During the ageing process of a vehicle, natural wear and tear of its components will render the vehicle hazardous, due to the degradation of functionality due to continuous vehicle use over prolonged periods of time.
This is the reason why we send our car for regular maintenance, and it is important that such maintenance is performed by a certified professional that can ensure that all services, repairs are parts use conform to the manufacturer’s requirements.
Nevertheless, regular servicing and maintenance not do not fully guarantee safety during vehicle use – especially when the approach to maintenance is reactive, i.e. the vehicles are sent to repairs only when the symptoms of failure occur.
When our audio units, for example, stop working it is simple enough to get them repaired or replaced. However, what are the tell-tale signs that our brake pumps are about to fail? What if they fail when you are driving the car at high speed?
There are many other safety components in your car – those that must work when needed – that can fail without notice, including airbags, engine systems, vehicle welding points, chassis integrity, etc.
Service professionals at your authorized service outlet are trained to spot potential faults through visual or electronic inspections. However, with vehicle complexity increasing over the last few years, advance inspection systems are expected to be in higher demand in the near foreseeable future.
To enhance awareness and enhance avenues for vehicle inspection, MAI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AucNation Synergy to launch and introduce the Vehicle Inspection Management System (VIMS) to the Malaysian market.
VIMS is an advanced system that allows consumers to minimize the dangers of driving a car that is not roadworthy, posing dangers to the public, passengers and drivers themselves. VIMS evaluates up to 300 inspection points and simplifies the data into a rating system. The rating system can then be used to assess the roadworthiness of the car and as an additional benefit, allow used cars to be rated for better price adjustments during re-sale.
VIMS is developed by AucNation Synergy and AIS Japan, aims to educate consumers on the roadworthiness of used and reconditioned cars in Malaysia.
“VIMS aims to provide consumers a report on the quality and reliability of used and reconditioned cars”, said Nik Irfan bin Dato’ Nik Irzani, the Vice President of Business Development, VIMS.
The report comprise of both visual and diagnostic analysis, ranging from brake pads and lights to dents and post-accident damages. In turn, this provides specifics of the level of safety of the vehicle that is being inspected.
“We hope this collaboration will help consumers in guiding them to purchase roadworthy used-cars in Malaysia”, Nik Irfan stated.
The collaboration also opens up various job opportunities in the automotive industry and is a key factor in MAI’s role as an industry-mover. Nik Irfan explained, “The MAI Resource Center (MAIRC) in Bukit Beruntung provides facilities for hands-on training, housing 17 vehicles to perform inspection on, 1 classroom for teaching purposes and various vehicle parts for further practical lessons”.
For more information on VIMS, click here.