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  1. well at least after 5 years the OP now has the correct answer , it reminds me of british rail , late but gets there in the end
  2. but what a robust machine that just keeps on working , it will outwork and out live the new breed of machine that are not built for heavy use and lifetime use . yes its become more limited as it cant do many of the newer keys , but its paid for itself many times over and i suspect will do so for many years to come. viper , triax , 299 , 399 etc are all real workhorses , a reminder of what quality once was.
  3. thats good news , there was a time you couldnt do anything with it at all unless you had access to sellers email account , is that on lonsdor and obdstar now or just lonsdor
  4. be careful of buying lonsdor second hand , unless things have changed then lonsdor once activated on an account cannot be transfrerred so you would need access to the email account the machine is registered to in order to update and use online functions as well as log in details for this account . i believe similar issue used to exist with obdstar not long ago .
  5. yup JC and the rest of his leadership was the best gift Labour could have given the conservatives in this election , all the time JC and his cronies were at the helm it was always going to be a good result for boris. maybe we will now see brexit get done
  6. all jmd ( handy baby) chips can be rewritten , just google handy baby or ebay . tradelocks used to sell them , hickleys sell them but far dearer than online purchase , 3d group sell the chips but dearer than online . same with cn chips used on cn900 these can be rewritten too. other options include kdx2 from keydiry or xhorse keytool or xhorse mini key tool , both even cheaper than handy baby but you would need to download the app to your phone and connect to app by bluetooth to clone keys . but you still have the issue of if not leaving the shop that you will limit yourself to a tiny market , that will dissapoint as id46 and 48 will be the bulk of what you will be asked for , 3d group have a special offer on xhorse mini key tool at present as well , 3d sell compatible cloning chips for both kdx2 and xhorse tool and handy baby , as well as plenty of online sellers as well . with the limited market you will confine yourself to i would stick with kdx2 , xhorse mini key tool , handy baby as on these you may get payback in time
  7. ok by black box i assume you mean the black folder to right of machine , this is just an envelope containing the id48 activation and a few cloning chips or gkm heads , so its just an envelope . ok the mini needs internet for all cloning , its not stand alone , so you will need a pc connected to wifi to use it effectively , better options exist and some cheaper , if willing to pay a little more then rw4 plus will do 4d and id46 stand alone without wifi , but cheaper still is the handy baby or handy baby 2 cloner , it will do 4d and id46 stand alone with no internet needed and is less than half the price of the keyline mini, only 80 bit 4d and g chip and id48 need internet . the other advantage of handy baby is the cloning chips are far cheaper around half the silca and keyline price and just as reliable . if not willing to leave the shop , then you will struggle and wont be able to complete most jobs that come in , you will be limited to fixed code keys that ended on most cars after around 2001 , and if using a tool like handy baby or rw4 plus you will be able to do 4d 40 bit without leaving the shop and 4d 80 bit if you have wifi connection . the most common car keys you will be asked to clone are id46 keys , for these you will need to leave the shop to sniff data from the customers car with all cloners , id48 are common too and for these you must leave the shop to sniff data from car and you must have wifi and be online for the calculation . id say id46 and id48 will represent 80% + of what you will be asked for by your customers , so if not willing to leave the shop to sniff data from car you leave yourself just a small percentage of keys you will be able to do , i doubt enough to get payback on a keyline mini or rw4 plus . if going to limit yourself to just fixed code and 4d then id stick to a tool like handy baby , cn900 mini as will cost you between £170 and £350 for the tool and the chips are around £5 each which is half the cost of a keyline chip . if not willing to leave shop you are wasting time and money on the keyline mini as its main functions that will cover most of what you will be asked for you wont use. 80% or more of what you will be asked for will require data sniffing from the car , so to do them you must either go to the car to do this or trust your customer to take your unit to their car to do the sniffing and show them how to do this , fine if they get it right and even better if you get your unit back . if limiting yourself to just what you can do without leaving the shop then an rw4 or even rw3 will be adequate cheap as chips 2nd hand.
