Audatex, a Solera Holdings company that provides insurance claims solutions, has launched a new service called Audatex Vehicle Health Check (VHC).

This new vehicle diagnostic and repair solution delivers full-system scans of the computer systems in today’s vehicles to ensure their operability before putting the vehicles back on the road after a collision or mechanical repair, Audatex said.

“As the growing population of smart cars and ADAS equipped vehicles (Advanced Driver-Assisted Systems) escalates, so does the need for an advanced solution to properly diagnose the systems when those vehicles have been in an accident and require electronics or mechanical repair,” said Don Mikrut, vice president of collision repair services at Audatex. “This Vehicle Health Check provides the automotive repair industry with the ability to confidently scan, diagnose and confirm the full health of those cars’ electronics.” 

Today, the complexity of electronic system diagnostics and subsequent repairs supersedes that of the hard parts, requiring new tools and solutions for collision repair. Estimators and technicians need to understand probable causes and proven repairs, extending beyond typical code reading technology, to reduce expensive and timely sublet operations, according to Audatex. 

This is where the power of a full system scan, combined with Solera’s extensive knowledge base, allows the VHC to leverage the more than 60,000 repair shops using and contributing to the Identifix knowledge base and more than 80,000 technicians that are part of the International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN). 

“Since I’ve been using Identifix, the shop’s diagnostic time has been cut by at least 70 percent,” said Rick Miner, owner of Miner’s Auto Repair. “The great thing about Identifix is that it helps us zero in on the system causing the problem, and with the added OEM features, I have all the information I need in one place.”

The Audatex Vehicle Health Check will be available in early 2018 with multiple package options to meet varying budgets, diagnostic needs and skill levels. These packages include VHC Pro and VHC Technician Kit.