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A Comprehensive Guide to GRP: Maximising Diagnostic Report Management in Your Workshop

A Comprehensive Guide to GRP: Maximising Diagnostic Report Management in Your Workshop


Effective administration of diagnostic reports is essential for upholding a high level of service and guaranteeing client satisfaction in vehicle diagnostics and repair. One tool that has garnered attention among professionals is GRP. Many Jaltest users have encountered GRP primarily to save diagnostic reports post-vehicle analysis. However, its capabilities extend far beyond mere report storage. It embodies a comprehensive system for documenting the entire repair and diagnostic process.

This guide delves into what GRP stands for, its underestimated features, and how it can transform your workshop’s operations, including a step on how to personalise your reports with your workshop’s logo.

What Does GRP Stand For?

GRP stands for Garage Resource Planning. It is an integrated software solution designed to streamline and enhance the workflow within automotive repair workshops. GRP facilitates the systematic documentation of the entire vehicle repair and diagnostic journey. From the initial fault detection to the final repair, GRP ensures that every step is recorded, analysed, and archived for future reference.

Beyond Saving Diagnostic Reports: The Untapped Potential of GRP

Many Jaltest users are familiar with GRP’s primary function of saving diagnostic reports after diagnosing a vehicle. However, what may not be widely known is its capability to document the entire repair and diagnosing process comprehensively. 

Here’s a closer look at the features that set GRP apart:

  • Comprehensive Documentation: GRP allows you to record every detail of the diagnostic and repair process. This includes the faults discovered, the diagnostic tests conducted (complete with SMART guides), the repair actions undertaken, and the duration of these repairs.
  • Enhanced Transparency: GRP provides tangible proof of the work performed on a vehicle by meticulously documenting the repair process. This transparency is invaluable when validating the service provided to a client, ensuring a clear understanding and agreement on the work done.
  • Efficiency and Productivity: With GRP, workshops can significantly improve operational efficiency. The tool’s ability to streamline the documentation process means that technicians spend less time on paperwork and more on what they do best – diagnosing and fixing vehicles.
  • SMART Guides: A notable feature within GRP is the inclusion of SMART guides. These guides offer step-by-step instructions for diagnostic tests, making it easier for technicians to follow best practices and ensure accurate results. GRP now records what tests have been performed using SMART guides so that it documents the complete process of diagnosing an issue.
  • Add Additional Non-Workshop Based Members: With GRP, you can add other members of your organisation even if they’re not in the workshop. All they have to do is install GRP on their PC (by contacting our technical support team who will set it up) and then they can access all diagnostic reports in that organisation. You can even set it up so it automatically sends, for example, a workshop manager an email as the report is generated.

Personalising GRP Reports with Your Logo

Adding a personal touch to your GRP reports can enhance your workshop’s professionalism and brand recognition. To incorporate your logo into GRP reports, follow these steps:

  1. Access GRP Settings: Navigate to your GRP software’s settings or preferences section. This area allows you to customise various aspects of the software, including report templates.
  2. Upload Your Logo: Look for the option to add or change the report logo. This will typically involve selecting an “Upload Logo” button or similar. Choose your workshop’s logo file from your computer – ensure the logo is in an acceptable format (e.g., .jpg, .png) and resolution for best results.
  3. Adjust Logo Placement and Size: Once uploaded, you can adjust the logo’s placement and size within the report template. Ensure that it’s prominently displayed without overshadowing the report’s content.
  4. Save Changes: After making the adjustments, save your changes. Previewing a report to ensure the logo appears as intended is a good idea.
  5. Generate Reports: With your logo added, all future GRP reports generated will feature your workshop’s branding, presenting a cohesive and professional image to your clients.


GRP is more than just a tool for saving diagnostic reports; it’s a comprehensive solution designed to elevate the efficiency and transparency of automotive workshops’ repair and vehicle diagnostic process. Workshops can significantly enhance service quality and customer satisfaction by leveraging its full capabilities, including SMART guides and personalised reporting. Understanding and utilising GRP to its fullest potential is a game-changer for Jaltest users and the automotive repair industry.

Learn more by contacting the team at Eclipse Automotive Technology.

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