Is My Vehicle a OBDII?

OBDII is the standard for automotive on board diagnostics that covers the year ranges between 1996 and above. Although there is talk of a new coming standard that could question your personal privacy standards and restrict your freedom in many ways, OBD-II is still the leading inspection procedure. This diagnostic system is comprised of several onboard computers and sensors that keeps your car running correctly and within the OEM manufacturer standards.

If your car, truck or van is a model 1996 or newer, this diagnostic system is required in your vehicle by federal mandate meaning your car is OBD-II compliant.

How can I tell if my car is OBD-II?

Checking for your data link connector is an easy way to see if your car is a OBDII vehicle or not. This port is used by your diagnostic mechanic or technician to see what the stored diagnostic trouble code is and how to properly address it. Usually this port is located on one of the lower panels of your dashboard, and can be read using a OBD-II scan repair tool.



What is the VECI Label?

The Vehicle Emission Control Information label is located on your chassis, and typically near your engine bay. Find this label to identify your vehicle and conditions of certification through the Air Resource Board (CARB) as well as the category assigned by the Automotive Service Association (ASA). This label will clearly state the OBD-II certification and Federal and State compliances in relation to vehicle emissions and regulation.

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The VECI label lets you know what emissions group your car also fits in, and there are three distinct groups for any OBD-II vehicle.

  • 50 State legal
  • 49 State legal
  • California


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