August DEG Estimating Tips

Estimating Tips     All Three Systems: Transfer of Studs, Brackets, Braces – Recent inquiry 14245 indicates that new replacement parts may not come supplied with the appropriate mounting studs, brackets or braces. Replacement labor for these parts is considered NOT INCLUDED unless specifically stated in the part footnote in the database.   CCC: Labor time

NHTSA must do more to hold companies accountable, update 5-star rating program

  Consumer Reports recently said that emails and other government documents released publicly for the first time show failures by Tesla regarding its safety claims and the performance of Autopilot, and the documents reveal that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) must do more to ensure investigations are transparent, and ensure companies communicate responsibly

Vehicle Data Toolkit

Vehicle Data Toolkit   Our industry is under threat. Vehicle manufacturers are trying to take control of vehicle data we need. They’re building cars that can wirelessly transmit data straight back to them — cutting out the automotive aftermarket. Repair and maintenance data is critical to doing our jobs. If vehicle manufacturers succeed in creating

State Legislative Update

State Legislative Update California – Assembly Bill 142 | This bill would increase the amount of the manufacturer lead-acid battery fee to $2, and enable the fee to continue indefinitely while providing funds for consumer education. Position: Neutral Status: The bill passed the Assembly as well as the Senate Environmental Quality and Appropriations Committees. Massachusetts –

Register Today for the 2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit

Register Today for the 2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit The Auto Care Legislative Summit, a biennial education and advocacy event in Washington, D.C., is taking place this September in conjunction with Auto Care Association Fall Leadership Days. Participants will meet with their members of Congress to educate them on the independent aftermarket and its most

Auto Care to Testify Before Federal Trade Commission on Repair Restrictions

Auto Care to Testify Before Federal Trade Commission on Repair Restrictions On Tuesday, July 16, Aaron Lowe, senior vice president, regulatory and government affairs participated in a public workshop in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and titled, “Nixing the Fix: A Workshop on Repair Restrictions.” During the session, the FTC will

BASF Supports Refinish Training Program at Guilford College in North Carolina

BASF announced its support for the automotive refinish training facility at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Greensboro, N.C. BASF supported the efforts to open the 29,000-square-foot training center on Guilford’s campus that continues to host classes each quarter, including R-M and Glasurit certification, buffing, and color matching. With three downdraft prep booths set up

DEG Estimating Tips

Audatex: Understanding Overlap – Page 38 of Audatex DBRM explains how overlap is applied. “There are two methods of overlap deduction. They are: Guide Number Order: This method will include an operation on the lowest guide number first and then not count it on any higher guide number. Internal Labor Coding: In this method, labor operations

IGONC Sponsors North Carolina Automotive Apprentice Program

Written by Chasidy Rae Sisk for Autobody News In an effort to reduce the tech shortage problem, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) is sponsoring the North Carolina Automotive Apprenticeship Program. Employers can participate at no cost and students can obtain a free education while earning wages at a part-time job. “The North