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matthewz108
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Dealerships charging for data card?

Post by matthewz108 » Fri 12 Oct, 2018 2:57 pm

I just got off the line with my local stealership, who after a month of trying, told me that I'd be charged $190 per car if i wanted the data cards for my cars. Is this correct? Is there a better or more direct way to get the data cards for pre 1983 vehicles (where the online websites don't work)?
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Re: Dealerships charging for data card?

Post by T-Modell » Fri 12 Oct, 2018 4:25 pm

Hi,
afaik - and I read something here in Germany - MB charges 130 Euros for a datacard now. I guess outsourced service company (scans). So imho unfortunately correct.
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Re: Dealerships charging for data card?

Post by Aegean » Fri 12 Oct, 2018 7:15 pm

Yes, it is correct, and confirmed by the Classic Center this week. At the moment, no data cards are being issued, pending the change to the paid service. Glad I have all mine ! $190 x 8 - Mmmm...........
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Re: Dealerships charging for data card?

Post by John Green » Sat 13 Oct, 2018 8:18 am

There are going to be some very upset people over this. Not all datacards were well scanned, to the point that they are not legible. I had a 1966 250SE at one stage that I requested a datacard for and it was close to useless. Craig, if you have 8 cars i would imagine that at least one will be poorly scanned.

Or are they going to put them though some kind of fancy scanner that fix's the poor resolution and then produce a nice typed up datacard for the money?? This could be why you now have to pay for them.
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Re: Dealerships charging for data card?

Post by Aegean » Sat 13 Oct, 2018 8:48 am

Yes, the early ones are pretty poor - 170s, 300b, 220s Ponton, etc but sufficient to work them out. However, I would not be happy to pay $190 for them in their present condition.
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Re: Dealerships charging for data card?

Post by CraigB » Sat 13 Oct, 2018 3:06 pm

The last of the baby boomers talking here...... I know the world has changed but I like the old one and any remnants of it. Everything revolves around the dollar, not that money wasn't important in the past but now it seems money the only motivation and all actions must be referenced to that. So its more crazy to think that until recently they wouldn't charge. A remnant of a time when the company had real pride about what made them different to other companies. What company would provide that sort of service to customers, what company would stand behind parts availability over time etc etc. and the sort of brand loyalty that comes from seeing a purchase as an investment and more than 'just a car'. Listening to other experiences no real differences from one company to another these days. Anyway, I don't think i will lose too much sleep not having data cards for some of my cars - missed opportunity though.
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