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Which wheel alignment device is right for my vehicle workshop?

Chassis alignment is a fundamental service in the car workshop. Where previously pendulum devices were used, modern wheel alignment methods using laser, CCD or 3D technology have now become established. These modern measuring methods are much more precise and increase the quality and efficiency of the wheel alignment service. However, each wheel alignment method has advantages and disadvantages that you should be aware of before purchasing a wheel aligner. That's why in this post we'll take a look at the three most common types of wheel aligners: the laser wheel aligner, the CCD wheel aligner and the 3D wheel aligner.

Laser wheel aligner

A laser wheel aligner, for example our CL 20, uses laser technology to measure the axle geometry of a vehicle. This wheel alignment method is particularly valued for its easy handling and cost-effective purchase.

The main advantages of the laser wheel aligner include the low starting price. This makes the laser wheel aligner ideal for workshops with a limited budget. Another plus point is the low operating costs, as the device requires minimal maintenance and does not require any updates. In addition, the laser wheel alignment device can be flexibly adapted to different vehicle types, which significantly expands its possible uses in the workshop.

The laser wheel aligner is used for analog measurements. This results in the disadvantage that no digital documentation can be created. There is no possibility to save or print the measured data, which makes it difficult to trace and document the work carried out. In addition, the device is limited to wheel alignment of two wheels and does not support 4 wheel alignment. Another shortcoming is the lack of the ROC (rim runout compensation) function, which means that irregularities on the rims cannot be compensated for and the measurement accuracy is affected in certain situations.

CCD wheel aligner

CCD wheel aligners use highly developed camera technology to measure vehicle axles, thereby offering greater accuracy and flexibility compared to conventional methods. As an example, you can take a look at our 8-sensor wheel aligner CL 101-2S.

The advantages of CCD wheel aligners are numerous. One of the biggest advantages is their high flexibility, which allows them to be used in different workshops. These devices do not require a special platform and can easily be adapted to existing workshop conditions. Another outstanding feature is the true ROC (rim runout compensation), which ensures precise measurements despite possible rim irregularities. In addition, these devices can be easily combined with modern ADAS calibration systems, which makes them particularly future-proof. Another advantage is our rental measuring head system, which is available during repairs and minimizes downtime by enabling seamless continued work.

However, there are also a few disadvantages to this measurement method. On the one hand, the measuring electronics are located on the vehicle, which requires additional care during installation to avoid damage. A precise wheel holder is also necessary to position the sensors precisely and ensure correct measurements.

3D wheel aligner

3D wheel aligners, such as our AUTOSNAP 3D, represent the most modern technology for wheel alignment and are particularly suitable for precise applications. These devices offer several advantages that make them a preferred choice for certain workshops and vehicle types.

A key advantage of 3D wheel aligners is that no measuring electronics are mounted on the vehicle. This reduces the risk of damage and makes handling easier. These devices are also very suitable for sports suspensions and are therefore ideal for vehicles with special suspension settings. In addition, 3D wheel aligners are capable of rolling wheel hub imaging through dynamic measurements, which produces even more precise measurement results.

Despite the many advantages, this measurement method also has disadvantages. In contrast to the CCD wheel aligner, the 3D device requires a specially adapted work platform, which can mean additional investment and preparation. The devices are also more sensitive to external light. In order to obtain precise measurement results, the lighting conditions in the workshop must be regulated. Another disadvantage is that maintenance and repairs can only be carried out on site. Technical problems with the device can mean longer downtimes.


Choosing the right wheel aligner depends on your workshop's specific needs and budget. A laser wheel aligner is inexpensive and flexible, but is more suitable for basic applications. A CCD wheel aligner offers more precision and flexibility, but is more complex to use. A 3D wheel aligner is the most modern option and is ideal for specialized applications, but requires specialized equipment and is more sensitive to external influences.

Consider the advantages and disadvantages mentioned to select the optimal wheel aligner for your workshop. When making your choice, we recommend that you find the balance between cost, functionality and the specific needs of your customers.

A collage of three images shows various wheel alignment devices. On the left, the laser measuring head of a laser wheel alignment device is mounted on a tire. In the middle you can see the operating screen of a CCD wheel alignment device. The camera of a 3D wheel alignment device is shown on the right.

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