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ALLDATA vs. Mitchell vs. Identifix for repair shops


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68mustang
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Apr 16, 2013, 2:53 PM

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Just getting started and a bit confused...can someone explain to me the difference between these three? What's best for a small repair shop?


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Apr 16, 2013, 4:16 PM

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Alldata and Mitchell offer the same types of products and they have different strengths and weaknesses within.
Identifix is quite different though.

Alldata and Mitchell are both basically online factory service manuals with TSBs, parts and labor in addition to the service data.

Indentifix is basically a database of known fixes uploaded by people in the field. It is a good compliment in addition to one of the other systems. Most techs prefer Alldata over Mitchell but Mitchell does have some nicer wiring diagrams.



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Apr 16, 2013, 5:00 PM

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Another source you can look at is ShopKey. Its owned by SnapOn and your dealer can set you up. I'm not sure what pricing is on the others, but it runs $160 a month for ShopKey. I've used Alldata myself and it is pretty good. Identifix is exactly as HT mentioned. I've heard good things. You should be able to do a 2-week or so trial of it to see what you think.

Another great source of info is a membership to IATN. Its $15 per month billed quarterly. Huge waveform library and tons of archived and active tech help real world fixes. I like the search functions to find archived tech help. Really helps narrow down what you are after.


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Apr 16, 2013, 6:18 PM

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Shopkey is Mitchell



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68mustang
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Apr 16, 2013, 7:53 PM

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Thanks guys...this is really helpful. I heard something about Identifix adding repair manuals - do you think I could use it instead of alldata? It seems like it'd be good to have but I'd like to keep costs down if I can.


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Apr 17, 2013, 3:03 AM

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No, Identifix would need to be in addition to one or the other. If you're only going with one, I would suggest Alldata to be the most complete and easiest to navigate.



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Apr 17, 2013, 7:12 PM

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I was thinking Haynes or Chiltons myself.





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Apr 17, 2013, 7:17 PM

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I thought you relied on Scotty Kilmer and youtube.....................LOL



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Apr 17, 2013, 8:04 PM

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That's my back up for when times get really tough.





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faithsdad
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I HAVE ALWAYS USED ALLDATA FOR THE LAST 20+ YEARS I HAVE NOW CROSSED OVER! IDENTIFIX GIVES MOTOR INFO WHICH IS WHAT WE GET WITH ALLDATA AND GIVES YOU OEM I FIND MYSELF NEVER HAVIGN TO CALL DEALERSHIPS ANYMORE FOR CURRENT TSB'S OR RESET / RELEARN PROCEDURES!!!
THEY USE TO BE ONLY A SUPLEMENT TOOL NOW THEY ARE A STAND ALONE I FINNALLY GOT RID OF MY ALLDATA. BESIDES BECAUSE THIS IS MONTH TO MONTH THE CUSTOMER SERVICE IS GREAT I CAN CALL THE GAL THAT SOLD ME ANYTIME AND SHE IS WILLING TO HELP NO SYSTEM IS PERFECT BUT IT SURE HELPS TO BE ABLE TO CALL SOMEONE THAT WILL NOT BLOW YOU OFF AND TRACK DOWN WHAT YOU NEED.Wink


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