What’s your go to aftermarket scan tool and why?

John Technician Morgantown, West Virginia Posted   Latest  

I am looking to pick up another scan tool. Currently have a Modis Edge, considering trading in for a Verus Edge but would like some input on your favorites before I decide. I’ve also been looking at an Autel, but I have no experience with them in terms of reliability and price of updates and what not. Thanks in advance!

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
Michael
 

I currently have multiple tools. The reason why is nobody does it all. Abrites, Autel, Autoland, Autologic, TEXA, VCMII, VCDS, Witech2. I also use a Drewtech J2534 pass-through for Honda, GM, Toyota, VW and Audi. Depending on what task I am going to do I choose the best tool. I would say if I were to only be able to have one tool, it would be the Autel Elite. It has wide coverage plus a J-Box

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Jason Technician
Hawthorne, New Jersey
Jason
 

How u doing sir? I'm new to the site. The autel elite that comes with the J box for programming is that the same as the drewtech? Very little knowledge when it comes to programming but I see videos of guys programming and I want to get involved in doing that because a lot of these newer cars need modules for programming and alot of the. Need updates as a guy in a recent post talked about a 2013

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Dustin Owner/Technician
Lakeland, Florida
Dustin
 

No it is not the same as drew tech. But it is a capable jbox.

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Dustin Owner/Technician
Lakeland, Florida
Dustin
 

It is a China jbox, drew tech's toolbox functions and walk through videos are bar none for new users. On top of top notch customer support.

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Sean Technician
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sean
 

How you like the autoland? I'm looking at either autoland, g scan, or autologic next.

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Bob Business Development Manager
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bob
 

Owned all three and all have strengths for specific brands. Autologic for Euro is the best, period. Autoland is a great Asian and Euro tool, especially for Asian IMMO and BMW ZCS coding. G Scan is excellent on Asian, specifically Korean brands.

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Paul Owner/Technician
Boulder, Colorado
Paul
 

I'm liking my (new to me) Autel MS906. It does a lot of stuff the Snappy scanners won't do like program NATS/keys/immobilizer programming. Snap On guy says it's too hard/expensive for them to license all the stuff from every OEM but the Chinese just "rip it off". Not sure if that's the case but Autel gives you a lot of bang for the buck in my opinion. After free year I think Autel is $600/year

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Clayton Technician
Liberty Township, Ohio
Clayton
 

I have been very happy with my MS906BT. I've had it for about 6 months now. It does a lot that the Snap On tools won't. It can be slightly more difficult to navigate and find data and functions, but all scan tools are a little quirky. When it's missing something, the shop has a Snap On to fall back on. It is a little slower and the graphing could be executed a bit better. That said, I prefer the

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Bob Business Development Manager
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bob
 

Just come clarification here. There are several half-truths here so I will fill in the blanks. Snap-On, Bosch, OTC, etc buy their diagnostic information from ETI (Equipment and Tool Institute) so they can build their scan tools. IMMO is not part of that data set, so everyone that has it in has reverse engineered it. The Chinese companies do a combination of ETI purchase, reverse engineer and

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Dustin Owner/Technician
Lakeland, Florida
Dustin
 

Well said. The reason the autel is so inexpensive is the fact of pirated software. It is a very capable yet not supported by any manufacture that I am aware of.

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Brian Diagnostician
Seneca, South Carolina
Brian
 

Am I the only one that has a problem buying the Chinese stolen intellectual property? I know they are cheap. I know there is a lot of money to be made. I understand the OE tools are expensive, but how would we feel if someone was always trying to steal our work? If they pay the manufactures like some companies that's fine. I remember a year or so after I bought the IDS we were sent a notice with

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Albin Diagnostician
Leavenworth, Washington
Albin
 

I have several scan tools, both OE & aftermarket. I have used Snap On scan tools for many years and have learned to love them. Currently I use a Snap On Versus pro, which I have had for several years. I also have an Autel and a few other aftermarket tools. When it comes to doing driveability problem analysis, the Snap on tool is my first pick, since it is by far the best scan tool I have

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Rob Diagnostician
Bountiful, Utah
Rob
   

I am currently using my Launch Torque I picked up a month ago. It has a lot of information in it that the shops Verus Pro doesn't have. The price was very reasonable and it gets updated constantly. I have had some issues with some tests not working, but they do have a feature to give them feedback when something isn't working.

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Cliff Diagnostician
Santa Maria, California
Cliff
 

As far as aftermarket tools go I think the Autel is the best bang for the buck. I also have a Snapon Modis Ultra and a Ross-Tech VCDS for VW/Audi stuff. If you have a large amount of the same manufacturer your best off getting the OE stuff. Which can be accomplished with a Drewtech j-2534 box and a subscription for many manufacturers.

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Felix Diagnostician
Miami, Florida
Felix
 

I love my snap on verus edge , for the graphing feature , the scope , even if when I need the scope I use pico, but I really thinking about to buy the autel elite , that way I will have better cover for euro and another feature that autel is very good, so for my opinion , aftermarket these two are very good scan tools

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Pj Technician
Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania
Pj
 

I'll add myself to the list of people recommending the autel to compliment the modis edge. I haven't personally used one myself, but I have heard good things about the launch line as well.

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Bob Diagnostician
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Bob
 

John, everyone that posted so far has offered some good info on scan tool options. I would like to comment on your idea of trading in a Modis Edge for a Verus Edge. The most important thing you need to understanding when moving up to a newer snap-on scanner is that you won't be gaining any coverage or capabilities. The main difference is just in the hardware. While it is certainly nice to

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James Owner/Technician
Pike, Pennsylvania
James
 

We have multiple OEM tools here along with Autologic's blue box and Assist, we also have Ross tech (great tool) Snap on, Drewtech,Ease and others. We have had our Autel Elite for almost three years now and it is used daily. We had a hardware issue with the tool after we had it for around 30 months, it failed to operate so I sent it in thinking I was going to get nailed with a large repair bill

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Paul Owner/Technician
Boulder, Colorado
Paul
 

Autel hardware support sounds way better than DrewTech. Over the last few years I've had 3 Mongoose cables fail due to poor connectors / not being designed tough enough for a busy shop environment. Each time it costs me $150 to "repair" the cables, something that should last for many many years IMHO.

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
Michael
 

Not so sure about the Autel hardware quality. The cables break frequently. The antenna on the J2534 box has a 100% failure rate. Every shop that bought a 908P that I know had to buy an antenna down the road. The insurance plan that goes with the updates does make repairs more palatable. The repair turn around time is reasonable. The early model batteries had a high failure rate. The advantage is

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Rudy Technician
Montebello, California
Rudy
 

Keep the Snap On, add an Autel to compliment it. It is the best 1-2 punch in the aftermarket industry,IMO.

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Pete Mechanic
Newark, Delaware
Pete
 

I have OE for all the makes I work on. I don't work Euro and I only work on the big Asian market vehicles. I also have quite a few aftermarket tools, including OTC, Autel, Escan, Techpro and probably a few I'm forgetting. My "go to" tool is hands down my Solus Edge, it's fast and accurate enough to be a good first grab. I wouldn't attempt advance diagnostics with it unless I had OE back up

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