I've been able to do everything that has come thru our door with an Autel (MS908) with their pass through, OEM site subscriptions for some flashing the autel cannot handle.
For other things that won't cover - IE mostly german stuff, EEPROM, VVDI2, etc has been able to get it all done.
What modules specifically are you getting a request for and I could prolly point you in a better direction for what you actually NEED. You can buy a lot of tools and spend a lot of money that's not needed if you want.
Oem tools for sure until u get some experience and figure what u can do without the oe tool. I am looking into the new autel diag/key programmer it has some of the autel functions but still has key prog and eeprom functions
Bottom line, you are going to need OEM diagnostic capabilities for the manufacturers, years and models you intend to service. That may mean OEM tools, a good J2534 device and appropriate software and/or subscriptions, or most likely a combination of both.
Aftermarket tools will cover some of those duties. But I certainly wouldn't want to step off into that abyss without the catch net of the proper OEM tools underneath me. Not to mention some solid training.
i personally have the AEZ Flasher2 and use it for GM mostly and so far it works flawless. And tech support is awsome with AE Tools full tech support for the life of tool.Ford ford i use IDS which i highly recommend.The max-sys with passthru from alot of garages that own them and they still call me to reflash modules.I guess it’s a learning curve for them.
I'm considering getting into this field. I have some eeprom equipment, top of the line soldering, and hot air station, and key programming equipment. I'm thinking that an Autel scan tool is next in line. My first question on which tool in the Autel line has the most module swapping capabilities? Do I need the Maxisys Elite? Should I get the one with j2534 pass-thru interface, or should I buy the AEZ Flasher2 Separately? Do I need OEM programmers?