GM's a bunch of douchenozzles too. I got a GM parts buddy I've known for 20 years. He couldn't sell me a Tech2. Not wouldn't, couldn't. He did manage to sneak me the latest linear flash card though.
Best Regards, S. Kameron CRL.
My post was not directed at you Ben. You would most likely be the recipient of such calls. It was more directed at the folks who bitch about the cost of something because they've seen the Chinese knockoff price on eBay but want the safety of buying it stateside.
Personally, I can't stand the tech calls about why something is not programming and find out they are using a $300 offshore programmer.
I agree, but lemme clarify my "tech I harass somewhat regularly" comment: we have each other's cell no, we talk cars, planes, diagnostic strategies, women, god, and the tragedy of living in a bipartisan political system. We talk. It wasn't faux pas to ask about the micropod.
I don't charge this dealer for facility service work or the occasional "whoops we lost this customer's key" jobs, or pulling a pin the rare Routan that finds its way into their service bay.
I don't have a problem with a supplier or middleman making money. I do have a problem with paying 4x more for the same tool than a dealer tech.
I guarantee you AE isn't making that margin. It's brightstar/FCA, and let's be real here, it's nothing more than an asshole tax for us.
I got mine from AE tools. They are the aftermarket supplier. I wouldn't try to circumvent anyone from making their money. Let everyone make their money that they are entitled to make. The same policy should apply to everyone in business. Is that a crime