Service Center Standard and Procedures


All Iowa pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget essential steps. It is also how they can assure a predictable outcome.

That is why Ankeny and Johnston automotive service centers including All Pro Servicenter have procedural standards for each service they perform. All Pro Servicenter service advisors are trained step by step. And they perform the procedures step by step, the same way each time. By training to procedural standards, Iowa centers can assure a quality outcome. The job is done right every time and Ankeny drivers leave happy with how their sedan performs.

Each company trains its technicians to standards. The Iowa automotive industry as a whole is very committed to standards of excellence and encourages individual Iowa service center operators to apply them to every vehicle they service.

An example is how All Pro Servicenter service advisors grade problems and communicate their recommendations. If your service professional tells you that a repair or replacement is required it must meet the following criteria:

The part no longer performs its intended purpose
The part does not meet a design specification
The part is missing

The technician may suggest repair or replacement if:

The part is close to the end of its useful life – just above discard specifications or likely to fail soon
To address a customer need or request – like for better ride or increased performance
To comply with maintenance recommended by the auto manufacturer
Based on the technician’s informed experience

Here are some examples:

An exhaust pipe has rusted through and is leaking. Replacement is critical because the part has failed. If the pipe were rusted, corroded or weak, but not leaking, the technician may suggest it be replaced because it is near the end of its useful life and replacing it now may be more convenient for the Ankeny client.

Suppose a customer wants to improve his car’s handling, but his shocks haven’t failed. The tech may suggest replacement of the shocks to satisfy the customer’s wishes.

Under these guidelines the Ankeny car repair shop must refuse partial service of a required repair if the repair creates or continues an unsafe condition.

Let’s say a customer has a cracked brake rotor. This is a dangerous condition that must be repaired. If the customer does not want to replace the rotor, but instead just wants new brake pads installed, the shop must ethically refuse the partial repair. That can be an upsetting conversation, but understanding that Ankeny service centers operate under service standards and procedures is comforting. You want your service to be done right and to have confidence in your technician’s recommendations.

The Iowa automotive service industry and All Pro Servicenter want the best for you and for you to keep coming back. AutoNetTV is committed to providing automotive maintenance information to help you be confident in your service decisions.