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Six Essential Considerations Regarding Wheel Alignment Equipment

Post by Pat O'Neill, May 6, 2019, Products

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Alignments are considered a low-risk, high-profit source of income and are necessary for collision repairs. The secret to doing more of them starts with the right equipment to get the job done effectively and efficiently!

Chesapeake Automotive Equipment is a proud distributor of Hunter Engineering alignment systems. Choosing a wheel alignment machine for your shop is an important decision. Our entire team is on hand to provide you with valuable information regarding all of your alignment needs.

When you are looking into adding a new alignment machine to your body shop, here are a few things to consider.

Does the Alignment Machine Affect Factory Features?
With the ever-changing automotive manufacturing industry, keep in mind, an increasing number of modern vehicles are equipped with an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). ADAS typically includes features such as electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, traction control and many others. When making mechanical wheel alignment adjustments, these complex systems can be affected leaving less than desirable results among these features. Many  manufacturers now require electronic resets for these systems, after a mechanical alignment is performed to ensure vehicle safety. Be sure to look into safety feature measures that come equipped with your alignment system.

Vehicles equipped with ADAS, especially lane keep assist and collision braking, need to be properly aligned with how the vehicle is traveling down the road, especially after being involved in a collision. In addition to a mechanical alignment, manufacturer’s specifications often require a Safety System Alignment®. Hunter’s WinAlign®16.0 makes it easy to align a vehicle’s ADAS. For more information, contact us today!

Vehicle Protection Features

When performing vehicle alignments ensure your alignment can deliver optimal results without damaging the wheel or vehicle throughout the process. Make sure you consider the overall vehicle’s protection when choosing a wheel aligner and find a solution that can handle a wide range of vehicle makes and models.

OEM Specifications

If you are a preferred OEM repair provider it is important to have an alignment machine that can stand the test of manufacturer specifications. You may not only have the requirement to meet specific industry standards, but depending on the wheel alignment equipment you choose, you may have the ability to use the wheel alignment equipment to guide you through the correct procedure along the way.

Training Assistance

So you’ve decided on the perfect wheel alignment equipment for your body shop needs but now what? While you may have high quality, trained technicians in-house, often times questions arise and you need answers. Look for a system that offers the added support of ongoing training options so you can get the most out of your new equipment.


Wheel alignment systems are designed to complete the job, however some do it more efficiently than others. Consider how long it takes to perform accurate measurements and complete the wheel alignment process. Leading edge technology in software and hardware will greatly increase cycle times and profits.

Upgrade Options

No one likes to make a large investment only to find their equipment becomes obsolete before the packing tape is off the box! If you run a busy shop keep in mind you will want to purchase equipment that is able to grow with your business. One sure fire way to do that is by investing in equipment that allows upgrades as your shop grows and the automotive repair industry changes.

When you are in the market for wheel alignment systems, Chesapeake Automotive Equipment has got you covered. We provide top-of-the-line general shop and automotive equipment to commercial automotive-related businesses ranging from independent mom and pop auto collision and repair shops to heavy-duty repair facilities to auto dealership groupsin Delaware, Maryland, northern Virginia, the West Virginia Panhandle and Washington, D.C. Contact our sales team at 800.604.9653 to find the right solution for your business.



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