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Your new job: Scan, solve problems and not introduce new ones

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 07:00
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There is a simple reason why you need to be scanning vehicles in your shop: OEM procedures. 

With a majority of OEMs releasing position statements on pre- and post-scans, collision repair shops that are not performing vehicle scans quite likely are not repairing the vehicle to pre-accident (or better) condition. 

And that can be a major problem for your shop. (More on that here.) But first, let’s talk briefly about the role of your technicians in completing pre- and post-scans. 

First, it’s not just scanning a vehicle and clearing codes. That many times isn’t possible. Rather, body techs in collision repair shops are now finding themselves to be mechanical collision techs. They must understand what the warning lights, Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), errors and other codes mean. It’s a daunting task, but one that can be tackled with training. 

Learning about scanning, codes and other diagnostic procedures is the important first step in performing pre- and post-scans. That’s why ALLDATA has released a whitepaper focusing on scans, procedures and how best to complete them. From the reasons to the equipment needed, the whitepaper walks owners and technicians through the importance of scanning vehicles every time they come into your shop. 

Read more in the whitepaper here, and see how you can solve problems, not introduce them into a vehicle.

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