Leveling the playing field

There are some people that will buy a car off the Internet without taking a test drive. And there are some people who meet over the weekend in Vegas and get married. I’ll just say that they are special people who must know what they want or don’t care what they get. When it comes to researching OE information, there’s a better way to choose it than to blindly buy a half-baked solution and then find out that it doesn’t suit your needs or meet your standards. Simply, it is best to take a test drive. There is a test drive I just took and I urge you to take if you are truly interested in keeping up or surpassing the dealer piraña in your marketplace. It’s called MotoLOGIC, which is accessible at motologic.com. When you take this test drive, you might forget that you’re working at an independent shop and somehow miraculously wound up at a dealership. And it could be almost any dealership selling almost any kind of brand because MotoLOGIC presently covers about 93 percent of the vehicles on the road. Moreover, it preserves the OE content and functionality of the OE websites and puts it into one easy to use, highly searchable format. In the process, all hyperlinks and interactive functionality remain intact. Basically, it is like you’re using an OE website, which certainly helps level the playing field with the dealerships.  One of the first highlights you’re going to see on the MotoLOGIC test drive is a Search box. If you like Google, Yahoo or Bing, then you’re going to like his function. Start to type in what you’re looking for, which could be a symptom, a diagnostic trouble code, a component, or whatever —and — poof — the auto suggest feature will provide several options from which you can choose. It is like it knows what you’re thinking. For example, start to type in “window regulator” and you won’t even be able to finish the word “window” before a list of options appear. If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for or you just want to see the extent of the available information, you can click the “All Info Types” tab where you will literally find thousands of pages of information. A more defined search can be had from one of the adjacent tabs, which include Bulletins, Diagnostics, Diagrams, Locators, Maintenance, Repair Info, Specifications and Labor Times. If you’re in a hurry — which is practically always — use the “Quick Specs”  function for fast, easy reference for the most common specifications such as firing orders, torque sequences, belt routing and fluid capacities. Or maybe you want to search a vehicle’s subsystems. There they are on the lefthand navigation bar, which just happens to be the OE Table of Contents. Page through OE Service manuals like a dealership. Click the links and drill down to related articles. For example, click on “Powertrain,” and the drop down lists “Driveline,” “Engine,” “Internal Engine Powertrain Control” and “Transmission/Transaxle.” Keep clicking and what seems like every possible scenario is at your fingertips.   It’s clear the MotoLOGIC people are thinking logically. Underlying their thoughts is that they want techs spending less time researching and more time working in the bays. That’s good for owners and techs, who stand to make more do-re-mi.  Well, I hope you enjoyed our quick little trip through MotoLOGIC. Because of the volume of information — in depth and breadth — we haven’t even had a chance to leave the driveway for the full MotoLOGIC trip. So sit down, buckle up, punch in monologic.com and hang onto your hat. You’re in for a heck of a ride. 
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