When I worked at a Ford dealer in the late 1980’s we still had all the part and repair information manuals for the 1966 model Fords. The repair book was just under 1,000 pages in an over-sized format; it included repair instructions and labor information for all the American cars and Volkswagons too. Today my Alldata system contains 47 dvds (a dvd holds about 96,000 letter-size documents) with repair instructions and labor information for most models sold in the United States. I also subscribe to Identafix and IATN (International Auto Technician’s Network) for additional information.
In 1966 Ford had 7 different models including F-Series trucks and E-Series vans. In 2006 Ford has 11 different model vehicles! Toyota imported a very small number of cars in the 1960’s. Then Lexus and Scion spun off from the parent Toyota group, creating even more variety. Now they are the #1 sold vehicle in the world.
Imagine how much information a technician needs to access to repair your vehicle! Different vehicles require different tools and different training, greatly increasing the investment required by your technician. A good technician will spend tens of thousands of dollars in tools and the repair shop will spend HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars in heavy equipment.
Today’s technicians do not have an easy job. New manufacturers, new tools and new technologies can give the most skilled and experienced technician a case of information overload! At Innovative Autocare, our ASE- certified technicians are experts in foreign and domestic diagnostics and repair. Whether you need a simple oil change or a major repair, we are here to help keep you and your family safely on the road.