ASA releases position statement on scanning compensation for collision repairers

Asa Logo 3dtFrom the Automotive Service Association

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – March 5, 2021 – On behalf of the combined efforts from Industry Associations, collision repair professionals, scan tool providers  and various subject matter experts, the Automotive Service Associated (ASA), the Society of Collision Repair  Specialist (SCRS) and the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP) acknowledges the act of scanning* a  vehicle using a qualified scan tool** as a necessary and not-included operation that is legitimately expressed on  a repair order with either a fixed cost, in labor hours and/or set dollar amount***

All other procedures necessary to correctly and safely identify and address a vehicle’s electronic system faults or  Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC)s are considered additional operations and not included in the scanning  operation. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Prepping the vehicle for a scan
  • Researching, Verifying and Documenting Manufacturers’ Data
  • Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Systems Programming
  • Systems Initialization
  • ADAS Calibrations
  • Test driving


*Scanning – A mechanical operation to connect a qualified diagnostic scan tool into an OBD-II port or other  communication ports in order to retrieve all Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC)s using the most current, available  OEM information to ensure a proper and safe repair.

**Qualified Scan Tools – A device approved by the vehicle’s manufacturer (OEM) to provide a repair technician  access to the status of the vehicle’s sub-systems. OEM approved scan tools are specific to each OEM and have the  complete suite of capabilities as determined by their service engineering groups.

These devices are:

  • Used to query, display and document all vehicles’ control system networks (through Security Gateways if  applicable)
  • Capable of identifying all equipped Electronic Control Units (ECUs)
  • Capable of identifying all DTCs
  • Capable of generating a report.

Scan tools are manufactured in a variety of hardware and software configurations, including PC/Laptop based  software application tools connected with a vehicle’s communication interface, to handheld (embedded) tools  with built in interfaces and software.

***Labor Hours | Dollar Amounts – A reasonable and necessary amount that may vary depending on  year/make/model and scan tool used.

Qualified Scanning Personnel should be familiar with:

  • Scan tool operation
  • Vehicle specific set-up operations
  • Adding battery support
  • Researching vehicle manufacturer repair procedures
  • Diagnostic Code Interpretation

“I want to thank the Automotive Service Association (ASA) Collision Division Director Mike LeVasseur for taking the lead on this challenge,” ASA President Ray Fisher said.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the ASA Collision Operations Committee for all of their hard work. I also want to thank some of the industry’s top leaders, industry educators, and industry vendors who gave thankless hours and devotion to achieve a very comprehensive approach to a major industry challenge,” said LeVasseur, ASA Collision Division Director. “We feel that we hit the mark and with the valued input and support of SCRS and AASP. This should prove to bring a more united clarity when writing, negotiating and repairing the complex safety systems in today’s vehicles. It is our desire that these efforts objectively open dialogue, reduce the friction and maximize yields.”

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