2 years ago we reported on the CarMD that could tell you what was wrong with your car if a fault light came up on your dashboard. This was already looking a little dated in 2010 so we've got a new one for you: the ActronCP9180 Scanner. This little beauty will tell you in a matter of seconds what's wrong with your car (assuming it's newer than 1996) and comes in a ugly fetching orange and blue (at least it'll be hard to lose).
The scanner has a USB connection available for you to hook up to the internet and download new codes (future-proofing your device) as well as being able to dump the data on to your laptop.
Perhaps the best feature on this scanner is that it records problems as they occur and you can “rewind” to see what's happened. This is unlike other scanners as the problem had to be present, leaving with you the frustrating task of trying to recreate the problem by trial and error until an error code pops up on the screen.
“And what price should I pay to protect myself from expensive mechanics?”, I hear you cry. Just over $100 is the answer. See it as an investment and you should be able to make your money back by saving you in mechanics fees time and time again.
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)