ST. LOUIS — Before a customer gets out of his or her vehicle in the service drive at Jay Wolfe Toyota of West County, the dealership already knows whether the wheels of the car or truck are out of alignment and whether it has body damage.
This summer, the suburban St. Louis dealership beta-tested an alignment checking machine from Hunter Engineering Co. that is launching this month. Hunter's Quick Check Drive uses four cameras that take pictures of the front, rear and sides of a vehicle, and 16 laser sensors that scan its wheels as it rolls into the service drive.
Quick Check Drive, Hunter Engineering's latest laser-operated alignment machine, is the newest entry in a sector that includes Vehicle Service Group's Rotary brand and Snap-on's John Bean line.
The Hunter machine's alignment check takes seconds and occurs automatically. Results appear instantly on a large TV screen above the service drive and are available when a service adviser greets the customer.