IRVINE, Calif. — Of more than 5,600 vehicles tested throughout 2019 with CarMD.com Corp.'s Pro Scan inspection solution, 80% needed repairs, the Irvine-based enterprise said.
Most of these repairs were hidden problems that would have been difficult to detect in a visual inspection, CarMD.com said.
"On average, these vehicles had six issues that needed to be checked, repaired or replaced, resulting in improved peace of mind for vehicle owners and increased average repair orders for shops," CarMD said.
More than two-thirds of the vehicles tested with Pro Scan did not display a check engine light, CarMD said, but three-quarters of these vehicles had problems nonetheless with one or more system.
The most commonly reported diagnostic trouble code was P0113, which usually denotes a problem with a mass-flow air sensor or manifold absolute pressure sensor, CarMD said.
"There's only so much a technician can catch through a visual sensor, so if a module or sensor isn't tied to a dashboard warning light or visible to the naked eye, it can be difficult to identify," Jim Dykstra, vice president of business development and strategy for CarMD, said.
"In addition to check engine light issues, CarMD Pro Scan reports results on every network system module, which helps repair shops find hidden work to drive sales and provide their customers with a more complete overview of their vehicle health," Mr. Dykstra said.
Launched in 2018, Pro Scan is a turnkey aftermarket business solution that taps CarMD's database of curated maintenance, repair and vehicle data to provide repair shops with a way to catch hidden problems, improve customer service and generate return on investment, CarMD said.