Category: Collision

December 2019 DEG Estimating Tip

December 13th, 2019 by

Estimating Tips Audatex: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Pages 153-157 of the Audatex DBRM Guide provides helpful information to commonly asked questions and provides scenarios and answers about the Audatex program. An example of a question answered in the Section 5-2: “Question: Does Flex Additive listed in the “Included Operations” include the cost of the […]

Mitchell Releases Fourth Quarter Industry Trends Report

December 13th, 2019 by

Mitchell Releases Fourth Quarter Industry Trends Report Mitchell International  released its Industry Trends Report (ITR) for the fourth quarter of 2019. Mitchell executives share insights on challenges and opportunities with emotion AI and claims; the impact of the increasing complexity and risks associated with repairing car windshields; and the important value of data and analytics for claims […]

DEG Estimating Tips

October 28th, 2019 by

All Three Systems: A/C Leak Test – Repairs involving air conditioning systems may need a leak test after the system has been recharged. The labor needed to perform a leak test using the various equipment available is NOT INCLUDED and would be an on-the-spot evaluation. Some testing kits may use a consumable product that must […]

NHTSA Will Propose Upgrades to Vehicle Crash Test and Rating Program Next Year

October 28th, 2019 by

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its plan to propose updates and upgrades to the New Car Assessment Program in 2020. “NCAP is celebrating its 40-year anniversary, and we’re proud that it continues to encourage automakers to invest in safety,” said NHTSA Acting Administrator James Owens. “NHTSA’s Government 5-Star Safety […]

U.S. Army and General Motors Collaborate on Automotive Cybersecurity

October 28th, 2019 by

Engineer exchange program focuses on vehicle penetration testing and risk analysis. The U.S. Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) and General Motors announced a new cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) which aims to strengthen GM’s and the Army’s automotive cybersecurity expertise over the next two years. This marks the first automotive cybersecurity partnership […]

August DEG Estimating Tips

August 12th, 2019 by

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 […]

BASF Supports Refinish Training Program at Guilford College in North Carolina

July 19th, 2019 by

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

July 19th, 2019 by

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 […]

TechForce Foundation to Benefit from Las Vegas Concours

July 19th, 2019 by

The Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance has named TechForce Foundation as the charity beneficiary of its Opening Night Gala on Friday, October 25, at the Keep Memories Alive event venue in downtown Las Vegas. This extravaganza will welcome hundreds of car enthusiasts and those who value and support technical education. The Gala will be part of […]

June DEG Estimating Tip

June 26th, 2019 by

Estimating Tip: CCC – Trunk / Lift Gate Weatherstrip Recent DEG inquiries 14234, 14151 and 14140 revealed database errors for trunk lid/ lift gate weatherstrip. Weatherstrip attached to the body of the vehicle is NOT INCLUDED in the replacement time of the trunk lid or lift gate section of the database unless specifically stated in […]