Over the past few years, scanning has become a necessary repair for vehicles. It’s a very complicated repair, and can even be expensive. Naturally, Insurance companies want to pay as little as possible for repairs and want body shops to perform faster repairs. As a result, they will most likely hesitate to pay for any pre and post-repair scanning on your vehicle. Who’s left to cover the costs? Does it need to be done?
If your insurance company refuses to pay for scanning, chances are you’ll be required to cover the costs. However, it has become a necessary part of repairs in today’s vehicles. We’re here to tell Houston drivers about pre and post-repair scanning and what you need to know.
What Is Vehicle Scanning?
Vehicle scanning is when technicians use an electronic tool to diagnose what needs to be done to your car accurately. When a technician hooks up a scanner to your car’s diagnostic port, several Diagnostic Trouble Codes (or DTC for short) will appear. DTCs give a technician an initial idea of where to begin the repair. Individual cases might call for the control modules in your car to be reprogrammed or recalibrated, but that all depends on what the DTC reads.
Honda/Acura’s Position Statement on Pre-and Post-Repair Scanning
Car manufacturers will often release updated position statements to clear up any confusion that may occur during a repair. Car repair has had significant changes over the past few years. There is no “one size fits all” in car repair, regardless of what damage has been done or what the car is. These statements are released for specific vehicles to ensure you get the right repair for your vehicle.
Below is a position statement Honda/Acura released back in May detailing repair procedures if any of its vehicles were involved in a collision. Note that Honda/Acura determines a collision as “damage that exceeds minor outer panel cosmetic distortion.”
Honda/Acura’s May 2019 Position Statement stated the following:
- “A preliminary diagnostic scan during the repair estimation phase to determine what diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) may be present, so proper repairs may be included.
- A post-repair diagnostic scan to confirm that no DTCs remain.
- Any repair that requires disconnection of electrical components in order to perform the repair will require a post-repair diagnostic scan to confirm if the component is reconnected properly and functioning.
- Damage that requires the replacement of body parts will always require a post-repair diagnostic scan.
Some safety and driver-assistive systems (such as ADAS) will require inspections, calibration, and/or aiming after a collision or other body repairs.”
“Unless there is damage to the applicable system,” the ADAS systems in your car won’t show any Diagnostic Trouble Codes to a technician during the preliminary scan. When this happens, calibration could be required, and only technicians who have received extensive training would be able to perform a vehicle calibration accurately. However, many technicians believe if no codes appear, nothing needs to be done. However, as you read above, this is not necessarily the case.
Due to the complexity involved in today’s car repair, each car requires a unique repair plan. No car repair is ever the same. The days of dropping your vehicle off at the body shop where the technician would perform the same repair across every car are forever in the past. Because of this, every car comes with its own unique set of repair procedures direct from the manufacturer, known as OEM repair procedures. These repair procedures instruct technicians exactly how your car should be repaired.
If you bought a vehicle sometime over the past few years, chances are your vehicle is equipped with some ADAS technology. For those of you who don’t know, ADAS is short for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Some of the most common ADAS features are:
- Blindspot detection
- Lane departure assist
- Backup camera
- Forward collision warning
OEM repair procedures also make sure your ADAS features continue to function the way they were designed to. With how necessary these procedures are, you would think that every auto body shop would follow them, right? Unfortunately, many technicians will still get straight to work on a car out of “experience” instead of looking up what the OEM has to say.
The best body shops will have highly trained technicians who know the importance of following OEM repair procedures. They will never let their experience trump your safety and will only repair your car the way the manufacturer instructs.
What Does This Mean For Houston Honda/Acura Owners?
It’s been a few months since this position statement was released and we realize that none of our customers are keeping up with the latest news in collision repair. Thankfully, we are, which is why we’re telling you the importance of scanning is and how it impacts every collision repair we get in our shop.
We at Total Auto Services only repair vehicles following OEM repair procedures because that’s the type of repair you deserve out of a body shop.
Car repair can be an extremely stressful time, which is why we’re here to help! Our team of technicians are highly trained in auto body repair and know the importance of following repair procedures laid about by the car manufacturer. We never take any shortcuts in the repair process and want to provide Texas drivers with the best auto body repair out there for their car.
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