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The Multi-Brand Band: asTech supports industry statement on use of multi-brand scan tools

Toronto, Ontario asTech announced its support for the use of multi-brand scan tools in the automotive aftermarket on Thursday, following a position statement on the matter released by the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI), Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), and Auto Care Association. 

“We stand behind these organizations who play an important role in the development of practices and standards in the automotive industry,” said Cris Hollingsworth, president of asTech. “The market has indicated the need for flexible cost options across the spectrum of automotive repair events. We believe that multi-brand scan tools, when validated for accuracy, can provide a complementary approach to safely complete repairs.”

The statement was independently released earlier this month and solidifies the three organizations’ position on common diagnostic processes. asTech says its announcement was made after consulting with subject matter experts in both OE scanning and multi-brand aftermarket tools. 

The company says it wanted to make it clear to the industry that consumers and repair facilities are best served when multi-brand scan tools are available.

“While asTech is known for its focus on providing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) only tools, our extensive research has enabled us to develop a validation process that allows us to include access to aftermarket scans through our recently patented routing process while still providing the same accuracy and safety we are known for,” said Maurice Tuff, chief technology officer of asTech. 

asTech says it identified the need to validate aftermarket tools following their increased use in the market during the repair process. Through extensive research and development, the company has been able to identify when an aftermarket tool can be safely used and has incorporated this insight into its diagnostic process.

AsTech’s new solution, asTech Duo, provides collision and mechanical repair shops with access to the leading validated aftermarket and OEM scan tools so they can perform repairs efficiently, accurately and at the most affordable price point.

“We will be launching asTech DuoTM in the coming weeks, which will provide customers with the flexibility they need to meet their ever‐changing scanning, diagnostic, and calibration needs,” said Tuff. 

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