Diagnostic Tool & Equipment News - April 2019

asTech announces partnership with AutoNation to deliver diagnostic repair service

asTech to receive technical insights from thousands of AutoNation technicians

Plano, Texas—Repairify, the makers of the asTech diagnostic device, and AutoNation have announced a partnership. The collaboration provides AutoNation with the technology required to perform pre- post-diagnostic and electronic vehicle service for its 85 collision centers.

asTech’s diagnostic and calibration solutions and technical support team of technicians enables real-time collaboration with collision repair technicians to efficiently diagnose and perform repairs.

The partnership with AutoNation will also provide asTech with technical insights from thousands of AutoNation technicians working in automotive repair centers who are the first to interact with the latest in-vehicle technologies.

“Pre- and post-diagnostic scanning for collision repairs is fast becoming the new standard for the repair process,” said Scott Arnold, AutoNation executive vice president Customer Care and Brand Extensions. “The diagnostic process ensures onboard vehicle technology is operating properly after the repair of a collision event, which is essential to customer safety and the reliability of their vehicle. This enhanced technology capability continues to solidify our strategy to be the premier retailer and distributor of parts and professional repair services in the collision repair industry.”

Doug Kelly, CEO of asTech, added, “AutoNation is the nation’s largest auto retailer. We’re very excited about the partnership and their commitment to be the gold standard of repair providers. AutoNation’s expertise and vision provide an invaluable contribution to maintaining our position as an industry leader.”


Latest Snap-on software upgrade provides key programming

Lincolnshire, Ill.—Snap-on now offers key programming and related vehicle systems coverage so shops can keep that business in-house. Snap-on’s latest software upgrade gives shops and technicians more than 50 key programming and related systems for nearly a thousand of the most popular domestic, Asian and European models from 1992-2018, including BMW, Acura, Audi, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Nissan, Toyota, Volvo models and more.

“Easy step-by-step instructions quickly walk technicians through the process that can reprogram one or many keys for the vehicle in the same session,” said Leian Wunderlich, software marketing and program manager, Snap-on Diagnostics. “We understand our customers; they want to provide the best experience to their customers to gain long term loyalty and trust. They can do this by servicing even their smallest need, like reprogramming a key.

“There’s no need to give the dealership business, buy a separate specialized tool or wade through hundreds of online videos trying to figure out a homegrown fix when the complete solution is in the Snap-on diagnostic tool.”


AirPro meets General Motors requirements for collision repairs

AirPro satisfies GM Collision Repair Network certification criteria

Jacksonville, Fla.—AirPro Diagnostics has announced that General Motors engineers at its Global Technical Center in Warren, Mich., tested the AirPro scan tool using GM GDS 2 software and certified that the AirPro system meets GM requirements for their network of collision repairers.

AirPro Diagnostics is an industry leader in remote OEM diagnostic scanning, programming, safety system and ADAS calibrations servicing all makes and models (except Tesla) including 2019 model years. Body shops already using the AirPro solution can check that box in the General Motors Collision Repair Network certification criteria.

“This recognition by GM engineers is a significant milestone for us in our quest to deliver a comprehensive scan, diagnostic and calibration solution to the entire collision repair community,” stated Chuck Olsen, Executive Director Operations of AirPro Diagnostics. “Our tool is connected directly to the vehicle with the OEM software resident to properly and safely service vehicles. We are confident that our system will continue to pass testing with engineers at all OEMs.”







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