There has never been a more crucial time to ensure that your repair facility follows the correct OEM procedures when repairing vehicles. Accessing that information can sometimes be a challenge which is why today we’d like to share the following information with you.
Have you heard of NATA and CASIS?
NATA is the National Automotive Trades Association and among other things, they brokered the agreement that allows the Canadian automotive aftermarket service and repair industry to access OEM diagnostic and repair information. That agreement is known as The Canadian Automotive Service Information Standard (CASIS) which is a voluntary agreement, reached in 2009, between NATA, representing the automotive aftermarket industry, and the two associations representing Canadian automobile manufacturers and distributors: the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association (CVMA), and the Global Automakers of Canada (GAC). In 2011, the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) became a fourth signatory.
The CASIS was created to provide a framework for the auto manufacturers to share service and repair information with the automotive aftermarket industry on a level equivalent to information available to authorized dealerships.
Most repair facilities subscribe to third-party information systems such as Mitchell, Alldata, and Identifix, and for the most part, these products satisfy their day-to-day information needs. However, when the information required is not available in those systems, or the repair cannot be completed without downloading a software update from the manufacturer and installing it in the vehicle, the only place to go is the OEM website. To be sure you are following the most current procedures, the OEM websites are the only choice.
What Does the CASIS Do For Independent Automotive Professionals?
The CASIS ensures you have access to those websites, so you can get all available information direct from the original source. NATA is the steward of the CASIS, ensuring that it continues to fulfill its mandate.
NATA’s CASIS website, OEMRepairInfo.ca, contains a plethora of third-party information links to help you perform your vehicle repair jobs properly, safely, and efficiently.