Today marks a mile stone for AucNation Synergy Sdn Bhd with their announcement of a strategic industry alliance between them and Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) together with the launch of Vehicle Inspection Management System or VIMS.
AucNation Synergy was established in 2014 as Malaysia’s automotive management solutions provider. They are committed to the education, service and transformation of Malaysia’s used car industry, ultimately creating a more effective, reliable and safer trading experience for businesses and consumers.
VIMS is AucNation Synergy’s new and innovative solution for the used vehicle industry. It is a comprehensive vehicle inspection service that is powered by Automobile Inspection System (AIS) and supported by MAI through their training facilities. AIS is a top inspection company in Japan for brands such as Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan and Mazda. AIS is also one of three inspection brands approved as official grading for consumers by the Automobile Fair Trade Committee (AFTC)
VIMS has two types of analyses – Visual Analysis and Diagnostic Analysis. The Visual Analysis is conducted using a Pen Based Computer (PBC) board to inspect the vehicle’s main frame (Accident History; Repair or Replacement of Parts), basic mechanical components (Oil Leak; Abnormal Noises; Excessive Exhaust Smoke), as well as the exterior (Cracks & Dents; Sheet Metal Paint; Panel Replacement) and interior of the car (Smell; Seat Condition; Condition of Accessories). The Diagnostic Analysis uses the On-Board Diagnostic 2 (OBD 2) tool to do the health check of the vehicle’s subsystems such as the engine and transmission.
Results of the 2 analyses are sent to AIS in Japan to obtain an accurate and fair scoring. Data collected will be stored on a web server and retrieved as needed. Inspection is conducted by a qualified inspector who have undergone rigorous training with AucNation Synergy’s counterpart in Japan. Each VIMS inspection takes about 30 – 40 minutes to complete and customers will receive a VIMS Certificate of Inspection, issued within 48 hours and valid for 90 days. VIMS will not only provide an in-depth analysis of the condition of a used and reconditioned car but also able to identify any tampering, modifications or additions that may compromise the car’s overall durability and safety. On top of that, VIMS is able to pinpoint if the car is a half cut, if it was involved in an accident or even if it is simple too old.
Speaking during the press conference, YBhg Dato’ Madani Sahari, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) emphasized that VIMS is not here to replace Puspakom but is more towards educating consumers, workshops and the used cars industry on the needs to have safe and quality used and reconditioned vehicles. Commenting on MAI’s involvement in this Alliance, YBhg Dato’ Madani Sahari said, “MAI actively identifies strategic partners who can harness technologies and expertise to add value to the used vehicle industry in Malaysia. We are pleased that VIMS’ OBD 2 has been introduced into the Malaysian market as an international car diagnostic system with a capacity to run diagnostics on any car brand system, including our national vehicles, minus the risk of malfunction due to system conflict or virus attack. Together with the dedicated inspection training programme, VIMS has the potential to uplift the used and reconditioned car trade in Malaysia, and we look forward to see the results of our collaboration.” He further adds that “the launch of VIMS is in line with the goals of the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) initiatives under the National Automotive Policy 2014, where about 300 inspection centers are required around Malaysia and owners are encouraged to send their vehicles for checks to ensure safety.
VIMS is currently available only in the Klang valley but will soon expand to the Northern and Southern regions. Inspection teams are mobile, meaning they will go to the customers which is a great convenient. There are 10 trained inspectors to kick off VIMS and each inspector is able to check up to 8 cars a day. Rates start from RM175.00 for a basic visual check to RM350.00 per vehicle.
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