We’ve all been there. Something is wrong with the car and it is no
longer in the mechanics. It is a problem with “the electronics”.
In reality, some software on a computer chip deep within the car has
an error code available that you won’t find out unless you take it in
to a dealer and pay big bucks to get it diagnosed. Of course, the
dealer charges minimum an hour fee for something that takes 5 minutes
Well, this doesn’t have to be the case anymore! Online software
can now be used to query the systems in the car and find out what the
problem is. You will normally need a car interface (cost varies by
model), and an online monthly fee is charged, but after that you are
good to go!
This type of solution can scan for health problems with the
engine, body, transmission, airbags, breaks and many other systems.
Lights inside the vehicle will be used to communicate specific
problems. Moreover; issues that may be coming up, such as sensors
failing, or fuel pump being close to a breakdown, etc., will be
The scanning is not only dealer specific, but can also detect OEM
codes and communicate warnings and failures to you. This enables you
to take action and apply a fix before things break down and avoid
unnecessary and costly repairs.
Just like the software on your computer needs occasional updates,
so does the software in your car. But how do you find out about it?
The manufacturers find and fix issues with the software all the time,
but do not notify you unless it is critical. With an online
diagnostics system, you can be notified if an update is required that
helps with the safety and performance of your car.
The best part is that it takes the guess work out of figuring out
what is wrong with your car; hundreds of tests can be run in the time
it takes you to finish drinking a cup of coffee! It is easy and
convenient to use anywhere that you have internet accessibility.
Nearly all American, European, and Asian car models made after
1996 are compatible with these kinds of system checkers. Before you
decide to buy a diagnostics system, take a look at the manufacturers
web sites to make sure that the diagnostic can be applied to your
It is always easier to fix your car when you know what is wrong
with it! This is also a great way to ensure that your mechanic is not
overcharging you for repairs. You can print a report and take it in
with the car to show that will not be taken advantage of!
Here are two examples of online scanning systems:
vehiclemri.com (also charges a small fee per report)