Insights & resources from Chief Technology.

Full Estimates vs. Supplements

Posted by Chief Technology on Dec 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

LASERLOCK_Cabinet_QTR_RT_open_drawersEstimates are a big part of the collision repair business. But how far do you need to go? Can you work from the insurer’s estimate and provide supplemental estimates as necessary? Or should you “start from scratch” and do a full estimate of your own before beginning? Like so many things in life, attempting to cut corners here can actually cost you in the long run. There may be times when working from the appraiser’s estimate will save you time, but usually there are bigger benefits to going the extra mile and writing your own, including: 

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement

Sneak peek: Chief University Design-Based Repair Course

Posted by Chief Technology on Dec 28, 2015 10:55:03 AM

To rebuild something correctly, you have to understand how it was put together in the first place. When it comes to vehicle design, that “put together in the first place” part can get pretty complicated. In order to truly understand how today’s vehicles are built, it pays to invest in auto tech training for your staff. Our Chief University Design-Based Repair course gives technicians the inside scoop with up-to-date information about the latest in vehicle design. It covers:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Training, Measurement

Accurate Repairs Start With Accurate Vehicle Repair Data

Posted by Chief Technology on Jun 22, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Everyone gets excited when you install a shiny new frame rack or trade an old welder for the latest high-powered, automatic model. But have you ever heard stories about techs celebrating renewed or updated vehicle repair data? Neither have we.

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Topics: Measurement