Scanning has been a bit of a sore spot for body shops and insurance companies in the collision industry. It’s also kind of a new need, and there is a cost involved. Naturally, your car insurance company wants to keep repairs as low as possible, which is why they don’t always agree to pay for pre and post-repair scanning. Sometimes, it’s even left to the customer to cover the costs, but it is absolutely something that needs to be done to every car receiving collision repair. 

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 codes will appear to give the technician a vantage point on where to start the repair. These codes are known as Diagnostic Trouble Codes, or DTC for short. There are some cases where the vehicle’s control modules might need to be reprogrammed/recalibrated, depending on what appears in the DTC (and as mentioned below). 

Honda/Acura’s Position Statement on Pre-and Post-Repair Scanning

One of the biggest reasons why car manufacturer’s released updated position statements is to eliminate any guesswork in the repair process. Below you’ll find Honda/Acura’s position statement from 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.” 

It is important to note that the ADAS systems will typically not display any DTCS during the preliminary scan, “unless there is damage to the applicable system.” If this happens, calibration may be required. This is an extremely complex repair process that only highly trained technicians are capable of performing. A lot of technicians will assume that if a code doesn’t appear, that there’s nothing to be repaired. However, as you just saw above, this is not necessarily the case. 

Car repair has never been more complicated than it is today. Each car comes with its own unique set of repair procedures that the manufacturer releases, known as OEM repair procedures. These repair procedures detail exactly how your vehicle should be repaired with your safety as the number one priority. If you recently bought a car over the past five 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 

Another reason why OEM repair procedures are so critical when getting your car repaired is to ensure these advanced safety features maintain their designated functions. With how necessary these procedures are, you would think that every auto body shop would follow them, right? Unfortunately, this is not the case, and most technicians will approach a repair out of “experience” instead of looking up what the car manufacturer instructs for a repair. The best body shops will have highly trained technicians who know the importance of OEM repair procedures. 

This past May, Honda/Acura released a position statement on pre-and-post repair scanning to provide repair technicians more clarification of what they need to do. You might have even read our blog post back in May on the importance of diagnostic scans before and after any repairs. 

What Does This Mean For Quartz Hill 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. But we are and scanning is definitely something that impacts every collision repair customer regardless of what ship they use so we feel it is worth teaching you about. 

Scanning is only one part of the equation. Any fault codes found from scanning must be recalibrated. Recalibration is also a very specific process and we have written about that too.

Here at Telesis Collision Center, your safety is our number one priority. We want to share with you what different manufacturers tell us, so you have more knowledge next time you get your car repaired. We do this because we feel drivers deserve to know the importance of technicians following repair procedures and should never settle for anything less. 

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