Toronto, Ontario — Airpro Diagnostics is now a Ford-authorized calibration service provider within the Ford Certified Collision Network (FCCN) and Ford Certified Glass Network (FCGN).
To become part of Ford’s FCCN and FCGN, Airpro’s Ford brand specialists were sent to I-CAR’s training centre in Chicago to meet hands-on training requirements.
Ford has lists of approved third-party providers on its Integral Platform FCCN and FCGN portals, which are updated as providers meet certification requirements, according to the automaker.
Collision repairers won’t be required to do anything other than verify they are part of the FCCN and or FCGN to use AirPro’s services on Ford vehicles. The primary benefits for repairers of this verification will be speed, access to brand specialists, and controlled costs, said Josh McFarlin, AirPro president and COO.
This new agreement follows the conclusion of a two-year-end-user license agreement (EULA) lawsuit filed against Airpro by Ford.
In January, U.S. Eastern District of Michigan Judge George Caram Steeh ruled in favor of Ford regarding claims of breach of contract, copyright infringement, trademark violations, and improper transfer of the OEM’s diagnostic software. However, Ford’s claims of false and misleading designations of origin as well as unfair competition violations under Michigan law remained until a mutual dismissal agreement was reached in May.
In a written statement emailed to RDN Ford said, “We amicably resolved the legal matter some time ago and reached a resolution with AirPro. At that time, AirPro obtained a license agreement from Ford. We have continued to work together because we want to ensure Ford vehicle owners and their service providers can count on the source of diagnostic software they rely upon. AirPro followed the normal process for becoming certified for FCCN and FCGN. AirPro being Ford-certified ensures that our vehicle owners and service providers can be confident of the quality of the diagnostic software.”
AirPro’s scan tools are approved OEM options by General Motors, Honda, Nissan, and Subaru for repair center use. AirPro is also an authorized calibration service provider by those OEMs.