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Audatex launches intelligent vehicle identification system

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July 14, 2011—Audatex North America Inc. on Wednesday announced the launch of AudaVIN, an intelligent vehicle identification system.

AudaVIN uses vehicle identification number (VIN) data to give insurance claim representatives, appraisers and estimators complete vehicle-specific information recorded by manufacturers on the production line. Vehicle-specific content—such as model name, standard equipment, engine and transmission data, and factory-fitted optional equipment, is returned to AudaVIN through a direct connection to vehicle manufacturers. The software is fully integrated within Audatex total loss and estimating systems, according to Audatex.

"This information is critical for the accuracy of total loss fair market values and calculation of damage repair costs. Better accuracy in options identification with AudaVIN reduces total loss corrections and part returns," said Patrick Schmidlin, vice president of product management for Audatex North America. "The end result is reduced cycle times and loss adjustment expenses, as well as improved vehicle owner satisfaction."

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