ASA Releases Position Statement on Vehicle Scanning

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April 17, 2017--The Automotive Service Association (ASA) on Monday released a position statement on the need for pre- and post-repair vehicle scanning, as a normal part of the repair process.

The ASA released the following 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).”

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.

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