Calibrating Confidence: The Crucial Role of ADAS Post-Repair Calibration

In the rapidly advancing automotive industry, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have become a standard feature, enhancing safety and convenience. However, with this technology comes the crucial responsibility of proper calibration after repairs. A recent survey offers valuable insights into how various shops handle this critical task.

The survey question was – Are post repair calibrations done in your shop or sent out to a specialist or dealer?

In-House Calibration – 50%

Half of the respondents perform ADAS calibrations in-house. This approach has several advantages:

1. Control and Quality Assurance: By handling calibrations internally, shops can maintain control over the quality and timing of the process.

2. Customer Trust: In-house expertise may build customer confidence, knowing that their vehicle is being serviced by technicians familiar with their particular make and model.

3. Ongoing Training: Investing in in-house calibration requires continuous training, ensuring that technicians stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and procedures.

Sent Out to Dealer – 20%

Sending the calibration to a dealer is preferred by 20% of respondents, a choice that may reflect:

1. Brand-Specific Knowledge: Dealers typically have brand-specific tools and knowledge, providing confidence in accurate calibration.

2. Warranty Considerations: Working directly with a dealer may align with warranty requirements, ensuring compliance with manufacturer guidelines

Sent Out to Specialist – 7%

A smaller percentage, 7%, entrust ADAS calibration to external specialists. This decision might be influenced by:

1. Specialized Expertise: Specialists who focus solely on ADAS calibration might offer a level of expertise that general shops do not possess.

2. Cost-Effectiveness: For some shops, outsourcing to a specialist might be more economical than investing in specialized equipment and training

We Don’t Calibrate Post-Repair – 23%

Concerningly, 23% of respondents do not calibrate ADAS post-repair. The implications are serious:

1. Safety Risks: Inaccurately calibrated ADAS can compromise vehicle safety, leading to potential malfunctions or failures.

2. Legal and Ethical Considerations: Neglecting to calibrate may expose shops to legal liabilities and damage their reputation.


The results of this survey underscore the importance of ADAS calibration in the post-repair process. With various methods employed, from in-house handling to outsourcing to dealers or specialists, the key takeaway is the absolute necessity of consistent and accurate post repair calibration.

ADAS technologies hold the promise of a safer driving future, but this promise is only as strong as the commitment to proper maintenance and calibration. For automotive repair shops and technicians, investing in proper training, equipment, or collaborations is not just a business decision; it’s a commitment to the safety and trust of every driver who relies on these systems.

Whether you’re a shop owner evaluating your calibration strategy or a customer seeking assurance about your vehicle’s care, understanding the significance of ADAS calibration is essential. It’s not merely a technical procedure; it’s a vital step towards a safer and more responsible automotive industry.

I hope this blog post conveys the crucial role of consistent and proper ADAS calibration in automotive repair.  

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