ADESA, a business unit of used vehicle digital marketplace operator KAR Auction Services, Inc. d/b/a KAR Global, recently added OBD2 emissions codes to the condition reports of vehicles inspected at ADESA locations, according to a news release.
The codes will be directly added from the scan at the point of inspection and displayed on ADESA condition reports. They will appear as text in a clean and easy to understand table format.
“We’re constantly improving our inspection process and condition reports to ensure our customers are getting the clear, accurate and actionable data they need to be successful,” said John Hammer, chief commercial officer of KAR Global and president of ADESA, in a statement. “OBD2 scans and the data they provide aren’t new to the industry, but the speed, delivery and clarity of how we’re displaying them to our customers is what will make a significant impact. We’re ensuring both our buyers and sellers have a faster and clearer path to the key information they need to make smart decisions.”
ADESA inspectors will use Bluetooth devices to seamlessly integrate the results directly into the vehicle’s condition report. If the check engine light is on, the condition report will show the corresponding active emissions codes. If the check engine light is off and no OBD2 codes are shown, the condition report will display “no diagnostic codes were reported."
Srisu Subrahmanyam, chief operating officer of ADESA, added, “Armed with OBD2 information at the point of inspection, sellers can easily make pre-sale reconditioning decisions to repair the cause and clear codes prior to sale, adding value to their vehicle. And if no action is taken, buyers reviewing the condition report will have greater confidence in the listing’s accuracy – potentially leading to more bidding activity.”
OBD2 scans provide more comprehensive diagnostic information on vehicle lights or issues already disclosed in standard inspections. They give sellers and buyers deeper information to help understand the root cause(s) and magnitude of vehicle issues. The resulting codes from an OBD scan will not affect the vehicle’s AutoGrade.