LaViola also discussed his purchasing criteria for scanning tools. At a minimum, he said, every shop should own an “OBD-II Enhanced” scan tool that is connected directly to the vehicle with the OEM software resident at the vehicle or “local,” as required by GM. The AirPro system can perform pre-scanning, post-scanning, programming, flashing, basic system calibrations and ADAS calibrations and includes a cloud-based diagnostic management system, among several other features.
LaViola’s presentation also included survey results from shops currently using AirPro services. In addition to insurance companies providing reimbursement for the AirPro invoice, 46 percent of shops said they were paid 25 percent or more markup. Sixty-seven percent of shops were reportedly compensated at a mechanical labor rate, while 39.6 percent were compensated at a body labor rate. Around 70 percent of shops also reported being reimbursed for a half-hour of labor for both pre-scans and post-scans.
According to the survey comments, some insurance companies do pay a full hour of labor. Lastly, almost 31 percent of shops reported that scanning, in-house programming and calibrations with the AirPro tool reduced their cycle time by two days, followed closely by 25 percent that stated it improved cycle time by more than two days.
LaViola and Quinn concluded by sharing their contribution to the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) and encouraging others to get involved. CIF aids industry members affected by natural disasters and other crises. To learn more, visit www.collisionindustryfoundation.org.