Tools & Technology
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Essential Tech-Based Tools for the Modern Shop

Written by
Kirk Carlisle
Published on
July 21, 2023

In the ever-evolving world of collision repair, technology has become the ultimate game-changer, empowering modern facilities to deliver safe and flawless vehicle restorations. Today, we will take a closer look at the tech-based tools that have become the superheroes of the industry, ensuring precise repairs while making our lives a whole lot easier. So grab your cape, and let's explore these remarkable tools.

A yellow tape measure extended over a background featuring a automotive schematic and a yellow toy car.

Measuring Systems

Imagine having a compact, mobile measuring system that can swiftly capture precise measurements like a ninja measuring tape on steroids. Well, enter the world of mobile measuring systems, where speed, accuracy, and portability are paramount. One standout option is the Car-O-Liner PointX system. As simple to use as a tram gauge, this portable powerhouse delivers precise measurements of the vehicle's frame and body. It sends the measurements to the Car-O-Liner software, where it is all built into an easy-to-read measurement sheet. It helps ensure proper alignment and structural integrity, allowing you to tackle even the trickiest repair challenges easily. 

Automotive technician sitting at the wheel running a diagnostic scan.

Scanning Equipment

We can't stop at measuring systems, however. Our vehicles have become sophisticated beasts filled with complex electronic systems. That is where vehicle scanning equipment comes into play – the genius detectives that uncover hidden damage and restore a vehicle's systems to their former glory. Brands like Bosch, Autel, and Snap-on offer a range of non-OEM diagnostic scan tools that dive deep into a vehicle's electronic and mechanical systems. These tools retrieve fault codes, perform comprehensive system scans, and diagnose issues with the accuracy of a well-trained detective. By harnessing the power of scanning tools, technicians can ensure that no damage goes unnoticed and no system is left unchecked, resulting in safe and reliable repairs.

Paint technician using a digital scanner to match automotive paint color for refinishing.


Now let's talk about the art of paint matching. We all know the struggle of matching colors by eye, hoping for the best. Thankfully, cutting-edge paint-matching software and equipment have revolutionized this process. Brands like PPG, BASF, and Axalta have introduced state-of-the-art solutions that leave nothing to chance. Using these software programs, which are paired with advanced spectrophotometers, technicians can precisely match the vehicle's original paint color, seamlessly blending repaired areas with the rest of the vehicle. It's like watching a magic trick unfold before your eyes, ensuring flawless finishes that bring back the vehicle's original charm. app example of 3D scan and measurements.

Any Others…?

Lastly, let's introduce our trusty sidekick, the Damage Appraisal app. This modern-day assistant streamlines the damage assessment process, bringing order to the chaos. Using the LiDAR capability found in Apple devices, the app scans a damaged panel, builds a 3d depth map of the damage, provides a suggested repair time, and assists the user in capturing additional operations. With its user-friendly interface and powerful features, this app allows estimators and technicians to document and evaluate vehicle damage efficiently. It ensures that nothing slips through the cracks, making the appraisal process a breeze. You can try the Damage Appraisal App free for 10 days at You can also sign up for a live app demo at

In this era of advanced technology, these tech-based tools have become the backbone of modern collision repair facilities. They are not mere gimmicks; they are the superheroes that ensure safe, accurate, and efficient repairs. The mobile measuring systems provide precise measurements, the scanning equipment unveils hidden issues, the paint-matching software and equipment create flawless finishes, the damage appraisal app keeps everything organized, and finally, an objective means of appraising exterior panel damage. Together, they empower technicians to deliver exceptional results while saving time and effort.

If you're ready to take your collision repair facility to new heights, embrace these tech-powered tools and witness the transformation. With their superpowers by your side, you'll become a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Embrace technology, stay updated with the latest advancements, and let your collision repair facility become a beacon of excellence.

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