Everything You Need to Know About Vehicle Scanners

Everything You Need to Know About Vehicle Scanners

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June 29, 2018

If you drive a modern car, you’re sitting in a technological wonder.

When Karl Benz patented the first car in 1885, there’s no way he could have envisioned the features we enjoy today. Things such as video-assisted rear-view mirrors, adaptive steering, and now self-driving software make driving a more enjoyable experience.

There is one major disadvantage of this new technology. Collision repair specialists have a harder time diagnosing vehicles. Cars are so complex that even basic repairs require vehicle scanners.

One scanner, the asTech unit, rises above the competition and helps collision repair experts service your car. Read on to learn what the asTech diagnostics unit is, why it’s the best on the market, and why you should make sure your collision repair shop uses it.

How Shops Use asTech Vehicle Scanners

Once you take your car to a repair shop, the collision expert plugs the asTech unit into your vehicle’s OBD-II port. They then email your vehicle’s information to a team of diagnostic specialist at asTech’s headquarters.

Within 30 minutes, they’ll receive a report back within 30 minutes containing an itemized report of your vehicle. This gives technicians the information they need to diagnose your vehicle and fix whatever problems are there.

After repairs, technicians scan your vehicle again to make sure nothing happened to your car during the repair process.

Why Would Something Happen During Repairs?

Cars, newer models, in particular, are more complicated than they were 20 years ago. The electronic components of cars take up to 100 million lines of code; for comparison, all of Facebook has 60 million lines.

Even the slightest change could throw something off. It’s like the nervous system in humans. Unintended consequences happen in places collision specialists might not expect.

What The asTech Vehicle Scanners Mean For Customers

First, customers save time and money. It only takes 30 minutes for a scan to take place. Technicians don’t have to waste valuable time diagnosing problems. Customers benefit from lower labor costs and having their cars fixed right the first time.

Shops also save money with the asTech unit and pass those savings to customers. Many collision experts outsource cars to the dealership because of the costs of diagnosing problems.

The ASTec diagnostics unit gives dealers all the tools that the dealership has at a fraction of the cost. By avoiding dealerships, collision repair shops also shave days off of their cycle time and improve repair times. Freeing up space for more cars increases volume, which in turn lowers the amount they need to charge each customer.

You’re probably wondering how one device can do these things. Let’s look at what makes The ASTech scanner different.

What Makes The asTech Unit Different From Other Scanners?

When shopping for vehicle scanners, it’s undeniable that you have a broad range of options, including different models and brands. But several reasons make asTech a viable option for all your diagnostic scanning needs.

Lower Costs For The Shop, Lower Charges To Clients

When shops purchase vehicle scanners, they face huge up-front payments and monthly or yearly update fees. Often, one scanner isn’t enough. If a shop services Mercedes, for example, it could cost them $30,000 for the equipment they need.

When this happens, the only way for them to get a return-on-investment is charging more money to customers.

A collision shop with ASTech doesn’t have this problem. They pay an up-front cost of around $2500 with no yearly update charge. For this investment, they receive access to over $170,000 worth of OEM diagnostic scan tools.

Faster Updates Save Customers Time

Many of the OEM scanners roll out their updates to small shops later than national chains. Sometimes, it can take a full vehicle model year to receive updates, meaning that if you have a 2018 vehicle, your collision shop might have to send your car to a dealership.

This step could add days to the time it takes to get your vehicle up and running.

The asTech scanner works with vehicle manufacturers to ensure that owners of their scanner receive updates at the same time they do. A shop with this equipment can service your car faster and get you back on the road in no time.


The cost of OEM devices causes many shops to purchase after-market devices. Often, the devices register dash codes, but not other electrical components like door locks and Bluetooth.

For customers, the failure to read everything leads to incomplete work. If the job isn’t finished the first time, you’ll have to take your car back for more repairs. This costs you more money and keeps you off the road longer.

Long-term, incomplete repairs might lead to a total failure of your vehicle. Hidden damage caused by a collision or improperly working vehicle warning lights are dangerous to your car’s life.

How will you know if something is wrong if your service light doesn’t work? How do you know that the collision you were in didn’t lead to something worse than what was diagnosed the first time? With the asTech diagnostics unit, you’ll find out before leaving the collision repair shop.

If you are ever in an accident or need vehicle repairs, call shops and ask them if they have the asTech scanner. If the answer is no, keep looking. You’ll save money and time if the collision shop has the right equipment.

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The easiest and most convenient way to pay for your portion of the repairs to your vehicle is to endorse your insurance claim check and submit it to the shop. Of course, cash and checks are always welcome. Credit cards may also be used. We accept Visa, Master Card and Discover. For more information, please see our Payment Policy.

If your deductible is not waived, it will be your responsibility to pay us when you pick up your vehicle. If you aren’t sure about your deductible, you can call your agent and he can tell you whether your insurance company has waived your deductible or whether it will be your responsibility.

Claim numbers are issued by your insurance company at the time you report your accident. Just jot it down and bring it in with you when you come in to begin the repair process, we will do the rest.

You will be notified by phone when your vehicle is ready to be picked up. You can also check this website. You will see a message next to the last picture of your vehicle telling you that your vehicle is ready to be picked up. Feel free to call or e-mail your advisor during the repair process if you have questions or concerns.

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