Run a calibration report without lifting a finger

Run a calibration report without lifting a finger

Run a calibration report without lifting a finger

Mar 28, 2024

Mar 28, 2024

Mar 28, 2024

One of things we wanted to do when building Revv was to reduce the number of clicks it takes for repair shops to generate a calibration report.

Here’s all the steps it normally takes.

If you already have a relationship with a calibration shop: a car comes into your shop after an accident, you use an estimation software – like CCC ONE,  Mitchell, or Audatex – to create an estimate on the bodywork, download that estimate to your desktop, open your email inbox, attach that estimate to a new email, send that email to a calibration shop, the calibration shop will upload the estimate to an ADAS platform, wait for the platform to spit out a calibration report, download the calibration report onto their desktop, then email it back.

Or, if you don’t have a relationship with a calibration shop: a car comes into your shop, you create an estimate on the bodywork, use that estimate to try and figure out what work triggers an ADAS calibration, run a scan tool – which don’t work – to confirm what ADAS calibrations need to be done, then browse hundreds of pages of OEM documentation to find the most relevant recalibration protocol.

Either way, it's a lot of work. Which is why there’s a third set of folks we meet who avoid the hassle altogether and don’t know when they need to calibrate a sensor – which is even scarier when you realize road crashes are the leading cause of death in the US.

The whole calibration process is a sponge of time, attention, and rote manual work that has to be repeated for every single vehicle. And, like we wrote in our last post, anything that cuts into your time cuts into the amount of cars you can turn around, which trickles down into revenue leakage. 

Revv does things a little differently. We wanted shops to be able to drop the manual work while leveraging the systems and software they already love and trust. So we built native integrations with all the largest estimation softwares used by repair shops across the US. CCC One, Mitchell, Audatex – whoever you use, Revv connects. 

By enabling a sync between Revv and your estimation software, the amount of clicks it takes to run a calibration report goes all the way down to zero. Whenever a car comes into your shop and you write up an estimate about what you’re going to repair, Revv will automatically take that estimate and turn it into a calibration report. As an example, say your estimate says you need to fix the bumper and windshield. With no extra effort, Revv will tell you all the little electronics and sensors that map to each repair, like necessary calibrations to the front-facing camera or the millimeter wave radar in the blind spot. 

One of our most used features is a good example of Revv going beyond traditional calibration reports, too. Within Revv, shops can configure a pricing matrix for their services, which then can be auto-generated into a quote within one-click that you can socialize to all your stakeholders. 

What Revv is really great at is making this flow of information between parties easy, automatic, and continuous. A lot of ADAS softwares will advertise estimation software integrations, but what they really mean is that they can turn your estimates into calibration reports. The onus is still on you to upload those estimates to their platforms so they have access to that information. You never have to give Revv that access. It will pull that information on its own for every vehicle.

Sometimes you’ll see a vehicle you know doesn’t need to be calibrated – like a 1987 Chevy Silverado that was built before cars basically became big computers with sensors everywhere. Shops often ask if Revv's automatic integration will still run and generate reports on vehicles like this. The answer is yes. First, you can opt-out of this by selecting which years of vehicles you don’t want to run reports on. Secondly, it creates an unquestionable record to protect you from liability. With Revv, you have the paperwork on hand to prove you didn’t need to calibrate anything in case something goes wrong with the vehicle later on.  

Lastly, we never process any personally identifying information in the process. Our integrations are built through secure, compliant softwares like CCC Secure Share, and our partnerships with these softwares were stringent upon Revv meeting their high standards for compliance.

It might sound too good to be true, but the reality is: we spent a lot of time speaking with shops to understand what they wanted from these integrations, building them, and then tweaking them to get them just right. Shops wanted the ability to generate calibration reports with zero touch or manual effort – and we found a way to make it happen.