The Truth About OTC 3825 Pegisys & Verus – Scan ToolsDecember 13, 2008 9:49 am Auto Scan Tool, OTC Tool Blog
No Verus on this Snap On Truck
I stepped onto a Snap On truck today to get a close up shot of the Verus for this blog. The Snap On salesman said he couldn’t justify the expense of keeping a Verus scan tool in stock, it sells for $8895 without accessories. Quite understandable with today’s economic state and the price of the Snap On Verus scan tool approaching the cost of a new economy car like the Nissan Versa.
The Truth. “Obviously there is a huge bias towards the OTC tools on this site, so it is pointless to try and make a direct comparison. The VERUS is an actual COMPUTER, running windows XP, capable of running numerous applications and going to unlimited websites. The Pegisys is simply a custom interface with a touchscreen. The ONLY websites you can access are for software downloads and identifix. All of the information in the “comparison info” on the OTC site is misconstrued and mostly lies. Having used both, the verus has the better screen, better interface, better true shop capabilities, etc, etc, etc… the list goes on and on. What are the major complaints here? personality keys? really? We have been using them for a very long time, it’s not that big of a deal. The wireless link to the pegisys failed multiple times during the demonstration by the napa rep, I wouldn’t try and use that day to day. Also, the verus stores customer information and vehicle information until deleted, not for just two weeks like pegisys. And the ability to graph and record ALL PIDS at once, instead of just the three on screen is critical! The verus is always recording pid data from when you enter the datastream, when I used the pegisys I noticed that the unit would start graphing other pids when you switched to them, but would lose the history of the ones previously shown. To the host here, how can you deny that pegisys is NOT a genisys with a touchscreen. Same information (less actually) no true online capabilities, no true computer capabilities. Why not tell a little truth now and then.”
My Response. Wow, “The Truth” really hurts… if that’s your real name (just kidding). Usually when we have an anonymous comment on a post, there’s something someones trying to hide (ie, could be a competitor, like Snap On). I have nothing against Snap On tools, it’s just that not everyone can afford their prices. And I would be quite surprised if the Verus, with a $8895.00 price tag, didn’t have some advantages over the OTC Pegisys at $4999. And I’ve used personality keys in the past, you’re right its not a big deal if you have the one you need and it’s not worn out from repeated use. It used to really bother me, even though I had a huge key-chain full of personality keys, there would always be a new one needed at the most inopportune moment. With that being said, the main complaint isn’t about Snap On clinging on, to personality keys that they’ve been using since first making the brick (MT2500), back in the 80’s. It really comes down to a price issue. I personally have an OTC Genisys, I really like the affordability factor and that the fact that the Genisys with a Smart Cable never requires the purchase of additional keys to access different cars and systems. Now the advantages of the Pegisys over the Genisys that sticks out to me, is Internet capability for updates and Identifix, it’s cordless, the DVD-quality MPEG4 monitor, the ability to flash vehicles computers and of course the touch screen. If you want to have the capability to flash vehicles computers with the Snap On Verus, the Pass Thru Module is required at an additional $1,595.00. That puts the price of the Snap On Verus with the capability of flashing at $10,490. The OTC Pegisys is capable of flashing at a cost of $4999, less than 1/2 the cost of the Verus – and that’s the truth.
Question: Why should I buy a Pegisys from DenLors, my local NAPA store has the same price of $4999?
Answer: It’s true that $4999 is the price, this is because OTC has a minimum end user price set at that and any company selling it for less can be banned from selling this scan tool again. The benefit of purchasing this tool from DenLors with free shipping, is the savings on sales tax (we only charge sales tax in the state of Florida). The warranty is the same and is handled through OTC, not NAPA or DenLors.
Question: I really want to buy a Snap On Verus, I would be happy with an OTC Pegisys, but my wallet tells me I should buy a Genisys scan tool. What is the best bang for my buck when it comes to buying a scan tool?
Answer: Of course it depends on if you want to have the capability of flashing vehicles computers, but the the truth is most shops will not need to reprogram computers 95% of the time. When a flash is needed, most shops prefer to send the car to the dealer where they can deal with any problems that may still exist after the reprogramming is done. So I recommend the Genisys Scanner like I have, in my opinion it’s the best bang for the buck. I like it’s wide range of practical use accessing Engine, Body, ABS, SRS and closing vent solenoids for EVAP smoke tests on many vehicles.