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Anderson, OEMs tackle scanning, tools and calibrations during NACE Automechanika panel

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Renowned collision industry consultant Mike Anderson will again be tackling the industry hot topic of vehicle scanning, with a deeper dive into what is required and how to make sure your shop is prepped during NACE Automechanika 2017.

Anderson moderating the panel discussion at NACE 2016.

At NACE 2016 in Anaheim, Anderson, owner of Collision Advice and a former shop owner, moderated a panel discussion on the importance of pre- and post-repair vehicle scanning to identify potential trouble codes that may have been set by collision damage.

“The challenge is to get the insurance industry to recognize that scanning is quickly becoming a normal part of the diagnostic process and therefore worthy of being paid for,” said Tony Molla, vice president of the Automotive Service Association. “Mike’s panel explored the OEM positions on vehicle scanning at that time. Since then, virtually all major vehicle manufacturers have come out with a position statement on the subject.”

NACE Automechanika 2017, July 26-29 in Chicago. Anderson will again tackle the subject, this time taking a more expansive look beyond simply scanning a vehicle to include the diagnostic procedures, calibration and targets needed as well. His panel will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 27.

“Aside from the obvious reason that it is now necessary to do a complete estimate of the potential damage, when you think about how many automotive driver assist systems — like antilock brakes, stability control, lane departure, etc. — are electronically controlled, the need to ensure these systems are working properly before the vehicle is delivered back to the customer is also critical to performing a complete and safe repair,” Molla said.

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Anderson’s panel discussion featuring several OEMs will take place in the Scan-A-Palooza space on the show floor, which will also feature training from scan tool manufacturers who will demonstrate their product capabilities in two-hour training time slots throughout the duration of the show.
“We need to create awareness about all that goes into scanning. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding between fact versus fiction and the differences between OEM and aftermarket scan tools and what types of things we have to utilize scan tools for other than just scanning the vehicle,” Anderson said. “Both collision and mechanical technicians can benefit from the presentation, but we will be discussion things you need to do in a vehicle as a result of an accident. Some mechanical shops would get value out of it if they are called to help service a collision shop.”

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