Scanner plug-in modules
Knowing nothing about OBDII or ELM or any such scanner software, I went ahead and ordered a cheapo plug-in module for $3 that should connect via bluetooth to my phone. Still waiting on its arrival, but in the meantime I wondered what the members have to say about scanners? And has anyone tried these bluetooth modules? For $3, plus free software, I am curious to see if it is at all useful!
Firstly, I suspect the most sage members will point me in the direction of multiecuscan or some such software, and recommend buying the ($49) licence. On the basis that it will save me a fortune in the end, especially as I have two alfas (and one chrysler).
Secondly, I had a big argument with my garage about charging for plugging in their ($10000) scanner - they charge in excess of $50 every time they plug it in. OK, charge for the technics' time reading and using the scanner - say 30 minutes of 'standard' time - but $50 just for having it and plugging it in? Say you have an expensive hydraulic lift in your garage - you going to charge $20 every time you use it? 50 cents for every spanner used? A dollar for a torque wrench? Charges for computers and printers in the back office? OK, I know software upgrades for a scanner can run into say $1,000 per annum as well, but really, the diagnostic scanner is just a tool of the trade...like every other piece of capital equipment...so why the separate charge?
Plus, every time you plug it in to check for something, you will probably find something else - which your customer will want fixed, equals more money for the garage...so, I suspect this piece of equipment and software more than pays for itself without any extra charge for using it. Any garages / mechanics out there have a different view? Seems to me like it is high time a diagnostic scanner became the same as other garage equipment - tool of the trade. Like I said, charge for the mechanic's time hooking it up, running and interpreting the results...but not just because it was an expensive capital item to buy.