8 pointers for selecting the ideal wheel aligner
When you’re looking for the wheel alignment machine for your workshop, it’s important to have access to reliable information. We asked Levanta’s wheel service equipment experts to pass on their top 6 tips for choosing the right wheel aligner for your workshop.
1) Check that the aligner supplier offers comprehensive servicing
As a workshop manager you’ll appreciate that even the best equipment needs servicing from time to time, whether that’s a maintenance checkup or repairs.
Ask who will provide the necessary service for the wheel service equipment; what their typical response time is; and whether they can provide expert support to your location.
2) Ensure the wheel aligner can be upgraded
Of course, you don’t want your brand new wheel aligner to become out-of-date too quickly. Make sure you check whether the machine can readily be upgraded as your business grows, and that you’re able to edit the specification when required by the operator. You may even be able to save the cost of a callout by ensuring the software can be downloaded via the internet.
3) Check that the alignment machine has an OBD2 real-time data interface
Most modern vehicles feature advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, traction control and more; all of which can be affected by mechanical wheel alignment adjustments.
4) Look for a wheel aligner with cutting-edge software and tools
While it’s important to measure camber, caster, and toe are important, it’s equally important that the wheel aligner features software tools to make common adjustments easier. This feature can help reduce the amount of effort and skill needed to complete wheel alignments on common vehicles.
5) Ensure the wheel alignment machine offers vehicle-specific procedures
Many OEMs have specific alignment specifications set for each of their vehicles. Look for a wheel aligner that stays up-to-date with available adjustments, and guides your technician through the correct procedure.
6) Find out whether you can you get training assistance for your technicians
Even your most experienced technicians will have to cope with servicing unfamiliar vehicles occasionally. They can save valuable time in this situation by knowing in advance what adjustments are available, and exactly how to use the wheel aligner for that vehicle.
7) Consider how efficient the wheel aligner is
It’s a fact that your business will only get paid for the wheel alignments you actually complete. Therefore, it makes sense to look for a machine that works as efficiently as possible.
Ask: How long does it take to get accurate measurements? How long does it take to complete the entire wheel alignment? These answers will be largely determined by the wheel aligner’s software and hardware.
8) Lastly, determine the expected ROI from the wheel alignment machine
Even though a wheel alignment machine may be one of the most expensive pieces of workshop equipment, it can also provide you with one of the fastest Returns on Investment. Before you lock in a particular model, think about the true time of return on investment by considering the factors we’ve spoken about above.
Talk to Levanta for advice on the ideal wheel alignment machine
The right wheel aligner can help improve your workshop business’s profitability and customer retention.
rFor advice and information on wheel alignment machines, get in touch with Levanta on 1300 577 541 or with your local office’s contact forms here.