SnapOn legacy tool updates

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22 Nov 2019 10:52 #35213 by johspa
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I have been a DIY guy for a couple of years now and since getting on Scanner Danner I am getting really interested in going a further with troubleshooting other folks cars. So, I would like to get a Scope (possibly a Scan tool) for this but on a budget. So, I have been looking at a used Modis, Verus, or Vantage Pro which are legacy SnapOn tools. Based on other threads, it seems you need to "know someone" at SnapOn to get them updated so wondered if there is a formal process for these kinds of updates? How would I get them updated if I did decide to purchase one of these? Could someone point me in the right direction in case I do go this route? Maybe there is a SnapOn person out there that could help me?

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23 Nov 2019 08:19 #35229 by Noah
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You might be able to purchase updates through the snap on web site if you don't have a local dealer, but they are pretty pricey.
If you are DIY, I would recommend finding a used tool with software that will cover a majority of the vehicles you work on.
For example, if most of the cars you see are 2014 or under a tool with version 15.1 would be fine.
Alternatively, to update from 15.1 to current, you may be required to pay for every update between then and now. Updates come out quarterly (4 a year) and are around $1000 each. So $4000 a year for a tool that's 4 years out of date would likely not only exceed the value of the tool, but would also make it nearly impossible to recoup your investment as a DIY.

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05 Dec 2019 11:35 #35567 by Andy.MacFadyen
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If you are starting out plan on your expenditure on upgrades, I would go with a good bi-directional scantool from Launch or Autel for scope 99% of automotive work requires no more than 2 channels --- that is changing but even a 4 cam variable valve timing V engine can be checked with a 2 channel scope. I would suggest you look at the Ditex range.

For a scantool look at the bi-directional tools Launch X431 and Autel 900 ranges, some of the "usual suspects" on Youtube use these even though they also have and use Snap-on
Personally I am now firmly in the Launch camp.

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07 Dec 2019 16:05 #35618 by johnathon.balderas
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a used Verus can be had for around a grand which puts you at the same price as the cheapest autel that has bi-directional featrues

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