The Necessity of Pre-Scanning Your Vehicle

When a guest brings their vehicle to us for repair, one of the very first things we do is pre-scanning to establish a baseline of information. Many times after an accident, there is damage that is not immediately visible. Pre-scanning allows us to know if a sensor may have been pushed out of position, or entirely damaged. And these days, there are so many computer components directly involved in the safety elements of your vehicle that it becomes imperative to know what’s working properly, and what’s not.

Pre-scanning your vehicle is something that some insurance companies don’t want to pay for. They operate under the (false) assumption that damage will become apparent as the repair moves forward, and so it’s not necessary to perform pre-scanning. This is wrong thinking by people not qualified to make such decisions.

If you take your vehicle to a body shop that doesn’t perform pre-scanning from the very beginning, you are risking them performing an incomplete – or even worse – an unsafe repair. We created an episode of our video series, The Airing of GRIEVEances that addresses this very situation, and the potentially dangerous consequences that can follow.  You may find that video here.

We feel strongly that pre-scanning is the first step toward a correct repair. It gives us information that we wouldn’t have any other way.

Here at Nylund’s, we pre-scan and post-scan every vehicle – because it’s the right thing to do. Our mantra is: “If it isn’t perfect, it isn’t leaving.” If you have any questions about our reasoning for pre-scanning, or would like a second opinion about a repair you had done somewhere else, please don’t hesitate to contact us here. Similarly, if you are interested in what your vehicle manufacturer says about pre and post-scanning, visit and search for the relevant position statement.

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