How to Scan & Unlock Vehicle Parts in Borderlands 3

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Vehicle scanning is a new mechanic in Borderlands 3. After hijacking a vehicle, you will be able to take it to a Catch-a-ride station and have it scanned by Ellie.

Once a vehicle is scanned, all the unique parts and cosmetics on that vehicle will be unlocked. Therefor, when you next use a catch-a-ride to deploy, vehicles will have these new components to use.

Below, we’ll show you how to hijack and scan vehicles in-game. For more Borderlands 3 Guides & Best-of content for PS4, PC and Xbox One, make sure to check out our dedicated area here

Scanning Vehicles

First, you will need to hijack a vehicle you want to scan. To do that, get within practically touching distance and interact with a vehicle. On PC, you can do this by pressing E. Your character will jump in, throw out the driver and take control of the vehicle.

Hijack a vehicle

Once you have the vehicle, drive it to any catch-a-ride station on the map. These are indicated with the keys minimap icon.

Use Catch-a-ride

All you have to do, is drive the vehicle onto the station where cars are usually spawned. It will be scanned, and the message ‘New vehicle parts added’ will appear, if there are any to be unlocked.

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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!