Cojali Group, WheelTime announce Jaltest Diagnostic Tool partnership
At a press conference near Campo de Criptana, Spain, European aftermarket parts and diagnostic systems manufacturer Cojali announced an initiative to bring its Jaltest multi-brand diagnostic repair tool into the WheelTime Group’s network of nation-wide truck repair shops.
The Jaltest Tool has been available in the U.S. since 2012, but the partnership with the WheelTime Group is a major, high-profile move that will bring the company’s multi-make/model tool to more than 200 WheelTime locations around the country.
In addition to the WheelTime agreement, the Jaltest Tool will remain available for purchase by independent repair shops.
According to Emilliano Morales, Cojali’s director of sales and business development, independent shops are the primary market for the Jaltest Tool, which he says is designed to create a level playing field by giving them a high-quality, affordable, full-vehicle diagnostic tool that can diagnose multiple vehicle systems for any make or model of U.S. truck.
Although the company is just now moving into U.S. markets, Cojali, founded in 1991, is a major after-markets parts supplier and diagnostic tool manufacturer in Europe. Currently the company manufactures or assembles more than 4,000 automotive and heavy-duty truck parts in Europe.
Morales says the company has leveraged its 13 years of experience engineering and making truck parts to create its comprehensive Jaltest Tool, which allows technicians to plug into a truck’s CANBUS outlet and diagnose repair codes for engines, transmissions, vehicle electronics, emissions, suspensions and all other major vehicle systems.
The tool also includes a full suite of trailer codes and diagnostic information.
Jill Gingrich, director of client support for the WheelTime Group, says the company identified a need to consistently diagnose all makes and models of trucks from location to location around the country and formed a search group to find a system that could do so.
“And what we found was there was no such system,” she notes. “OEM diagnostic tools worked well, but the cost of providing multiple OEM systems across our entire repair shop network was prohibitive.”