More and More Manufacturers Require Pre and Post Scans after Accidents

It is no secret that technology in our automobiles is advancing at a rapid rate. Our vehicles give us the ability to have a 360-degree view around our car, assist with parallel parking, and warn us of possible collisions. With developments such as these, it is only logical that the ability to repair these vehicles would also become more advanced. This need for more complex repairs has unfortunately left some to battle insurance companies over what to cover. Luckily, there has been good news that should leave drivers feeling more comfortable over their repairs.

More and more manufacturers are now requiring pre and post scans of their vehicles after repairs. While post scans were more common following an accident, the addition of pre-scans will help ensure that every vehicle that receives repairs is completely safe to drive. For example, Honda now requires a pre scan with any collision accident, as well as post-scan for any collision, electrical parts disconnection, body parts replacement, or impact in close proximity to sensors or cameras. Honda is not alone in this, as FCA, Nissan, GM, Toyota, and Mercedes all require or at least strongly recommend both pre and post scans.

A look at OEM scanning position statements
What is an OEM position statement? Carmakers will frequently post official “statements” that serve as a definitive answer to common questions that occur between body shops and insurance adjusters as they make repairs on vehicles. Typically a manufacturer has a set of standard rules developed by their engineers and dictate how a repair should be done. Sometimes there is a gray area that arises when a body shop believes a repair should be done a certain way, but an insurance company disagrees. This is where the position statement comes into play, it answers the question from the manufacture’s perspective and your body shop can use these position statements to make their case to an insurance adjuster as to why they want to carry out a certain repair action.

In this case, that action would involve doing a pre and post repair scan to check and make sure all sensors are working and calibrated as they should be following an accident. Before manufacturers began issuing position statements, this was one of those gray areas.

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Why is this relevant to your car repair?

For one, it ensures that whoever is repairing these vehicles will be able to fix your vehicle to its utmost safety. While the pre and post scans do require a large investment from the auto body shop, the safety of the drivers trumps any financial cost. With these required scans, the customer can rest assured that all the necessary repairs to make their vehicle safe are being taken. The requirement of these scans from the manufacturers is also very relevant because it means that the scans can now be covered by your insurance. As previously mentioned, with the increase in technology comes the increase in battles with insurance over what is required for your vehicle. The manufacturers saying they require or recommend these scans means they are eligible to be covered by your insurance, which means one less headache for you to deal with.

At O’Rielly’s, we are committed to providing the best possible repairs to your vehicle in order to give you the safest passage back to the open road. You can rest easy leaving your vehicle with us knowing that we will take every measure to ensure your car is repaired and completely safe. Click on the link below to schedule an appointment for any repair needed.


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