JF Automotive operate a very successful dealer network supplying tuning files across the world.
Their dealers start by identifying a hole in the market for a remapping business. Most are garages, or diagnostic specialists who feel that remapping is another service their customers would be interested in. Some dealers rarely deal with a performance tune, however there’s a huge market for DPF deletes, speed limiter removals, EGR deletes etc. The issue is knowing who to choose, and most of their dealers choose JFA due to the excellent dealer support, training and fast turnaround on tuning files.
Firstly, the dealer decides what tooling they require – most start on an Alientech KESS unit as this will allow remapping of most vehicles by the OBD port. They then later upgrade to the Alientech KTAG unit, as this allows them to bench tune the ECU’s as well – opening up an even wider range of vehicles they can tune!
With their tools ordered, they are invited for a training day at JF Automotives dyno centre in Kent. Usually they use their own vehicle to demonstrate process & get them set up and running.
With tooling sorted, and training done they usually encourage dealers to market the services & help get them started by sharing their posts to their pages to really promote them in their area. Any enquiries they get for that area are then pass on to their nearest dealer, again to assist with getting them started with the tuning aspect of the business. They’re more than happy to promote, or keep totally silent depending on the dealers wishes.
When the dealer sells a tune, they read the original file from the car with their tuning equipment. They can then submit this to the JFA dealer portal & specify exactly what they need for their customer, Stage 1, 2 or 3 & various other options such as DPF delete, EGR delete, Speed limiter removal, Pops & Bangs etc.
JFA then recieve the file, modify it as requested and then re-send back to the dealer portal – If their file-writing team require any data logs, or further information they’ll post onto the portal. This dealer portal setup really does make things very fast and easy!
Should dealers need a dyno graph for a customer, JFA have a huge databank of cars we’ve tuned. All their files are written in house, and developed on our Mustang dyno – so can provide an accurate graph of what the car’s going to be doing. They also offer a discounted rate should dealers want to bring a car to them for dyno testing.
JFA also offer a trade file service through their dealer portal, whereby anyone can register & request a modified file – and they’re currently in the process of launching a WinOLS reseller database should you be an already established tuner looking for a specific file, for a specific car.