ADESA Streamlines OBD2 Scans Through New Inspection Process


ADESA, a business unit of KAR Global, announced the addition of OBD2 emissions codes to the condition reports of vehicles inspected at ADESA locations. The codes will now be directly added from the scan at the point of inspection and displayed on ADESA condition reports. They will appear as text in a clean and easy to understand table format.

“We’re constantly improving our inspection process and condition reports to ensure our customers are getting the clear, accurate and actionable data they need to be successful,” said John Hammer, chief commercial officer of KAR Global and president of ADESA. “OBD2 scans and the data they provide aren’t new to the industry, but the speed, delivery and clarity of how we’re displaying them to our customers is what will make a significant impact. We’re ensuring both our buyers and sellers have a faster and clearer path to the key information they need to make smart decisions.”

ADESA inspectors will now use Bluetooth devices that will integrate the results directly into the vehicle’s condition report. If the Check Engine Light is on, the condition report will show the corresponding active emissions codes. If the Check Engine Light is off and no OBD2 codes are shown, the condition report will display “no diagnostic codes were reported”. 

“Armed with OBD2 information at the point of inspection, sellers can easily make pre-sale reconditioning decisions to repair the cause and clear codes prior to sale, adding value to their vehicle,” said Srisu Subrahmanyam, chief operating officer of ADESA. “And if no action is taken, buyers reviewing the condition report will have greater confidence in the listing’s accuracy – potentially leading to more bidding activity.”