I will be buying a BC996 in the near future. The last time I had a scanner was long before programming became a big issue. I really don't know how much time it takes to do a decent job. I will take the time to learn, but for now I intend to have the seller program the unit out of the box. Either way, my final cost is about the same, but I am concerned the manual programing won't be as complete as the computer programming. Does anyone have any thoughts about whether a seller would/could do as thorogh a job mannually programming it?