Is Dash compatible with my car?


The short answer: Yes. Dash Lite is compatible with anything you might drive, and OBD-powered Dash will work with almost every car going back to the 1996 model year.

The long version: Dash is compatible with almost any car that has an OBD-II port. OBD-II is short for "On-board Diagnostics, version 2," and it's been required on every passenger car sold new in the US since 1996; even though it wasn't required until later in many countries around the world, most major car manufacturers added it to most of their vehicles in 1996 because it made sense to do so all at once, rather than make multiple versions of the cars

It also turns out that the OBD-II port is very, very useful for mechanics: this port is what your mechanic uses to connect to your car's computer when your "Check Engine" light comes on, or when you take your car in for inspection. Most car manufacturers also sell proprietary systems that mechanics use to gather fine-grained data about how your car is running, which they can use to diagnose tricky issues or verify that the car is running correctly.

This means unless you're still driving that Mustang fastback from the 1970s or that 80s LeBaron convertible, it's pretty likely that your car will work with OBD-powered Dash; if you're still rocking that vintage ride (lucky) just fire up Dash Lite without an OBD, and you'll still be able to use Dash's core features like trip tracking.

One other thing to note: We still have some work to do on fully electric vehicles. Some vehicles don't give us the info we need from the OBD port; we still need more data on how some other cars work before we can give those cars accurate scores. Stay tuned for better support for these vehicles.

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