What kind of automotive scan tool should I get

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What kind of automotive scan tool should I get


Deciding on the right professional diagnostic tool for your automotive repair needs depends largely upon what the scan tool will be used for. Will you be performing diagnostic repair services at work? Perhaps the scan tool will be used at home to self diagnose your own vehicle’s engine troubles. The range of available scan tools can be overwhelming, even for auto repair professionals.

Professional Scanning Tools: AUTEL MaxiDiag

AUTEL MaxiDiag offers a number of specialty vehicle scanners which plug into a car’s OBDII port. The benefit of utilizing professional grade scanning tools such as those offered by AUTEL MaxiDiag is that they work with multiple vehicles and can scan the entire car for problems. Professional AUTEL MaxiDiag scanning tools include additional adapters for use with vehicles manufactured after 1980 as well as upgrade capability.  autel scanner MaxiDiag diagnostic scanning tools can be updated every year to include new cars manufactured in the current model year. The greatest drawback to professional scanning tools is the price; AUTEL MaxiDiag diagnostic tools cost in excess of $1,000 (as of 2011), often making them a feasible idea only for professionals.

Professional Scanning Tools: Autel MaxiSYS

Professional diagnostic scanning tools from Autel MaxiSYS are priced about the higher than AUTEL MaxiDiag tools, and provide the same level of diagnostics. Autel MaxiSYS scan tools also plug into the OBDII port of the car to be checked. Autel MaxiSYS scanning tools can be updated every year to cover new cars — in the same way that AUTEL MaxiDiag tools can — as well.

Amateur Automotive Scanning Tools

Amateur automotive scanning tools are available from a range of companies. While these scanners do not have the capabilities of the more expensive professional scanners, they do bear a much lower price. Expect to pay between $200-400 for a quality diagnostic scanning tool from companies such as Autel, Launch. These units are similar in many respects in that all the units plug into the OBDII port on your car and provide readings for many of the computer’s functions; they differ mostly in the packaging of the diagnostic tools. All three allow you to clear trouble codes as well as scan a vehicle’s computer.

Scanning Tools to Avoid

Mercedes factory scan tool, by their very nature, are expensive to purchase and own. For this reason, it is important to be aware not only that there are new scan tools of dubious quality on the market, but also secondhand scanning tools that should be avoided. Any automotive scan tool priced below $100 should be suspect. Even among used tools, prices below that point tend to indicate that there is some problem with the unit. While professional scan tools might occasionally be offered for sale in secondhand stores such as pawn shops for low prices, a professional scan tool offered for a price that is too good to be true could be stolen.

Whether working on cars is a hobby or a cost-driven necessity,with professinal diagnostic tools, the complex troubelsome diagnostic tasks can be easy and clear. If you are looking for professinal diagnostic tools, you can have a search at our website www.autointhebox. Authorized by Autel and Launch-the two major car diagostic tool manufactures, we offer all kinds of professional diagnostic tools that adopt the latest technology.

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2017 Top Rated Car Diagnostic Tools Reviews

There are many OBD2 Scanner on the market today. With so many of them promising to deliver the best user experience, we decided to see whether the most popular models on the market actually live up to the expectations that the manufacturers set out for them. Below is a review of four of the top rated car diagnostics tools that you can buy right now, with a short commentary of how they compare to each other.

1.US$879.00 – Piwis Tester II V18.100 with CF30 Laptop for Porsche

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Piwis Tester II is the latest professional tester for Porshe,the most poweful diagnose and offline programming tool for Porsche,with latest tester for Porsche,powerful functions,full access.

Piwis Tester II with CF30 Laptop For Porshe
1. Software Version: 18.100
2. Laptop: CF-30 (Second Hand)—Software is inside the Hard Drive. No need Installation
3.Support Languages: Russian, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Dutch
4. Update Method: By CD or HDD (One Year for Free, It can not be updated online. 200USD for one time update after one year.) Software contains operating system win XP only. you just need to insert into your computer and use it.
5. Requires Online Modules: (F BCM R BCM DME ELV SRS KEY)
6. Bluetooth,GPS and Navigation Function are available. But you need to pay for the authorization of them.
7. Support Key Programming function,cost 210USD per time ( you need consult our customer sevice first with the type and year of your car)

Warning: Please do not take out the hard disk from CF-30 laptop and install on other laptops, it may cause data lose and hard to recovery.

2.US$758.00 – BMW ICOM A2 With V2017.09 Engineers software Plus EVG7 Tablet PC Ready to Use


This is the package offer for BMW ICOM A2+B+C for with 2017.09V Software Plus EVG7 Diagnostic Controller Tablet PC, buy them together, save you a lot.Our engineer can install and test ok for you to use.

Compatible with BMW ICOM, ICOM A2, ICOM A3.ICOM PRO+A3
Software Version: 2017.09
ISTA-D 4.06.31
VIN: 2017.07
Not connected 9000 days remaining
BMW ETK: 2017.8
BMW KSD 08.2017 Multilanguage
BMW FSC Navigation Code Generator
BMWAiCoder for BMW Coding
With free BMW Engineer Software (INPA, NCS, WinKFP, E-Sys 3.27.1, Psdzdata 59.0), BMW FSC code generator and BMW AiCoder

Multi-language available in diagnosing, programming and TIS diagram circuit: American English, British English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Czech, Swedish, Dutch, Indian, Greek, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai.

3 US$2,150.00 – Original Autel MaxiSys Pro MS908P Wifi OBD Full System Diagnostic with MaxiFlash Elite J-2534 programming


Top 4 Reasons to Get Maxisys Pro 908P:
1. Software Version: Every Car Model Software Has A Different Version.
2. Wi-Fi Technology: The VCI connects wirelessly to the main unit with Long-Range Class 1 Bluetooth
3. Update:  1 Year Free Update Online, After One Year, the Update Fee 1295USD (Contact our sales, you can add 1 more year free update)
4. Shipping by DHL All Around the World, 3-5 Days Delivery

Language:English ,Spaish

The MaxiSys? Diagnostic Platform is an evolutionary smart solution for specialized automotive diagnosis and ECU programming. Designed with the DNA of Autel’s diagnostics family, the MaxiSys is built to offer many of the prestigious qualities of the MaxiDAS DS708 with extreme ease of use and powerful diagnostic performance. However the MaxiSys has evolved far beyond the original capabilities. Utilizing an A9 quad-core 1.40GHz processor that offers 50% increase in speed versus competing products, a 9.7” LED screen with a resolution of 1,024 x 768 capacitive touch screen, the revolutionary multitask-capable Android Operating System, combined with the best possible coverage of OE-level diagnostics, the MaxiSys is the perfect diagnostic solution for shops and technicians who demand unrivalled smart technology and smart repairs.

It also reads information from the OBDII system only, which means that should you lights from sensors that are not directly connected to the OBDII system start flashing (such as ABS, SRS, Stability and Maintenance lights) then you will have to use another car diagnostic tool to find out what the problem is.

Overall, a very good Professional Diagnostic Tool for those who would like to carry out basic analysis on their cars, and for the price tag, it is also the most affordable piece of tech that you will buy.