Di­ag­nos­tics

Motor Equipment News - - CONTENTS - By Vince Ainsworth of Launchtech.

Most of us ex­pected that a dra­matic shift to­wards the end of car-buy­ing and pri­vate own­er­ship would be here by now, but prophe­cies that a high per­cent­age of mil­len­ni­als would turn their backs on car own­er­ship by 2019 seem to be pre­ma­ture.

That said, we must note that ride­hail­ing ser­vices such as Uber, and soon to be re­leased au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles, are a ma­jor threat to pri­vate car own­er­ship. In sim­ple terms, we just don’t use our cars very much. Trans­porta­tion sta­tis­tics around ma­jor cities world­wide con­firmed long­stand­ing claims by ur­ban plan­ners that, on av­er­age, cars are parked 95 per­cent of the time. This car “in-use” per­cent­age was cal­cu­lated by first us­ing data on the num­ber of car trips and their av­er­age time, then sur­vey re­sults about the time we spend driv­ing, and fi­nally for­mu­lated from re­ports on the dis­tance and av­er­age speeds cars travel.

The av­er­age of this ar­rives at five per­cent, or less, as the time cars are in use. Ur­ban plan­ners are most con­cerned with the bur­den on in­fra­struc­ture that stor­ing all those un­der-used cars on cities have. A ben­e­fit of this shift away from mass car own­er­ship would re­sult in “huge park­ing space sav­ings,” help­ing make cities denser, more ef­fi­cient, and more live­able.

Ob­vi­ously, it’s not just the car park stor­age space, but the cars them­selves, that are be­ing wasted un­der our cur­rent pri­vate own­er­ship sys­tem. Shar­ing ve­hi­cles, ei­ther through ex­ist­ing ser­vices such as taxis, or Uber, and through au­to­mated ve­hi­cles that could be sum­moned as needed, would lead to sig­nif­i­cantly lower over­all spend­ing on cars.

A lot of a ve­hi­cle’s de­pre­ci­a­tion is due to new mod­els be­ing re­leased ev­ery year with new fea­tures, as well as sun dam­age and cor­ro­sion which takes place while the car is sit­ting still.

To­day the mo­tor in­dus­try has re­cov­ered a bit from its post-re­ces­sion night­mare. How­ever, there is a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of tran­sit-lov­ing, bike-rid­ing, ride shar­ing “next gen­er­a­tion” com­ing soon and in the fu­ture will prob­a­bly start a big shift in spend­ing away from the body of steel and plas­tic that, mostly just sits in your drive­way.

But let’s not start pre­par­ing a funeral just yet for the pri­vate car! For those of us who re­pair cars your job is still safe as New Zealand’s new ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions in­creased 7.9 per­cent to 14,169 in May this year from the same month a year ear­lier, mark­ing the strong­est level for May since the Mo­tor In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion be­gan col­lat­ing the data in 1975. Reg­is­tra­tions of pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles and SUVs jumped 11 per­cent to 9,276, while com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions rose three per­cent to 4,893.

New Zealand new ve­hi­cle sales hit an an­nual record for the fourth year run­ning in 2017 as the econ­omy is buoyed by low in­ter­est rates and record mi­gra­tion, and this year new ve­hi­cle sales are run­ning 2.7 per­cent ahead of last year.

So it’s prob­a­bly time to up­date your old out­dated scan­ner to ac­com­mo­date the new vari­a­tions of au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy in­tro­duced over the last 10 years. A per­fect up­grade is the un­ri­valled Launch 2018 edi­tion X431 PAD III.

Buy a new 2018 edi­tion Launch X431 PAD III dur­ing spring and get our new USA-made hand-held Auto Scope and Sec­ondary ig­ni­tion tester for 50 per­cent off the RRP.

We have re­ceived an­other ship­ment for the X431 PAD III at an in­cred­i­ble price so you now have no ex­cuse to not up­grade that old Launch, or other old-type scan­ner that sits in your of­fice and gath­ers dust. Trade in and save now. The all new gen­uine Launch PAD III scan­ner now pro­vides up to 99 per­cent cov­er­age from early 1990s to the lat­est ve­hi­cles.

All our Launch scan­ners are gen­uine and come with 99 per­cent world makes cov­er­age and guar­an­teed to cover more man­u­fac­tur­ers and mod­els than any other scan­ner on the mar­ket.

All our Launch scan­ners are NOT OBD code read­ers pos­ing as scan­ners, like some other scan­ners on the mar­ket. They not only read fault codes and clear, but re­set ser­vice lights, code in­jec­tors, airbags, key re­pro­gram­ming, throt­tle bod­ies, etc., trans­mis­sion adap­tions, which in­clude Audi, VW, Skoda chan­nel codes and ad­vanced ser­vice pro­ce­dures. Call us to find out more de­tails and of course we can pro­vide fi­nance for the cost of what you would make from one di­ag­nos­tic scan per week. Based on fi­nance on a Launch X431 PAD III set over two years. It just makes sense.

Warn­ing no­tice: We have switched off some Launch scan­ners in the last few months bought from il­le­gal chan­nels. Do not buy from Trade Me or oth­ers try­ing to sell Launch pre­tend­ing to be gen­uine; they will be dealt with by head of­fice. If they are claim­ing they are a NZ master dealer get the scan­ner se­rial num­ber and let us know. We can ver­ify it, but we may switch off any scan­ner pur­chased through il­le­gal chan­nels. Don’t buy a tool which fails to work as de­scribed, or find it's a clone and can­not be regis­tered, re­paired or sup­ported. Here at LaunchNZ we are only a phone call away. All en­quiries please call me at 021 241 4885 for a quick re­sponse.

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