Where is My Car’s OBD-II Port?

A simple guide—with illustrations—to get your car connected.

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At Lemonade Car, you can save a lot of money just by driving with a mileage counting device that plugs right into your car’s OBD-II port.

Great! So now you might be asking yourself: Where the heck is my car’s OBD-II port?

Skip ahead for some quick tips and tricks to easily find that port and get on the road here.

What is an OBD port, anyway?

On-board diagnostics (OBD) ports are connected to the in-vehicle computer that collects info about your car—things like mileage, emissions, car diagnostics, and driving behavior. If your car was manufactured in the US after 1996, it probably has one of these ports—but there are some exceptions. 

When you drive with Lemonade Car, we send you a device that you’ll need to plug into your car’s OBD-II port (aka OBD2 port) before setting it up using the Lemonade app. The device lets us track your mileage—down to the foot!—so we can fairly price your policy

The slightly tricky thing is that the port is in different locations depending on what car you drive. We’ll get into that, but let’s first take a look at the OBD-II port itself. 

What does an OBD-II port look like?

What does an OBD-II port look like?

Your car’s OBD port is a small rectangular outlet that has 16 distinct pinpoints on its face. Each port roughly looks the same, but the material that it’s made from and its color can vary. Yours might be made of metal or plastic; it may be black, white, pink, or multi-colored.   

Keep in mind: Your car’s OBD port might have a plastic cover over it for protection. That cover may say things like “Diagnostic Connector Do Not Remove” or “OBD-II” to indicate the port’s location.

If your car has an OBD port cover, you’ll need to remove it to plug in the device. If you’re having any issues removing the plastic cover—or just want to be extra cautious—check with your car’s manufacturer, or a trusty auto technician, about the best way to take it off.   

How can I find my car’s OBD port location?

It’d be great if every car’s OBD port was in the same place. But alas, this isn’t the case. The specific location of your car’s OBD-II port will depend on its make, model, model year, and body type.

Let’s take a spin through where to look first.

Under the driver’s side dashboard

You probably won’t have to look further than the driver’s side of your car to find the OBD port. Most of the top US automakers—including Toyota, Chevy, and Volkswagen—usually put the OBD port under the driver’s dashboard, within two feet of the steering column. 

First, check below and to the left of the steering wheel. The port could be near the brake pedal or fuse box (or even in the fuse box). 

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If you don’t find the port there, look a little bit further to the left, next to the driver’s side door.

How can I find my car’s OBD port location?

Still no luck? Then it might be slightly to the right of the steering wheel.  

Around the center console 

There’s a chance that your car’s OBD port isn’t on the driver’s side. If that’s the case, the next best place to check is the center console. 

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For example, in certain Audi and Renault models the port is near the top of the center console, under the console’s plastic cover. It could also be just above the center console, near the radio. 

Keep in mind: OBD ports that are around the car’s center console are more likely to have a plastic cover over them, which might be difficult to remove.

Other places to check

Lucky you, it’s scavenger hunt time!

There are a few more places that are worth checking if you still haven’t found the OBD port. For example, certain Honda and Nissan models have an OBD port under the passenger side dashboard. Check below the glove box and near the passenger door. 

The port could also be in the console that’s tucked behind the back of the driver and passenger seats. It will have a cover, and you might need to remove the ashtray inside to find the port.

What should I do if my car doesn’t have a standard OBD port?

For certain cars—including some BMW and Tesla models, or car models manufactured before 1996—there won’t be an OBD-II port, or the port won’t be compatible with our plug-in device. 

If that’s the case, no worries! We’ll send you an adapter cable along with your device so you can connect it via your car’s 12V power port—which is commonly referred to as a car cigarette lighter. 

How do I know if my device is properly connected to the OBD port?

When you use the Lemonade app, we’ll guide you through some simple steps to install the device in your car’s OBD port. 

Not getting a signal from the device? We can help with troubleshooting, also on our app.  

And just a quick disclaimer: Since your monthly price is based on the number of miles you actually drive, you’ll need to keep your device plugged into your car’s OBD port at all times. If it’s left unplugged or without signal, you may get charged a penalty fee.

Let’s stay connected…

Already plugged your device in and set it up via our app? Then it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your Lemonade. 

And our awesome protection, fair prices, and seamless experience don’t have to stop at Lemonade Car. Did you know that we also offer Homeowners, Renters, Pet, and Life insurance? Not only will you become eligible for our bundling discounts, you can also customize and manage each of your Lemonade policies through the same app you use to set up your car’s device.

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