The world was very different 23 years ago. Hell, 24 years ago, I wasn’t even a part of it (I can only imagine how terrible it must have been without me). We were incorporated before the digital age, on Halloween of 1993, almost three months after I was born. Our first receipts were hand written by my father. Vehicle were simpler, had less systems, virtually no computerized components, and ultimately, less stuff to break. But they weren’t nearly as safe, or intuitive, as they are now.
The modern automobile is an operating system with wheels, and I am barely exaggerating when I state this. Sensors must be coded and programmed to the ECU of the car, transmission shifting points can be monitored and remapped to the computer, tire size can be programmed into the computer to re-calibrate the speedometer, and the steering wheel angle can be digitally aligned to the wheels in addition to the manual alignment of the tie rod ends.
I guess what I’m saying is this. Being a technician is not what it used to be. In fact, we have changed the jargon itself, no longer referring to ourselves as “mechanics” but as “technicians” instead, because working on cars has become a very complicated and technical process. Such a process is demonstrated here, in this gallery of images depicting the repair of a 2014 Hyundai Tucson. This particular repair involved the use of our Modis diagnostic scanner to identify and address fault codes within the system, our Chief digital frame measuring system to calculate and repair frame damage down to the millimeter, our TPMS3 tire pressure coder to re-code sensors and new wheels to the vehicle, Lesonal paint mixing and tinting systems to match factory paint, State of the art Prospot spot welders, any many more sophisticated tools that allow us to repair a new vehicle to new (and constantly increasing) standards. The art of repairing a vehicle has, over the course of the past 23 years, developed into a science as well.
We are proud to say that we have developed with the automotive industry, always keeping up on our training and equipment, never falling behind and never denying our customers a modern experience. And though it is stressful to continually evolve with the industry, we are happy to say that over the years we have seen less and less injuries associated with these accidents. What keeps us motivated to learn is that, as vehicles become harder and harder to understand, they also become safer and safer on the roads. So here it is; a gallery of photos to celebrate our 23 years in business and demonstrate what we do best; fix cars.