Things to consider when choosing an aligner

Purchasing garage equipment is expensive and it’s easy to make a decision based on initial cost. However there are other factors that will affect the relationship between you and your equipment over its lifespan that you will need to consider before installation – does it come with warranty? Do you have a clearly laid out servicing and calibration plan?
See our tips below on things to consider when choosing the right system for you.

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Steering Angle Sensor Reset Capability

An increasing number of modern vehicles have advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, traction control and many others. These systems can be affected by mechanical alignment adjustments. This has led many manufacturers to require electronic resets for these systems, after a mechanical alignment is performed. Does the wheel aligner you are considering allow you to meet these safety requirements?

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Vehicle Protection

Does the equipment protect the wheel and rest of the vehicle from damage? Can it handle the range of vehicles you will see in your facility? Does it reference a solid, adjustable vehicle surface like the wheel? Make sure you consider the overall vehicles protection when choosing a wheel aligner.

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Vehicle-Specific Procedures

Vehicle manufacturers have set specific alignment specifications for every vehicle. Hunter wheel aligners know what adjustments are available, and guides the technician through the correct procedure for alignment adjustments.

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Training Assistance

Even the most experienced technician may see unfamiliar vehicles at times. Knowing what adjustments are available and how to use them can save valuable time. Advanced wheel alignment machines also offer on-board video and animations to assist the technician.

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Software and Tools

Measuring camber, caster, and toe are important, but does the equipment you are considering feature any software tools to make common adjustments easier, reducing the skill and effort required to complete the wheel alignment on common vehicles?

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Efficiency

You only get paid for the alignments you complete. While wheel aligners are designed to complete the job, some do it more efficiently than others. How long does it take to get accurate measurements with this aligner? How long does it take to complete the wheel alignment? The answers to these questions are often greatly affected by the wheel aligner’s software and hardware.

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Vehicle Manufacturer Approval

Knowing the job was done correctly is important. In the equipment world, vehicle manufacturers test equipment to ensure it is capable of measuring vehicles to the appropriate level of accuracy. Has the equipment been tested and approved by any third party, such as the vehicle manufacturers?

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Service

Even the best equipment will need service, whether it is a maintenance checkup, calibration or repair. Who provides service for the equipment? What is their typical response time? Do they have expert support in your community?

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Upgradable

Is the equipment able to grow with your business and be easily upgraded, or is it a piece that is forever stuck in time, like most equipment in the market today?

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ROI

Many times, a wheel alignment machine is the most expensive piece of equipment a shop purchases, but it can also have one of the fastest returns on investment. Consider the true time of return on investment that can be affected by many of the factors above.


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Using digital imaging cameras, the HawkEye aligners take constant images of the reflective targets, attached to the wheels. Capturing the orientation and position of each wheel in order to give rapid and live alignment readings. The Pro-Align imaging range offers workshops quick, efficient and accurate alignment, which generates increased productivity, increased customer service and increased revenue generation opportunities. Our Hunter HawkEye Imaging aligners start at the entry level Hunter 100 – 2 camera ‘Special’ right through to the premium Hunter Elite TD (Target Direct) system and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) Approved Systems.