We’ve Leveled the Playing Field.
The sophistication of the modern vehicle completely revolutionized what it means to work on cars. It transformed the mechanic into a technician, made programming, coding, and flash part of the everyday shop talk, and paved the way for OEM-level diagnostics in the aftermarket.
To bridge the gap, AE Tools & Computers provides aftermarket repair shops, heavy-duty repair facilities, and automotive locksmiths with OEM-level diagnostic solutions and dealer-level support for on-car computer programming, immobilizer and security-related issues, along with scan tool maintenance and repair.
This support is included with all tools purchased through AE Tools & Computers. Yearly support packages are available if tools were purchased through another distributor.
“Anybody can sell the tools, but backing them up with support, that is what this industry really needs, and that is what we are providing.”—Joey Hendrich, Owner, AE Tools & Computers
In the mid-80s I began my career in the automotive aftermarket driving a mobile tool truck. I didn’t grow up in the industry, I just thought it would be cool to have my own tool truck, so that’s what I did. All was good, but by the early 2000s, the needs of my customers shifted. The focus was on diagnostics and programming, and they needed support.
I decided to become part of the solution. This transition occurred as J-2534 rolled out to the aftermarket, so I started figuring out the new pass-thru device on my own. At the time, there was really no where to go for training. Fortunately for me, a good friend owned a salvage yard and he provided me countless modules to train myself on (by the way, I blew up plenty of modules in the beginning).
As I got to where I became something of an asset to my customers for diagnostics and programming there began to be a transition. They didn’t need me as a tool man anymore, they needed me as solution to their diagnostic and programming needs.
By 2009, I’d signed on as an Automotive Service Representative with Bosch Diagnostics. I wanted to provide a solution to the customers in my territory so they could do everything the dealer could. I realized quickly however, that the need was much larger–everybody in the aftermarket needed help.
All the while, I was constantly bumping into AE Tools & Computers throughout the Midwest, and rather than exist in the same market, we partnered. In 2014 we brought together a shared perspective and common goal for the aftermarket—bring our customers to the next level–the dealer level.
Our goal is to be a strategic business partner with our customers. If you want to fix cars, improve the bottom line and do everything the dealer can do, we can get you there.
AE Tools & Computers Owner
Industry Professional since 1985
I was 10 years old when I started working on cars in my father’s shop in Russell, Kansas. Everyday after school, while other kids were off fishing in the local farm pond or playing football at the park, I was at the shop, working on cars. By 16 years old I was rebuilding carburetors and installing engines. By 18, I was running the shop. It doesn’t seem like long ago, but I’m amazed when I look back and see how much the industry has changed in a relatively short amount of time.
As the vehicle technology evolved through the 1990s and 2000s with onboard computers, it became apparent the future of repairing vehicles was in computer diagnostics. In order to properly diagnose and repair these vehicles, I knew I needed OEM scan tools. Thus began my journey into world of OEM diagnostic solutions.
By 2005, I’d turned my new found passion of computers and diagnostics into AE Tools & Computers–a business focused on bringing OEM diagnostic solutions to the aftermarket, with on-car support. It’s what I thought the aftermarket always needed and never had.
The need has only intensified over the last decade, and as the aftermarket “sweet spot” shifts to include more and more computer-centric vehicles, it’s becoming apparent that OEM scan tools and service information are necessary to properly diagnose and repair these vehicles.
In 2011, we relocated the business to Olathe, Kansas and built a new state-of-the-art facility. We are constantly investing in our technical support team, because recruiting and training talented individuals must be ongoing. I know what it’s like to be a technician and repair shop owner. There’s nothing more frustrating than needing a solution to finish a job and not finding one. We’re here to provide that solution
AE Tools & Computers Owner
Industry Professional since 1977