Consumers and DIYers can now get all the information they need to repair their cars like a pro.
Fountain Valley, Calif. (PRWEB) January 29, 2008 — Equus Products, Inc., automotive aftermarket manufacturer, announced today the release of Its CanOBD2.com® website, which delivers a comprehensive RepairSolutions™ system to end-users. It is designed to compliment the company's INNOVA® branded "Check Engine" tools, headlined by the #3100, which is the industry's number-one selling OBD2 tool with over 400,000 pieces sold. A major industry milestone, this VIN-specific, Internet-database repair solutions portal is expected to revolutionize the way do-it-yourselfers and consumers approach automotive repairs.
"The CanOBD2 website and RepairSolutions database have been under development for over a decade, and mark a major milestone for our company and the industry," said Keith Andreasen, ASE double-master technician and Innova's director of technical services. "Yesterday it was acceptable to sell tools to people without offering them any help in solving their problems. Today, we have raised the standard of OBD tools. Not only will customers be able to get our popular selection of tools and ASE-certified technical support, but now we can provide them with a complete repair solution, including how to fix their problem."
When used in conjunction with the INNOVA® line of diagnostic tools, the CanOBD2.com website and MyRepairSolutions™ portal are the most comprehensive diagnostic solution in the industry. Consumers and DIYers alike can register for free to become a CanOBD2.com MyRepairSolutions member, where they gain access to interactive content, including the most comprehensive and accurate fixes to diagnostic codes anywhere on the web. This extensive knowledge database that, until now, only a professional technician would have access to lets users:
· Pinpoint why their "Check Engine" light is on
· Get a better understanding of why the failure occurred
· Print a free basic report with trouble code definitions, monitor status and freeze frame data
· Vehicle profile to track vehicle history, complete preliminary diagnosis worksheets
· Access a full library of diagnostic trouble codes, tech tips
· Get ready for a state vehicle emissions "smog" test, and more
The CanOBD2.com website also features technical service bulletins (TSBs) and vehicle recall information; support from ASE Certified technicians; and information about the INNOVA line of tools; with more features and functions planned in the future. More importantly, RepairSoutions™ offers users the opportunity to purchase a comprehensive Advanced Report. This advanced report, which costs under $10, even provides estimates on parts needed for the repair, labor time required, plus TSBs and recall information.
With nearly one million OBD2 tools sold in fewer than six years, Innova Electronics is a leading developer of diagnostic tools for the automotive aftermarket. According to Andreasen, the company prides itself on listening to its customers and providing the most comprehensive technical support for its products.
"About a third of all calls received into Innova's technical call center were from people asking how to fix the code displayed on their diagnostic tool. Now, all they have to do is plug their tool into a PC that will automatically launch CanOBD2.com and MyRepairSolutions personal portal, using the included RepairSolutions software, to provide knowledge on how to fix the problem and repair the vehicle themselves," said Andreasen. "Previously you could get repair solutions from books or by subscribing to an online service, but until now you couldn't pinpoint the problem specific to your particular vehicle and particular situation – and certainly not at such an affordable cost. CanOBD2.com's RepairSolutions is like CliffNotes® for car repairs. It literally takes you right to the page, paragraph and diagram you need to get the repair done right the first time."
Innova's RepairSolutions knowledgebase has been under development for over 10 years, and includes thousands of fixes for thousands of actual in-use vehicles, input by a nationwide network of thousands of ASE-certified mechanics. It is supplemented by OEM data; licensed information from Thompson Delmar; and updated as well as validated daily by members, consultants and ASE Master technicians. It includes diagnostic data and solutions for most 1996 and newer OBD2-compliant cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs – foreign and domestic.
When Equus Products introduced its INNOVA® 3100 OBD2 Diagnostic Tool, it took the automotive DIY industry by storm with its ease of use and price point. That was six years and over 400,000 pieces sold ago. Today, the demand for these OBD2 tools shows no sign of slowing. DIYers, professional technicians and consumers are looking for efficient ways to diagnose "Check Engine" light issues. In addition to the debut of CanOBD2.com and RepairSolutions, the company continues to expand its family of OBD tools, with the recent addition of its INNOVA® 3130 CanOBD2® Scan Tool and the INNOVA® 3120 CanOBD2&1 Tool KitTM. Both include powerful PC-based shop software and are Internet flash updateable for future coverage. Innova tool owners can quickly and easily join RepairSolutions by plugging their tool into their PC and clicking "upgrade" when the current software launches. And if you don't own a CanOBD2 tool, you can still benefit from RepairSolutions. Just visit www.CanOBD2.com for more information.
About Equus Products, Inc.:
Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Equus Products, Inc., is an ISO 9001: 2000 certified company, and a leading manufacturer and distributor of test equipment, gauges and tachometers for the automotive aftermarket. Celebrating a quarter century since being founded in 1982, the company markets and distributes its line under the EQUUS® brand to major retail and WD accounts throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 1990, Innova Electronics Corporation was acquired for research, design and product development. Products developed under this division carry the INNOVA® brand. The company's automotive test equipment is sold at more than 12,000 retail outlets in North America. The company's products are supported by a team of ASE Certified Technical Support via toll-free 800 number and website. For more information, visit www.CanOBD2.com or www.iEquus.com, or email: sales@iEquus.com.
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