with an iPhone, but is a option if you are more technically inclined.
There are many scan tools available and opinions will vary on which one is a good one for a beginning user to start with.
When the budget a user has to work with is low it can be even more difficult to find a good one. Mainly since if you have the money to spend an expensive unit will have more than enough features to help fix a car or spot the problem.
With that said a high cost unit is not necessary to get the information needed and start repairs.
Before buying one always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure it is a good fit for you.