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Pre and Post-Repair Diagnostic Scan and Calibration

 

In our world today, technology is advancing rapidly! In 1971, the first computer was sold. The first iPhone was sold in June 2007. And now we live in a world where the technology you would see in a movie actually exists. There are phone with a holographic display, smart glasses, and even technology that will fold your laundry for you. For companies to remain successful and competitive, they have to look into how to incorporate advanced technology in product. This includes the Auto Industry.

Currently, each vehicle has an average of 60-100 sensors on board. Because cars are rapidly getting “smarter” the number of sensors is projected to reach as many as 200 sensors per car. These numbers translate to approximately 22 billion sensors used in the automotive industry per year by 2020, according Dr. Mike Pinelis (President and CEO – MEMS Journal, Inc).

It is important to have all of these sensors running properly to insure the vehicle is running safely. With there being so many sensors on a vehicle, it is hard to know if a sensor was damaged or needs realignment by manually analyzing the vehicle. An advance scan is needed. This is where the pre and post-repair scans come in. The purpose of the pre and post-repair scans are to insure the sensors are calibrated properly.

 

Why does it matter to have the sensors properly calibrated?

The following statements are from Master ASE Technicians and trainers, Eric Mandoza and Bill Zilastik from Toyota’s collision repair and refinish training center. Eric is a Toyota Collision repair and refinishing training assistant manager and Bill is a Lexus technical and collision repair training manager. They have provided some examples that explain why it is important to have the pre and post-repair scans done to have the vehicle running safely.

The pre-collision system uses a millimeter rate radar sensor that is behind the grill in the car that looks through the Lexus or Toyota emblem and looks ahead of the car to see where the car is going and is very good at spotting items in front of the vehicle and is able to spot where the car is going. And if it sees something in the cars path that it thinks it might pose a problem or collision hazard, it can alert the driver, pre-charge the brakes, and pre-tighten the seat belt. So if there is a collision, the collision won’t be as severe as it might have been without this technology. It is an excellent safety system. The pre and post-repair scans will verify the sensor is working properly.

The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control System uses the same sensor as stated above and that system will keep you at a specific distance from the people in front of you using cruise control so the vehicle in front of you slows down you slow down as well.

 

What is the difference between a pre and post-repair scan and why does it matter to have both done?

Pre-Repair diagnostic scan is a complete health check of your vehicle and provides the repair shop (and insurance company, if applicable) a complete report on the number of computer modules on board, as well as any diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) that could indicate pre-accident and/or accident related damage. This essential step eliminates unnecessary delays waiting for parts and/or additional insurance authorizations, and identifies issues with the vehicle that could be missed without a pre-repair diagnostic scan.

Post-Repair diagnostic scan ensures that all systems on your vehicle are in proper working order prior to delivery. It is important to note that the majority of DTC’s do not result in a malfunction indicator lamp (dashboard light). Failure to perform a post-repair scan by trained professionals with factory scan tools significantly increases the risk that your vehicle may be returned with malfunctioning, or inoperable, safety and convenience systems. A post-repair diagnostic scan is the single best way to ensure that your vehicle is returned to pre-incident condition.

After a vehicle is in an accident, it is important to make sure the vehicle is repaired correctly and is safe to drive again. That is why the original manufacturers and collision repair centers are now implementing pre and post-repair scans as a new step in the repair process.

December Newsletter

Scan Class

On November 14, we held a seminar on Vehicle Scans and Calibrations. All Auto Body Xperts staff, local insurance partners, glass companies, and more attended the event! Continuing education is very important to Auto Body Xperts! With vehicles advancing in technology and features, we want to make sure we are up to date on Original Manufacturer policies for safely repairing vehicles!

Closed for the Holiday

This year we will be closed on Monday Dec 24 (Christmas Eve), Tuesday Dec 25 (Christmas Day), Monday Dec 31 (New Years Eve), Tuesday Jan 1 (New Years Day) so our staff can spend time with their friends and family.

We WILL be open Dec 26-28.

Shields of Hope – Heroes Holiday

We partnered this Christmas with Shields of Hope (an organization who helps families who are battling cancer) to help them with their Heroes Holiday Program! Heroes Holiday started in 2014 as a way to support local families struggling around the holidays with much-needed supplies, household goods, and gifts. Each year at least 5 families are selected through a 3rd party nomination process. This year, they were able to help 16 families!

To learn more about Shields of Hope, please visit http://shieldsofhopewestmi.com/ for more information
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Save The Date!

Our summer events are coming back this year! Be sure to save the dates!

June 18: Auto Body Xperts Car Show, now in Hudsonville by Gemmens!

August 7: Zeeland Open House

August 21: Hudsonville Open House

September 21: Allendale Fall Festival Car Show
Visit www.autobodyxperts.com for more information!

Congratulations to all the raffle prize winners from the 2018 Hudsonville Open House. Check your pink ticket to see if you are a winner!

If you are a winner, stop by our Hudsonville location (3483 Highland Dr, Hudsonville) to claim your prize. You will need to bring your ticket to claim your prize. We are open 8:00am – 5:30pm, Monday-Friday. You have until Friday August 31, at 5:00pm to redeem your prize.

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To celebrate 70 years of service we will be offering free car washes and cake at all of our locations on June 12, 2018!

Free Car Wash and Cake! Use

Locations:
3483 Highland Dr, Hudsonville
216 N 120th Ave, Holland
9389 Riley St, Zeeland
126 Railroad St, Wayland

On November 10, Auto Body Xperts had the honor of joining Jamestown Upper Elementary at the 4th Grade Mock Job Fair. Local business owners came to Jamestown Upper Elementary and got to do mini job interviews with the students.

Before the job fair, all the 4th graders studied business and did a Marketplace Project. For this project, each student made a product/service and tried to sell it. Then after wrote a report on what they have learned. At the job fair, we had the opportunity to talk to the students and hear about their Marketplace Project and what the learned from it.

Students sold item such as homemade slime and stress ball, all the way to homemade games and raffles. Through this, they learned about supply and demand, then how that affects price and levels of sales.

After they made their reports, they made resumes to use at the Mock Kids Job Fair. At the job fair there was about 15 local businesses, including Auto Body Xperts at tables all around the gym. Students came in and did a mini interview with the different businesses that were there. Students would walk up, give you their resume, and tell you about themselves. All the businesses were given a list of questions to ask and little sheets that said, “You have received a job offer from Auto Body Xperts!” If the students did well, they received a job offer!

It was a joy to see the kid’s excitement for their Marketplace Project and what they have learned!

 

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