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What you need to know about frame machines.

Posted by Chief Technology on Oct 4, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Body shops should choose repair equipment as if their business depends on it – because it does. Your shop is only as good as the services you provide, and choosing great equipment means you’ll provide great service. Make the right frame machine selection and your reputation will grow and your customer base will follow suit.

When it comes to collision repair, great service boils down to three key things:

  1. repair quality
  2. estimate accuracy
  3. speed of repairs

Let’s take a closer look at those areas and explore how the frame machine you use affects each one.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, MSO

The Repair Tools You Need to Save Time

Posted by Chief Technology on Sep 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Body shops live and die by cycle times. It’s a basic fact of business that you need to get each vehicle in and out as efficiently as possible. Customers want repairs done quickly and correctly – you and your techs both know that. So what can you do to make it happen? Of course having a knowledgeable staff is a must. And setting them up with the tools for success is just as important. Here are three body shop repair tools that can help cut cycle times:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools

Tips for Hiring the Right Auto Body Technicians

Posted by Chief Technology on Sep 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Hiring the right auto body technicians for your shop can be a challenge. The candidate list seems short to begin with, since there's a shortage of technicians out there. Plus, you need to make sure that the person you're hiring is skilled enough to do the work to your standards and has the right attitude to fit in with your shop. 

So how do you do it? Hiring the right techs requires a two-pronged approach:

First, attract great prospects.

Second, pick the right one.

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Topics: Training

Shop Basics: Auto Body Spot Welders

Posted by Chief Technology on Sep 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Before you start shopping for a spot welder, you need to be sure that you understand the basics of how they work and why certain features are important. After all, spot welders are a vital part of today’s body shop arsenal. Here’s what you need to know about spot welders.

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Topics: Shop Tools

How to Recruit the Next Generation of Auto Techs

Posted by Chief Technology on Aug 30, 2018 10:28:28 AM

Recruiting and hiring can be a challenge, but whether you need to fill an open position asap or you're experiencing steady growth, finding the right person is essential to your shop's success. Sometimes that means finding someone with a specific skillset or talent. Other times, you just need someone who embodies a certain work ethic or attitude.

No matter what you need, recruiting the next generation of techs may require a different approach than what you're used to. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Topics: Training

Buying Body Shop Equipment is Easier with a Partner

Posted by Chief Technology on Aug 20, 2018 3:34:00 PM

If you’re a shop manager, you know that it takes a lot of effort to keep your technicians set up with the best body shop equipment, but it’s an essential task. After all, those tools are vital for keeping your business chugging along. Knowing this is a major undertaking, it’s smart to think about ways to make the process simpler. One easy-to-implement option is to find an equipment supplier you trust, build a relationship and then use them as both a product source and a partner.

Here’s what to expect from a single-source equipment supplier and partner:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Aluminum Welders 101: Brush Up On the Basics

Posted by Chief Technology on Jul 30, 2018 2:15:00 PM

Today’s vehicles are designed to be lighter and more efficient with handling bigger loads, and the tools needed to repair these vehicles are more advanced and specialized than ever.

Not sure what you need? Chief has all the tools you need to repair aluminum vehicles. Here’s what you need to know about aluminum—and what you’ll need to look for when choosing equipment to repair vehicles both correctly and efficiently.

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Topics: Welding

Tech Tips: Using a Frame Rack to Pull Multiple Points at Once

Posted by Chief Technology on Jul 27, 2018 1:57:00 PM

Today’s cars and trucks are built to exact specifications, and they require precise repairs. In order to reverse the forces involved in a collision and properly return the vehicle to OEM specs, you may have to pull a frame in multiple strategic locations simultaneously. This is known as “multi-point pulling.” Here are some tips on how to use your frame-straightening equipment to execute a proper multi-point pull:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Tech Tips: Estimating Front-End Damage

Posted by Chief Technology on Jun 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Front-end damage is one of the most common reasons people bring their vehicles to an auto body repair shop. It can be caused by everything from tapping a parking garage wall to a serious head-on collision.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Keep it Running: Maintaining Your Meridian™ System

Posted by Chief Technology on Jun 19, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Once you decide to invest in Chief’s Meridian™ Live Mapping™ System, you’ll want to do everything you can to make it run smoothly. That way, it can help you blueprint those repairs and complete them accurately. Here’s how to keep it in tip-top shape.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement