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we just invested in the ateq vt55. thing does everything we need it to from ecu reprogram on Asians to Europeans . also now has capability to program aftermarket sensors like alligator sensit right off of the unit . it was a little more pricey than some of the competitors but tpms systems seem like its here to stay so for us it was a worthwhile investment , also all the updates are easy to download right from the pc to the unit.

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we just invested in the ateq vt55. thing does everything we need it to from ecu reprogram on Asians to Europeans . also now has capability to program aftermarket sensors like alligator sensit right off of the unit . it was a little more pricey than some of the competitors but tpms systems seem like its here to stay so for us it was a worthwhile investment , also all the updates are easy to download right from the pc to the unit.

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Is there a reason you picked it over the Bartec tool or others?

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Tony

 

Is there a reason you picked it over the Bartec tool or others?

 

 

 

i have never owned the bartech but have delt with other shops that have ,and they seemed to have issues with functionality and holes in the coverage. when i was demoed this unit the company which i purchased (myers tire ) it from sells both units and others and from what they seem to say is that bar tech is a great unit as well ,but the ateq was the choice of the leading tire shops . i did my research . great info on you tube if you want to see it in action.I it was also recommended to me by another disturber (rh scales) which also carriers multiple lines with the same recommendations . not to say that this is the best unit out. we have had it a couple of months now and seems to be working for us. i seemed to base my decision on the fact that this company seems to focus on tpms not just a add on like some the other manufactures.

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I've given up on my OTC tpms tool. Now I use a magnet for Schrader sensors, my air pressure gauge for the others. Replacement sensors are the plug and play redi-sensor's. If we get one we can't program I send it to the dealer. So frustrating to spend $$$$ and still not get results, seems like every Toyota turns the tpms light back on after a couple days.

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