Warning Buyer Beware ECU Remapping ChipTuning Scams
Have you ever been reeled in by low prices, and then discovered that you haven't had the service you was expecting?
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I’m sure that you’ve heard the phrase, “you get what you pay for”.
Recently, I did a bit of research into our ecu remapping competitors, and there are many. During my search, several operators’ low prices caught my eye, all with fantastical power gain and MPG claims.
On the surface their proposed service looks great, but read a bit deeper with an experienced eye and you will see that all is not what it seems, or indeed they would like you to believe.
For the inexperienced remapping is like a black art Due to a lack of experience, potential customers, often take the bait of an alluring deal only to be left utterly frustrated in the end.
Please stay with me, and I’ll explain. Imagine you have heard about remapping and its various benefits, so you begin your Internet search for the best remapping deals in your area.
Great Sounding Remap Deals – Lure you in
There are some remap companies that offer seemingly fantastic deals. You may have searched online for a company offering professional tuning services. Or, perhaps you saw an advert by a remapping company promising “industry leading” power gains and even the promise of a live or dyno tune.
Remember These Words
With “too good to be true” remap deals, here are two words that you should remember: buyers beware.
Snake Oil - Look for Red Flags
“The UK’s Number One.” Says who? Any individual or company that claims to be number one “Unless they have been voted number one” by an independent and recognised organisation, is bullshitting you!
“Live Remapping” On a standard production car with stock ECU, there is "NO Such Thing as a Live Remap” or a "Dyno Remap".
The term Live Remap relates to the car being driven on the road or dyno while having the engine management data altered, this can only be done with the engine running and is not possible without an aftermarket or piggy back ECU.
Immediately someone tells you they do live remapping or that a remap on a dyno is in some way superior, turn your bullshit deflectors on!
There are technical limitations and mechanical safety factors that have to be observed to have a happy outcome.
Read the reviews
The best reviews to consider are on a medium like facebook or similar, where the page owner cannot edit the feedback, and unless they have a lot of friends who can leave fake reviews, most of what you read is most likely pretty accurate.
Read the 1 star as well as the 5 star reviews
Why have people left 1 star reviews is it because they are competitors (yes that’s possible) is it because they are trolls (yes that’s possible) but on the whole it’s because they are not happy for one reason or another, so make sure you read them as well as the 5 star to get a good measure of the the remapping provider results.
Most websites or pages I have seen make a big deal about being insured, but is it the correct insurance cover? In my experience even tuners that do actually have insurance, don’t have the correct type of cover so if something does go wrong, you’re not actually covered anyway.
There have been unethical practices by so-called remap professionals that have given the industry a poor reputation. There are some good mobile remapping providers, but nowadays that is more of a rarity. To offer a high quality, correctly insured service professional remapping companies have to make huge investment in equipment, software, insurance, premises, training to mention a few. Some people see remapping as a way to make a quick buck, and can unfortunately get in on the act for little or no real investment...
Typical costs to someone setting up as a mobile remap provider, on the cheap
- No cost of premises
- Buy cloned tools for as little as £40 off the internet
- Buy so called tuned files off the internet for as little as £10
- Operate from a mobile phone only (can replace it when it gets too hot with complaints)
- Cheap or low cost website
- Charge as little as £100 for a remap
- When things go wrong they are nowhere to be found
- No need to worry about reputation just get a new phone
Do you want someone cutting corners like that working on the brain of your car?
Here are a few tips to keep in mind
- Beware of offers too good to be true
- Watch for red flags
- Read the reviews – Good and Bad
Realise that we get what we pay for. The least expensive option is not always the best
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