Automotive vehicles have become incredibly complex in the last ten years, especially luxury vehicles. All modern vehicles have onboard sensors that show the best directions, taking into account traffic and weather conditions; adjust a car, SUV, or trucks’ productivity to lower fuel consumption; and detects problems such as low tire pressure; or errors with the engine.
The ultimate goal of these diagnostic tools is to give the owner more insight into the efficiencies or issues with their car, and, if necessary, allow their auto body shop or mechanic to fix their vehicle quicker, more efficiently and cost effectively.
To access all the car’s information, a set of sophisticated external diagnostic tools is required. Auto body repair shops like Tom’s Custom Auto Body, carry advanced scanner systems which can be used to receive data codes and other diagnostic information about your vehicle’s overall health.
Why is a Scan Tool Required?
Even when there is no visual damage and systems appear to be operating correctly, a collision can jar electronics like a car's blind spot detection system or backup camera. If a blind spot detection system is not working correctly, it may mean the driver is not alerted to a car or a pedestrian behind them. Knowing when to recalibrate vehicles after a collision is critical and this is where scan tools come in.
The scanners at Tom’s Custom Auto Body analyzes your vehicle and works to ensure that not only is everything fixed, but it can also foresee anything that might be problematic in the near future. This allows us to be proactive rather than reactive – performing preventative maintenance on your vehicle which will save you a trip to the mechanic in the future – and possibly further accidents.
Performing a car diagnostic test using advanced auto scan diagnostic tools can save the mechanic a lot of time troubleshooting a problem and also save the car owner money because they don’t have to pay for a complete mechanical check at their local repair shop. When the “Check Engine” light appears in the dashboard, the car owner has no idea what could be causing the problem. It could be something simple like an oil change or something far more complicated. Running a computerized car diagnostic check can highlight the problem so that the mechanic can fix only what needs to be fixed.
The Tom’s Custom Auto Body Difference
A BMW dealership will have a BMW scanner as they will be using it many times a day, and the specialized scanner will work with all their vehicles. It is usually difficult for an independent shop working with Mercedes, Porsche, Acura, or an Audi, Ford, to each manufacturers specific equipment.
Tom’s Custom Auto Body is one of the first shops in the Tri-cities area to have appropriate equipment for all types of vehicles, including luxury vehicles. This scanner connects to the vehicle diagnostic port and sends data over the internet to our mechanics, who work with the appropriate scanner to do a full analysis of the vehicle systems, before and after the repair. The pre-repair scan tells us what systems need attention and the post repair scan verifies that the repairs have been done and that any sensors and modules that have been replaced are communicating properly and your vehicle is safe to go back on the road.