New diagnostic tool, the iMAT

the iMATWe recently ran a full feature on the benefits of DIY Diagnostics (February issue) and it is certainly an area that we think will grow, especially with the competent DIY mechanic. Laser Tools has just announced a new diagnostic tool, the iMAT; this stands for Multi Application Tool and is a handheld diagnostic/service tool that uses downloadable apps. The tool is bought preloaded with a particular app (Diesel Particulate Filter service, or Electronic Park Brake service for example) and then when future apps are required the user simply connects via USB to his laptop and buys the suitable downloads straight onto the tool from the Laser Tools website. The vehicle application list is large and the downloaded apps are upgradeable when more vehicles are added to this list. Laser say it’s very easy to use, you simply follow the instructions displayed on the screen. Plugged in to the vehicle’s diagnostic socket, the tool connects to and works with the vehicle’s computer to carry out the particular task required. When a user has a specific need, then a quick connection via USB to the Internet and the new app is downloaded straight on to the iMAT. The RRP is £499, but as ever, it is worth shopping around for offers. The downloadable apps are £75 (plus VAT). For more details go to:

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