The Automotive Service Association on Monday announced its support for pre- and post-repair scanning every vehicle unless an automaker itself identified an exception.
“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,” it declared in a position statement. “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.”
“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),” ASA Collision Operations Committee director Scott Benavidez said in a statement.
“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,” ASA President and Executive Director Dan Risley said in a statement.
The ASA also has compiled OEM position statements onto a new portal webpage, an apparent companion to the OEM Resource Center the trade group launched last year. While a generous gesture by the association, we’d remind readers that the only truly current option will by definition be an OEM repair procedure site itself — even the OEM-backed OEM1Stop.com might not immediately reflect new position statements the second they’re posted by an automaker.