About OBDStation

At OBDstation, we strive to make diagnosing and repairing automotive issues more convenient, affordable, and stress-free. We know how worrisome car troubles can be, and seek to arm our readers with the knowledge they need to make well-informed decisions when something goes wrong. 

Our core focus is around diagnostic scan tools – what they are, how to choose the right one, their various use cases, and what specific codes mean. We also cover topic areas like automotive troubleshooting, DIY maintenance, and basic vehicle mechanics.

Backed by decades of automotive experience, our mission is to deliver unbiased, detailed reviews, recommendations, and information to help improve your knowledge of auto mechanics. We take pride in our work and are thrilled to have this platform to share our expertise. 

Audience-First

Above all else, this site is for our readers. In every decision we make and every article we publish, we put your interests first.

Transparent & Reliable

We provide honest assessments of the products we review – and give our best advice to help make your life easier.

Value-Savvy

We will always highlight savings where we can. At the end of the day, we want to help you make smart financial decisions as well.

Our Writers


Dan McClave

As the owner of OBD Station, I am committed to providing quality content and information from myself and our team of experienced authors.

I have spent my career in the automotive parts industry for the largest privately held companies in the world. My experience has mostly been in product development as VP of Engineering and Product Development. Other areas of expertise are supply chain, customer/tech services, lean manufacturing, supply chain and operations management. OBD Station is our newest venture as I sensed there was a need in the market for honest, insightful product reviews and guidance in the specific area of engine diagnostic tools.

Our team of authors research and work diligently to provide the best information possible for you, the consumer, to make an informed decision on the product that is best for your specific application.

You can reach Dan with any questions, comments, or feedback at danmcclave@obdstation.com.

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Our other writers

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Aiden McClave

As the eldest of Dan McClave’s three sons, Aiden carries on his family’s love for cars. A college student at High Point University, Aiden is currently pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship and Sales. At the young age of 16, Aiden purchased his first car, a Subaru WRX, with his earnings from working at a local mechanic’s shop. His inherent curiosity and creativity in understanding the inner workings of his car have always been evident. Though Aiden’s perspective and analysis of our products may differ at times from our own, we value his input tremendously. He brings a unique dimension to our team, and his unwavering focus on what he would personally want to use for his vehicle helps ensure that we provide the best possible products.


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Dave Frearson

With 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, Dave is an invaluable asset to OBD Station. Having graduated from Penn State, he has dedicated his career to automotive engineering. His expertise is crucial in ensuring that OBD Station provides our customers with the most insightful information on the products we promote. Dave’s passion for cars runs in the family, as he and his brother TJ are both 2nd generation car specialists who learned the trade from their father at a young age. With his keen interest in cars, Dave only endorses products that he would personally use on his own vehicle.


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TJ Frearson

TJ Frearson is the owner of Carpenter Lane Garage. Located in the West Mount Airy area of Philadelphia, Carpenter Lane Garage is a family-owned business that has served the community for multiple generations. Despite being a small business, we are committed to providing comprehensive auto services to our valued customers.
In 1983, Dave, TJ’s father, purchased the property where the garage stands today. Growing up just two houses down from the shop, Dave had always been fascinated by the cars and had walked past the garage every day as a young boy. When he learned that the property was for sale after starting his own family, he knew he had to buy it immediately. TJ began working at his father’s shop at a young age and, like his father, fell in love with the business. He takes immense pride in continuing his father’s legacy and keeping his dream alive.