How to Outsmart the Car Dealers!
I know it might be sexist to say this but guys are supposed to know about cars, I mean some guys know a lot about comes really guys with a whole garage full of tools, but most of us really don’t know much more than we learn in our favorite car magazine. I mean look at a modern car, anyway it’s very complicated look under the hood, honestly, if something breaks, seriously what are you gonna fix Underneath there! You don’t need to be a mechanic with a garage full of tools to know about cars.
Today I’m going to teach you a simple thing that are going to make you an unqualified automobile aficionado.
The first thing I’m going to show you is something called an obd read, this little thing for on-board diagnostics and every car made since 1996 has a port where you can plug a little reader like this right in and learn all about what’s going on inside your car.
I picked this one up on eBay for less than 20 bucks, but you can get them on eBay or Amazon or any online place where you really can’t get them as auto parts store, because what they’re going to want to sell you is something much more expensive called a scanner.
So, once you get one of these little readers and plug it into your car all you need is a smartphone or a tablet to read what the car has to say. obd readers come in all shapes and sizes and i picked this one up on ebay for less than 20 bucks they do come in both bluetooth and Wi-Fi variety if you have an iphone or an ipad, you’re going to want to get the Wi-Fi version if you’ve got android device Wi-Fi or bluetooth work just as well! There are dozens of free apps that will help read the codes from an obd reader like this i use one called obd fusion but there’s lots of different free ones you can try out and figure out what one’s going to work for you best.
Have you ever been driving down the road and have the dreaded check engine light come! on what this means for most people is a trip to the mechanic or the dealer where you have no choice but to believe whatever it is they tell you is wrong with your car. Well, not anymore!