“Cars have multiple control modules that talk to each other,” Jim Champion says. “It’s just like a computer network, only it’s not just one computer.”
He says years ago, everything in a vehicle was mechanical. But that began to change in the 1980s when vehicle computerization kicked into gear.
Nowadays, vehicle technology is “ramping up faster than ever. Think about how quickly technology changes with phones – it’s the same in the automotive world,” Jim notes.
Trained and ready
“Shops must be adequately staffed with professionals who know how to properly diagnose vehicles,” Jim says.
Specific equipment needed and constant training involved in dealing with today’s vehicles.
In fact, when a vehicle’s “check engine” light comes on, the car’s computer systems may simply need updates, like a desk computer. That’s why Jim’s technicians are well-versed in these systems and know what they’re getting into when they start repairs.
And while Charlie Graham has cutting-edge scanners and other state-of-the-art equipment, some vehicles have such new technology they must go to the dealership for updates.
“That’s usually covered under warranty,” Jim says.
Though technology moves at lightning speed, the technicians at Charlie Graham have the knowledge and expertise to make necessary repairs and updates.
They also know when it’s time to involve the dealership for a quick fix to save you both time and money.