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Stacey Phillips

Stacey Phillips photoStacey Phillips is a freelance writer for the automotive industry based in Southern California. She has 20 years of experience as an editor including writing in a number of businesses and fields.

 

She can be reached at stacey@radiantwriting.com. 

 
Tuesday, 08 June 2021 15:21

Best Body Shops’ Tips: Jake Rodenroth of asTech Shares Insights on Collision Repair Diagnostics

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Jake Rodenroth, asTech’s director of OEM and industry technical relations, wearing augmented reality glasses. Jake Rodenroth, asTech’s director of OEM and industry technical relations, wearing augmented reality glasses.

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...the correct parts are used on vehicles and the procedures are followed.

 

“When you start changing the way a vehicle is designed, you create variables for yourself that could create calibration failures,” said Rodenroth. “Remember that service manuals are written on perfect vehicles, not vehicles that have been repaired or have non-OEM parts fitted to them.”

 

Electric Vehicles

 

With automakers committed to an electric vehicle (EV) future, Rodenroth said OE factories and suppliers are expected to change dramatically. This includes new types of manufacturers, in particular technology companies, such as Rivian, Lucid, SF Motors, Mahindra and Faraday Future.

 

“Tech companies are winning the race to electrification,” he said.

 

Rodenroth estimated dealer service volume might decline by as much as 35%, while tire replacement, glass and visibility services, and length of ownership are all projected to increase.

 

“Collision repairers are also going to see a lot of parts, steering systems, braking systems and cooling systems that may require scan tools,” he said. “If a scan tool is involved in the repair, make sure you have the capability in-house or plan for it.”

 

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

 

Rodenroth said VR and AR are predicted to change how the industry is trained in the future. It will also impact how repair procedures are written and followed.

 

“Repair procedures can be challenging to follow, especially if you haven't...