Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Mooeing asks: I’m going to start a side business as a mobile mechanic. I was wondering if you had experience with any OBD2 scanners that you liked. I’m trying to keep the budget under $1,000. Thank you!
My reply: I’m going to ask my buddy who runs a shop his thoughts on this and will post an addendum once I have. But first, here are mine…
A general OBD II scan tool that will enable you to pull/decipher codes will cost you a lot less than $1,000. Mine cost me about $175. The main upside to OBD II is that the scan tools are universal. The OEMs, of course, dislike this – and some have proprietary tools which you’ll need to access/service some of their vehicles, or some of their systems.
But I think a basic/good quality scan tool will enable you to do a lot of basic service and – this is my opinion, for what it’s worth – I’d start out with as modest an investment in the start-up business as possible and build the business as your income grows.
I have numerous friends who swing by my place to have me clear codes/check “little things” – which I am happy to do, gratis, because I get paid back when I need a favor from them!
I will post more on this shortly, after I gabble with my mechanic amigo; stay tuned!
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