The need for pre- and post-repair vehicle scanning, as a normal part of the repair process, is a topic of significant discussion within the collision repair industry. This discussion has been explored and evaluated by the Automotive Service Association’s (ASA) Collision Operations Committee, which has announced the following position statement on the issue:
“The Automotive Service Association supports the electronic scanning of all vehicles prior to and after collision repairs are completed in order to ensure that all potential damage has been identified to achieve a safe and complete repair. ASA will maintain this position until such time as the vehicle manufacturers identify the specific years, makes, models and scenarios where such scanning is not necessary.”
Scott Benavidez, AAM, director of ASA’s Collision Operations Committee, said about the new statement, “ASA’s position on pre- and post-repair vehicle scanning is consistent with similar positions issued by General Motors, Audi, Honda, FCA (Chrysler), Toyota, Nissan and the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI).”
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Dan Risley, ASA president/executive director, added, “ASA also supports full disclosure and a customer’s written acknowledgement of the diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) identified by the scans, along with documenting and informing the customer of other issues with the vehicle that are not related to the accident, but where a DTC is present.”
In addition to announcing its official position statement, ASA unveiled a dedicated landing page on its website that lists all of the OEM Position Statements in one location to serve as an industry resource. The page is available at http://asashop.org/oem-position-statements/.
The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and collision repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous state affiliate and chapter groups.
ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. To take advantage of the many benefits of membership in ASA, please visit ASAshop.org or call (817) 514-2900.
For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at TakingTheHill.com.