NASTF Update with Donny Seyfer [RR 637]

Donny Seyfer. AMAM, the executive officer of NASTF (National Automotive Service Task Force)

Donny spent years as co-owner of Seyfer Automotive, in Wheat Ridge, CO as a 3rd generation owner, and has over 30 years of automotive experience as a technician, manager and service consultant. His Dad started in 1961 and his grandfather was building race cars before that. Donny is past chairman of ASA and serves on many industry boards and committees. Listen to Donny’s previous episodes HERE.

The National Automotive Service Task Force, NASTF, is a cooperative effort among the automotive service industry, the equipment and tool industry and automotive manufacturers.

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Key talking points

  • NASTFChanging operational strategy
  • Tight, secure, proven- creating methodology
  • Giving technicians access
  • Get cars repaired- the owner of the vehicle is a mutual customer between manufacturers and aftermarket
  • SDRM- secure data release model available to the aftermarket- access to immobilizer, pin codes, radio codes and keycodes when needed for repair
  • The requirement for VSP (vehicle security profession): Commercial general liability
  • Technicians have to be covered by insurance and have a business involved
  • Holding technicians accountable for their skillset   Proof of employment, federal employer ID for business and driver’s license- all publically available information
  • Assisted Immobilizer Reprogramming- soft launch access vehicle over the internet around 250,000 shops and 750 mobile diagnosticians in US
  • Collectively 25% have capabilities and equipped to do so
  • Stopgap as more technicians become IT capable
  • Capabilities for mobile diagnosticians to legally and securely connect to vehicles remotely without having to be there
  • Right to repair- everyone has access but how efficient is it? Certain skills and cost of entry to do some limited operations have outrun industry
  • How do you rationalize spending $8,500 on a scan tool you’ll only use once a year?
  • NASTF went live with the program with 2 remote companies who have their licensing in place and one mobile company that was willing to work through the details with us.
  • Licensing of the software- NASTF has already had 4 meetings with automakers, mobile techs, and remote companies to gain an understanding of the needs and requirements


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