On July 15, American Honda Motor Co. announced that all of its vehicles involved in a collision require a pre- and post-repair scan to determine if any diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) are present. Safety and driver assistance systems will also require inspection, calibration and aiming after the repair, according to the announcement. Both Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Toyota made similar announcements, and General Motors (GM) is rumored to have a statement coming, signaling a dramatic trend in the industry.
During this year’s NACE/CARS Conference & Expo in Anaheim, Calif., FenderBender columnist Mike Anderson led a panel of OEM and insurance representatives on the topic, and the consensus among the automakers represented (Honda, Toyota, FCA, GM, Audi, and Nissan North America) was that pre- and post-repair scanning is a quality issue for all parties involved and the only way to accurately identify damage. Chris Tobie, collision business specialist at American Honda, took part in that panel and shares why Honda decided to take this position and what it means for collision repairers.