The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI), Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and the Auto Care Association (ACA) are unified in their position to support use of multi-brand scanning tools in aftermarket, not just original equipment manufacturer (OEM) scan tools.
The three groups issued a position statement in mid-August with the conclusion: “There are multiple tool options available to collision and mechanical repair shops during the diagnostic and repair processes. We, the undersigned, believe that shops will be best served to have both OEM and multi-brand tool accessibility, enabling shops to choose the most appropriate solution for each repair. Each repair provider must assess their needs in order to determine which tools are best for the services they are performing.”
According to the position statement, the decision was made after consulting subject matter experts in both multi-brand aftermarket tools and OEM scanning tools. For more than 20 years, ETI’s members have licensed and incorporated OEM diagnostic data, service information and repair procedures in developing aftermarket scan tools.
“We are proud to work directly with Auto Care and AASA in the development of this critically important statement,” says Brian Plott, executive director of ETI, in a joint statement. “We have worked with OEM and aftermarket experts to develop our position, and we are confident in our stance.” ETI consists of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers, technical information providers and training organizations. The institute’s mission is to advance the vehicle service industry with technical data and open dialogue.
A statement by ETI, AASA and ACA states that investing in multiple OE tools can be cost-prohibitive and perhaps reduce efficiency until the technician is fully trained to use the tools. Consumers could experience cost increases for repairs if shops must use OE tools for each automotive brand.
“This position statement makes it clear to the industry that consumers and repair facilities are best served when multi-brand scan tools are available,” says AASA President and COO Paul McCarthy in the statement. “This is a significant statement to the automotive industry, underscored by the signatories of the three leading associations.” AASA serves as “the voice for the automotive aftermarket supplier industry.”
The auto care industry supports 4.4 million American workers and is a more than $380 billion industry. ACA provides advocacy, education, networking, technology, market intelligence and data resources to serve members, including the entire supply chain of the automotive aftermarket.
Bill Hanvey is president and CEO of Auto Care Association, and in the statement he said the association is “thrilled to support the entire repair community to ensure they are able to meet the demands of today’s and tomorrow’s diagnostic and vehicle maintenance environment. This position statement is a testament to our associations working in collaboration for the betterment of our industry.”