About Us

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,  AE Tools & Computers

Joey Hendrich

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

Joey Hendrich
AE Tools & Computers Founder
Industry Professional since 1979

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