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Top 5 Blogs of 2017

Posted by Chief Technology on Dec 30, 2017 5:00:00 PM

top 5.pngWe work hard to keep you up on latest trends, tactics and equipement so your shop can run tip top. We undersatnd some blogs work better for you than others, so based on your enagement, here are the Top 5 from 2017.




Auto Body Repair Tips: Estimating Front-End DamageChief_Blog_003.jpg

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.



6 Tips for Quality Control in Collision Repair ShopsScreen_Shot_2016-09-30_at_11.06.59_AM.png

Spending a little time at the beginning of a job can save you a ton of time on the back end. That’s true in almost every profession. But it’s especially true in a collision repair shop.  



Frame Rack 101IMG_5090.jpg

So you are in the market for a frame rack. Let’s first review a couple terms, and ensure we are on the same page when discussing options. Some may think that a “frame rack” is a general term for all machines used to hold vehicles during repair, that is only partly true. A frame rack is primarily used while performing repairs on framed vehicles, such as trucks and large SUVs. Benches however, are designed more for unibody vehicles such as compact SUVs, sedans and sports cars.


4 Things Your Shop Can Expect in 2017Chief-Alignment-Family-background.jpg

With the still looming deadlines of the 2025 CAFÉ standard, auto manufacturers will be picking up the pace to try and meet the stringent requirements. This means an increase in high strength metals and alloys, smaller motors, and an overall change in vehicle design. Couple the CAFÉ standards with an increased emphasis on safety and the addition of high-end electronics and you can bet that there will be some changes coming to your shop in 2017. Keeping on top of these changes, means preparing not only your shop but your employees. Here are four things you can expect to see in 2017:

Improve Structural Repair Cycle Times with BlueprintingBlueprintingBlogGraphic.png

As an owner or manager of a collision repair shop, profitability and cycle times are always front of mind. One of the biggest things you can do to improve shop efficiency is to fully map out the structural repair process. But repairers commonly overlook this phase, called blueprinting. It’s a critical step that helps ensure quality repairs, and it’s worth exploring. 




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