Just did 2003 Impala using TIS . In Body under Radio ,Relearn.No need for Vin from donor car.Have done a few Cadillac.They removed the feature on some newer but if you go back a few years on veh selection it sometimes works.
Customer said old radio was draining battery so they disconnected it 10 years ago. Someone wrote no sound on old radio .Now selling car .buys radio from junkyard pays me to unlock it . Guess what radio on ,no sound.Look under rear deck at amplifier . All unplugged ! Plug in Radio works .Old guy happy can sell car now Can’t drive anymore !
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.