Vehicle scanning is really important for you to understand. It’s important for you to know what it is, why you need it, when you need it, and who offers vehicle scanning. We’re going to explain enough to make you a more-informed customer at the collision center. Let’s help you understand why vehicle scanning matters after a collision and before auto body repair.
What is Vehicle Scanning
Your car, truck, or crossover SUV is a moving computer. Once you start the ignition, and maybe even before YOU do, your vehicle sensors unlock the door, automatically start the car, warm it or cool it, and readjust the seats to your body (based on the key that’s inserted in the ignition or the body weight of the person sitting in the car seat).
Your car may even talk to you and say, “Welcome, Alan! The temperature is 35 degrees and weather conditions call for snow in your location.”
Each vehicle now has hundreds and hundreds of sensors. Vehicle scanning helps the auto body technician diagnose which areas of the vehicle need repair…just like triage in the emergency room.
Why Do Vehicle Scanning
Imagine the inside of your human body. Can a doctor see inside there without doing an MRI or CAT scan? No.
Same goes for the auto body. The collision repair doctor needs to see which systems are working properly and find the root cause of the problems as a result of a collision. Vehicle scanning before auto body repair shows the diagnostic report. The really neat thing is that this technique identifies damage that happened to your car awhile ago. This is useful for both the collision repair technician and you, the vehicle owner. Scanning is done before auto body repair and after a collision when the vehicle first arrives to the shop.
Why Vehicle Scanning is Important
Here’s a great example of why you need to understand vehicle scanning after an accident.
In my first auto accident, the collision repair center fixed my vehicle. What they didn’t do was a diagnostic scan to ensure that everything was working properly. My gas tank sensor stopped working after the accident. I ran out of gas twice without notice in the middle of the intersection as I was heading to gas up and at a soccer tournament. Really dangerous!
When I returned to the collision center in tears, they fixed it, but no one knew whether it would work. One evening I loaded up a gas can and purposely ran out of gas from my parent’s house to my house on the interstate. Knowing it was going to happen, I watched for the red sensor light indicating I was low on fuel and then pulled off the shoulder to fill up the tank as best I could until I could get to the gas station. Not fun, eh?
What Sensors Do In Your Car
The newest vehicles for 2018 pack a ton of vehicle sensors. The latest Mercedes-Benz probably has 500 or more!
There’s no sense listing all of them, and if you think on it, you probably can list 85 yourself.
Your vehicle sensors are part of the electronic control module in your car. These require updating from time to time. Occupant weight detection, back-up cameras, cruise control, lighting, anti-lock braking system, parking, GPS system and navigation, autonomous driving, emergency driver assist, warning sensors, collision avoidance and many more comprise the sensor systems.
Choose Alan’s Collision Center
Alan’s Collision Center offers vehicle scanning. In fact, General Manager Jim Pfau knows it’s the best diagnostic test his team runs after a collision and after auto body repair.
“We always, always repair a vehicle to pre-collision safety,” said Jim Pfau, general manager of Alan’s Collision Center. “Vehicles are so high-tech and computerized now that vehicle scanning identifies where to focus our attention during auto body repair.”
There are many disagreements about when and whether to scan a vehicle — should it be before the collision repair or after? That’s never a concern at Alan’s Collision Center. The vehicle owner knows that safety and a quality repair are number one concerns at our auto body repair business.