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SCRS reiterates position on OEM repair procedures, notes it includes mechanical operations like scanning

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ latest newsletter emphasizes its 2011 stance that OEM collision repair procedures are the “standard of repair” — and clarifies that the stance holds true for “mechanical” repair procedures such as diagnostics and calibration.

“This statement remains as true today, as it was in 2011; and while the statement in 2011 encompassed all published collision repair procedures, it is equally inclusive of published diagnostic and mechanical operations required from a collision and the subsequent repair,” the organization wrote in an open letter contained in the June 2017 newsletter.

“It remains SCRS’ position that if an OEM documents a repair procedure as required, recommended or otherwise necessary as a result of damage or repair, that those published procedures would be the standard of repair until such time the documentation changes. Disregarding a documented procedure that is made available to the industry creates undue and avoidable liability on the repair facility performing the repair.”

Diagnostics and calibration were necessary before 2011, of course, but some in the industry might not have realized it until 2016, when OEMs and other experts began to stress such points.

Actual OEM repair procedures and position statements (a repair instruction’s existence in one doesn’t preclude the other, so check both) can be accessed through the OEM1Stop and I-CAR Repairability Technical Support portals.

For more on the 2011 letter and the upcoming discussion of repair procedures at the Chicago Collision Industry Conference this month, see here.

For collision-related diagnostics position statements from 2011 signatory Automotive Service Association and the Equipment and Tool Institute, see here and here.

There’s more worthwhile content in the SCRS newsletter, including a letter from newly elected SCRS Chairman Kye Yeung, comments from repairers, links to all the movies in the group’s YouTube educational series, and estimating system tips from the Database Enhancement Gateway.

More information:

“SCRS Releases Position on OEM Procedures For Collision Repair”

Society of Collision Repair Specialists newsletter, June 2017

SCRS open letter on OEM procedures

SCRS, June 27, 2017

SCRS June 2017 newsletter

AASP, ASA, SCRS, Assured Performance 2011 declaration of OEM repair procedures as standard of care

Images:

A cutaway showing higher-strength steels and aluminum in the 2016 Honda Civic is shown at the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ booth at SEMA 2016. (John Huetter/Repairer Driven News)

A June 2017 Society of Collision Repair Specialists open letter emphasizes its 2011 stance that OEM collision repair procedures are the “standard of repair” — and clarifies that the stance holds true for “mechanical” repair procedures such as diagnostics and calibration. (Provided by Society of Collision Repair Specialists)