Understanding Digital Vehicle Inspection (DVI) at Lonsdale Auto Works

Digital Vehicle Inspection at Lonsdale Auto Works in Lonsdale, MN. Image of of a master technician performing DVI on a white car for maintenance and repair services. In today’s automotive service industry, staying informed about the condition of your vehicle is more accessible and transparent than ever, thanks to Digital Vehicle Inspection (DVI) technology. At Lonsdale Auto Works in Lonsdale, MN, we utilize this advanced approach to keep our customers well-informed and involved in the maintenance and repair process.  This guide will explain the components of a DVI report, how to interpret these reports, and how they can help you make informed decisions about your vehicle’s maintenance and repairs.

What is a Digital Vehicle Inspection?

Digital Vehicle Inspection (DVI) is a tool that auto repair shops like Lonsdale Auto Works use to digitally document the condition of your vehicle. Through the use of photos, videos, and detailed technician notes, DVIs offer a transparent, comprehensive view of your vehicle’s health that is easy for vehicle owners to understand.

Components of a DVI Report

Photos and Videos 

At Lonsdale Auto Works, our DVIs include high-quality images and videos that capture various parts of your vehicle. This visual documentation helps to pinpoint concerns such as wear and tear, leaks, rust, or damage to components, providing undeniable evidence of the current state of your car.

Detailed Technician Notes 

Alongside visual evidence, our technicians provide detailed notes explaining the significance of their findings. These notes will often include recommendations for repairs or maintenance to ensure the longevity and safety of your vehicle.

How to Interpret DVI Reports

Assessing Urgency 

Each item in our DVI report is categorized by urgency—critical, cautionary, or for future observation. Critical issues require immediate attention to prevent further damage or for safety reasons; cautionary items are concerns that might need attention soon but are not immediate; items marked for future observation are noted to keep an eye on but do not currently impact the vehicle’s performance.

Understanding Recommendations 

For each issue identified during the inspection, our technicians will provide a clear and concise recommendation. Whether it’s a simple maintenance task, like an oil change, or more complex repairs, these recommendations are prioritized to help you plan your car care accordingly.

Benefits of Digital Vehicle Inspections

Enhanced Transparency 

DVI allows for greater transparency between the technician and the vehicle owner. By seeing what the mechanic sees, you can feel more confident in the recommended services and understand the necessity and timing for repairs.

Better Record Keeping 

Digital reports provide a searchable, digital record of your vehicle’s history. This can be incredibly beneficial for monitoring your car’s condition over time and can be a valuable resource when selling the vehicle or claiming warranties.

Improved Maintenance Planning 

With regular DVIs, you can plan better for future maintenance needs, budgeting both time and money more effectively.

FAQs About Digital Vehicle Inspections at Lonsdale Auto Works

How does a DVI differ from a traditional vehicle inspection?

Unlike traditional inspections that might only provide a checklist of checked items, a DVI provides a visually rich, detailed report. This digital format allows you to see what the technician sees, improving trust and understanding regarding vehicle maintenance needs and recommendations.

Can I view my vehicle’s DVI report remotely?

Yes, at Lonsdale Auto Works, we can send you your vehicle’s DVI report electronically. You can review your report at your convenience and contact us with any questions or to discuss recommended services.

How long does a DVI take?

The duration of a DVI can vary depending on the type of vehicle and the depth of inspection required. However, most inspections can be completed within the time frame of a standard service appointment. We strive to be thorough yet efficient to minimize any inconvenience to you.

Will I be able to discuss the DVI report with a technician?

Absolutely! We encourage you to discuss the DVI report with our technicians. This discussion can help you better understand the condition of your vehicle and make informed decisions about any recommended services.

Why Choose Lonsdale Auto Works for Your DVI?

Choosing Lonsdale Auto Works for your Digital Vehicle Inspections means choosing peace of mind. Our commitment to transparency, quality, and customer service ensures that you are well-informed about the health of your vehicle. Our modern tools and technology, combined with our expert team’s dedication, make us a trusted choice for “Digital Vehicle Inspection near me” in the Lonsdale area.

Ready to experience the benefits of DVI for yourself? Visit us at 616 Industrial Drive SE, Lonsdale, MN, call us at 507-744-3304, or schedule your appointment online. Let Lonsdale Auto Works help you maintain your vehicle efficiently and effectively with our comprehensive digital vehicle inspections.

KC Eyton


KC Eyton is our Light Duty Auto Technician where she serves in support for our other technicians and provides inspection, maintence and tire services and assists the front counter. KC has been with us since 2021.

Being an automotive technician at LAW has allowed me to learn & do what I’m passionate about. I enjoy the fast-paced environment filled with challenges & feeling a sense of accomplishment when I’ve used my knowledge & experience to solve an issue. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful people who care about my personal well-being & professional growth. I love how my boss Scott constantly believes in me. He pushes me to take on projects that I think are way beyond my abilities. I am so grateful for the mentorship & support. This truly creates a family environment where everyone is there for each other. I love my job!

Chris Waskosky


Chris Waskosky is a Master Auto Technician and has an extensive background in vehicle diagnostics, powertrain management systems and electronics. Chris joined our team in 2011. Chris has a lifetime of mechanical experience from vintage steam engines, to carburetors, to the latest in high-tech modern automobile systems.

Along with having a fun work environment, I enjoy a variety of jobs I can do. One vehicle may be an oil change, but the next vehicle may be using a lab scope to find a communication problem between computers. Every day brings new vehicles and new challenges.

Denise Davis

Service Manager

Service Manger, Denise Davis joined our team in 2018. Her experience in customer service, retail sales as well as store & employee management is extensive.

Denise has a great ability to transform the complexity of modern automobiles into easy to understand explanations that help bring comfort & confidence to our clients. Whether dealing with a simple oil change or a complete engine replacement, she will take the time to explain the issues in a manner that is understandable and she provides our clients with the information required to help them make an informed decision about their vehicle repairs. She is always willing to help with whatever questions & concerns you may have.

Scott Palava


Lonsdale Auto Works was founded in 2005 by owner, Scott Pelava.

As an ASE-Certified Master Auto Technician, Advanced Engine Performance Specialist, Undercar Specialist, and Service Consultant, he saw the need for a more modern auto service center in the fast growing community of Lonsdale. A strong background in domestic and import vehicles helped formed the vision of what Lonsdale Auto Works is today.

Starting with one apprentice, he built a reputation for quality service and fair pricing. As the need arose, additional technicians joined his team to keep up with our customers’ need for fast, quality service.

Scott is also very active in the community. He is currently in his fourth term as a Lonsdale City Council Member. He has held numerous leadership positions with the local Boy Scout Troop and at the District and Council levels. He is the Past President of the Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the Lonsdale Lions Club.

Scott has been recognized multiple times for his contributions to the auto repair industry. In 2017 he founded ASOG (Auto Shop Owners Group) in an effort to provide support to other repair shop owners. The organization has grown to the largest in the world. As a result, Scott was named in the Top 100 People in World the Automotive & Transportation as well as listed in the Marquis Who’s Who of Business in America.