Kia is very specific about the way you should repair their vehicles, but not all body shops follow these instructions. In nearly all of our blogs, we stress two critical points: the importance of a reliable repair and the fact that not all body shops in Statesville actually perform a safe repair according to Kia’s standards. And while these shops can make your Kia appear repaired, the truth is it might not be and that could come at a financial cost to you or to your safety.
If you own a 2019 Kia Optima and are in need of auto body repair, Kia has provided very specific instructions that are unique to the 2019 Kia Optima, but it is the responsibility of the body shop to research these procedures and to follow them exactly. You may be surprised to find out that there are no laws that enforce OEM repair procedures and that not every shop follows them.
We at Statesville Collision Center are always up-to-date on the latest trends in collision repair, so we provide you with a safe repair. We feel that it is important to educate our customers on the various repair procedures, so you know what to look for in your repair estimate. If a body shop’s estimate is missing these critical steps outlined below, then be cautious of using them to repair your vehicle. The safety systems in your car might be malfunctioning, unable to perform their designated functions, and your life could be at risk from an auto body shop not performing a scan wherever Kia requires.
We want you to know what the specific requirements in a 2019 Kia Optima are, so you know why we’re stressing the importance of these repairs.
What Kia wants you to know about how body shops must repair the 2019 Optima:
Scanning requirements on the Kia Optima:
One of the newest repair procedures for modern cars is something known as “scanning.” This happens when a technician hooks up a scanner to your car’s diagnostic port. From there, several Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC for short) will appear, giving a technician a vantage point on what needs fixing.
On the 2019 Kia Optima, scanning is a required procedure for its headlamps, especially for the S and SX models. These headlamps have unique configurations, capable of adapting to oncoming traffic, adjusting based on speed, and illuminating wherever the steering wheel is turning. Kia requires a recalibrating procedure that must be completed using a scan tool if a headlamp or height sensor is replaced. A recalibration will make sure your lights are correctly focused and perform all their designated functions, such as the ones available on the S and SX models.
Calibration requirements for sensors:
Just about every car manufactured over the past few years comes with advanced driver assistance technology (or ADAS for short). From lane keep assist, blindspot detection, and even the backup camera, ADAS technologies have forever changed the way we repair cars, but not everyone knows how to do it.
The ADAS system on the 2019 Kia Optima is known as DRIVE WISE. The system uses a variety of radar, camera, and ultrasonic sensors. Each one of these sensors has a unique repair procedure that will require something known as calibration. According to AAA, “an ADAS calibration is a process carried out to correctly align the cameras and sensors of a car so its ADAS systems can work as intended.” Not every auto body shop can perform a calibration, as it requires special tools and equipment. That way, the systems can be set or adjusted as needed.
Where Kia requires scanning and calibration on the 2019 Optima:
Since the ADAS systems are like little computers monitoring your driving and protecting you from a potential accident, Kia requires calibration any time a technician removes or replaces (also known as R&R) the area where the sensor is located.
Below are the different sensors on the 2019 Optima, part of Kia’s Drive Wise system:
- Adaptive Cruise Control sensor is located behind the front bumper. If the bumper is removed or replaced, the sensor must be calibrated.
- The Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) camera is located on the front windshield by the rearview mirror and is part of the automatic braking system. If the LKA camera or windshield is removed or replaced, calibration will be required.
- There are four ultrasonic park assist sensors across the rear bumper and blindspot radar sensors in the corners of the bumper. If the bumper is removed or replaced, calibration will be required for each of these sensors. Believe it or not, this applies even if you’re involved in a minor fender bender and can’t see any visible damage. The internal systems may be malfunctioning, and the only way to tell would be through scanning and calibration.
- There is a camera located on the rear hatch of the vehicle, that may be part of your car’s 360 camera system, which also has cameras on the mirrors and grille. If any of these cameras are removed or replaced, calibration is a requirement.
Who in Statesville NC knows how to repair my Optima the right way?
At Statesville Collision Center, we know a good repair is much more than using the latest tools and equipment. It’s about being up-to-date on the most recent repair procedures released by your car’s manufacturer to guarantee your vehicle is repaired the way it should. This is why you must take your car somewhere that is aware of these changes and can repair your vehicle precisely as the way it should.
We also are among the 10% of body shops in the country that are I-CAR Gold Class Trained. We care about our technicians receiving the highest level of training possible so you can provide you with the quality repair that you deserve.
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