  8. happy ? hmmm i can just about remember happy i think . roll on retirement
  9. watch this space and your email box for a certain firms key programming and training roadshow in mid/west wales shortly ! it will soon be full of hopefull fully trained locksmiths armed with a smart pro and a zedfull and keydiy. wait till the inevitable call out cancels when a few minutes away as found the key , found someone cheaper or one of the other 4 locksmiths they called got their before you , shit happens and you cant charge a fee as advertise no call out , people panic and often phone more than 1 locksmith , if long distance or a run of over an hour which some will be in the areas your covering its advised to take a deposit especially at night . i dont envy you , thats a huge area if covering it all on your own with 1 service van , and promising a 1 hour arrival time especially when crossing counties , the m25 or going into london , and covering all of these 24 hours , i take my hat off to you . cant fault your enthusiasm and really do wish you luck and hope it lives up to expectations
  10. you will find it very hard to get local auto locksmiths to buddy up with , this is very much a solitary life , you will understand why in the years to come when new starts want to cosy up to you for help . theres not many that will give the time of day to someone setting up to be a competitor in an already saturated market that they will be struggling to get by in. you look to be covering a huge area , and an area renowned for slow moving traffic and motorway car parks appearing daily , good luck and all the best with this , moving away from kent was good for my sanity on the road, so select quality stock as in such a big area call backs will be costly , then the sods law days when each job is at the furthest extremity from the last of the area , your advert of arrival within an hour will be hard to meet at wrong time of day , i despise that m25 and area as spent too many years of mylife on the m25 and m20 , one of the things i miss least about moving north. nope its not cheap at all , i have 1 van on road , i carry now around £120k in remote and key stock so i can do most jobs same day , and another 140k in equipment , tools and token free diag , so your correct its not a cheap business , and i still spend up to 15k a year on upgrades which then brings more expense on the new coverage key stock . it never stops being expensive , it will continue to be expensive until you retire , expensive is the only constant within this trade, though only expensive to keep up and buy kit and stock , its getting cheaper and cheaper rate wise causing a big imbalance for many. in my next life i plan to come back as a distributor . you will now soon realise just how many fools exist doing any remote key between £60 and £80 all in and the numerous beer money boys working for a pack of fags that exist , mostly on facebook with their chinese tat offerings and unsustainable low prices , you will see these quickly dissappear to be replaced by 2 more and so on , this is the bargain basement the trades become. learn to do the type of jobs the new boys cant do as these at least still pay well . welcome and best of luck , but outside of socials at trade shows you will find it hard to buddy up to anyone worthwhile within your area other than those who want a nosy to check you out and decide how to best compete with what you will offer , no one helps the new competitors in their own area too much as affects there own business , to them your just another of the 5 to 10 new starts they see each year in the area . concentrate on what you do and get stuck in local friendships build up over time and normally from trade show socials . you have to ask yourself , if you are having to graft out a living in an oversaturated market , how much help will you want to give new guys setting up in your area to reduce your living further ? then you understand why this is rare. attend trade shows , and meet and socialise , join forums and read .
  11. my biggest concern is now the fudged brexit , i voted leave and would still do so if i could turn back the clock , though at present i think this will be an absolute disaster no matter the outcome of the election. politicians have negotiated a terrible deal that leaves us at the whim of the eu , usa trade deal will be one sided . our politicians have put us in a position of weakness , we have no bargaining leverage , in fact we have none at all , the upshot is we would go cap in hand to the americans or to the eu and take what we are given. as good as leaving could have been , the incompetence of our parliment has left us up the stream without a paddle or a boat . i cant blame the scotts for wanting to desert this sinking ship , i suspect many brits would like to do same
  12. as said if 5GO KEYDIY DOES NOT COVER THESE REMOTES !!! you will need to buy oem key and have diagnostics that can program mk7 golf, you will not do this with keydiy . keydiy cannot support or offer instructions for a key they dont do or a system they dont do , 5go is not listed on their coverage list becuase its not covered , keydiy offer no instructions or support on it because they dont cover it , maybe if and when they can cover it they will add info .
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