I'm looking into buying an OBD-II scanner for my vehicles, but it seems there is more to consider than I initially thought. I had assumed that any OBD-II scanner would be able to read and clear codes, and that the higher priced units would have a mix of better quality and more features (e.g. built-in database of codes, bluetooth, live data monitor). However, after looking at some of the descriptions and reviews online it seems like there are additional capabilities that a basic scanner would not be able to help with - two specifically that I've seen are ABS and SRS codes.
What kind of capabilities/features should I know about if I'm looking for a "consumer" OBD-II scanner? (say, less than $200)
- I'm not looking for a recommendation. I want to have a better understanding of what I'm buying so I don't spend extra on features I don't need, and that I don't buy something that isn't as capable as I thought it was.
- Assume this is for 1996 or newer, common American-market vehicles (e.g. Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, VW, BMW, etc.)