ARLINGTON, Va. (Aug. 18, 2006) — The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) has updated the listing on its Web site summarizing the original equipment manufacturers´ (OEM) auto service Web site access charges.
All auto makers have service Web sites offering online access to service information, including service manuals, technical service bulletins, training materials, reprogramming information and other related information.
Access charges for those OEM Web sites vary by manufacturer, according to the NASTF. To view the summary of access charges, go to www.nastf.org and click on “Summary of OEM Service Website Access Charges.” The organization said most auto makers currently offer subscription rates for information on all their vehicle models based on daily, monthly or yearly access. Some offer other options, such as on a per-document basis, single-model basis, etc.
The NASTF highlighted some notable changes in the new listing:
* Acura and Honda have significantly reduced their annual subscription rates;
* Audi and Volkswagen have adopted 72-hour, monthly and annual subscription rates in conjunction with their recently launched updated OEM service Web sites; and
* Kia's access is now free of charge.
To access links to all the OEM service Web sites, go to the NASTF site, then click on “OEM Service Websites.”
Arlington-based NASTF was established in 2000 to facilitate the identification and correction of gaps in the availability and accessibility of OEM automotive service information, technology training for technicians, availability of both OEM and generic diagnostic tools and equipment, the availability of vehicle security information (added in 2004), and offer communication outreach to automotive service professionals.