“There are a lot of scan tools on the market,” said Mangat. “Our goal wasn’t to introduce another scan tool. The goal was to start integrating the repair information within the scan tool.”
He said the integration makes it very convenient for shops to access OEM information and allows technicians to print out the reports to attach to the claim. This can help limit liability by demonstrating that the repair has been done properly. Also, by pre-scanning the vehicle with the ALLDATA Diagnostics scan tool, Mangat said shops can provide the necessary documentation to insurance companies to get paid for the work that was completed.
“Shops need to get paid for what they do, and we want to make sure they have the documentation to prove it to the customer and also to the insurance company,” said Mangat. “We’re also helping shops be more profitable because they are getting paid for what they are repairing.”
ALLDATA Repair provides shops with online OEM repair information with factory-direct diagrams, repair procedures, TSBs and DTCs. Mangat said the product offers up-to-date repair information, fast navigation, unedited OEM information and tech-verified repairs.
ALLDATA Collision also offers unedited, factory-direct mechanical repair information. In addition, it includes OEM procedures such as sectioning and structural repairs, handling of new materials and panel removal and replacements.
ALLDATA Collision Advantage is a combination of ALLDATA Collision and ALLDATA Estimate Integration. It integrates with the three major estimating systems---Audatex, CCC and Mitchell---and provides line-by-line repair information. ALLDATA Collision Advantage can analyze an estimate and then display OEM procedures and alerts, vital repairs and manufacturer positioning statements.
Mangat said that identifying the required repairs helps shops save time as well as improve operations by ensuring the estimates are more accurate.
In 2017, the ALLDATA Collision Advantage product received the SEMA New Products Showcase award in the Collision Repair and Refinish category. This year, the company received two innovation awards from PTEN magazine: one for ALLDATA Diagnostics in the Scan Tools category, and one for ALLDATA Collision Advantage in the Computers and Software category.
For more information, visit www.ALLDATA.com.