Category: Collision

DEG Estimating Tips

March 23rd, 2020 by

Estimating Tips Audatex: Frame Rack Equipment Set-up Times – Audatex DBRM Page 44, Section 4-2 states, “Setup of a vehicle on a frame machine, dedicated bench, or other measuring/straightening devices. Pulling time is not included (Standard Manual Entry M31 is available).“ Because of all the various types of equipment for repair vehicle structures, Audatex does […]

NHTSA Grants Low-Speed Driverless Delivery Vehicle Safety Exemption to Test Up to 5000 Vehicles on Public Roads

February 18th, 2020 by

Nuro plans to begin public testing in Houston, Texas within weeks. NHTSA announced February 6 that it granted Nuro’s request for a temporary exemption from some low-speed vehicle standard requirements. The exemption will allow the company to deploy up to 5,000 of its 2nd generation low-speed, occupantless electric delivery vehicle, the “R2.” Unlike a conventional […]

February DEG Estimating Tips

February 18th, 2020 by

Estimating Tips All Three Systems: Safety Inspections – Required inspections after a collision are manufacturer and vehicle specific down to the type of impact the vehicle has sustained. Information on what components need to be inspected and/or replaced after a collision can be found in all the OEM technical websites or using a 3rd party […]

DEG Update

January 30th, 2020 by

CCC: Included/Not Included Headliner Update – In November, CCC/MOTORS updated the “HEADLINER” section of the Guide to Estimating p pages specifically calling out “Interior lower moldings/trim” and “weatherstrip r/i” being NOT INCLUDED. Scenarios where this would apply are when the lower trims overlap the upper trims touching the headliner. Additionally, some surround weather strips around […]

Va. Governor Aims to Eliminate Vehicle Safety Inspections

January 30th, 2020 by

In his budget briefing, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam unveiled plans to eliminate the state’s motor vehicle safety inspection program. The ASA opposes the elimination of state vehicle safety inspections. Northam, however, would like to eliminate the vehicle safety inspection program and reduce vehicle registration fees by half. According to Northam, “data shows that there is […]

OEConnection Announces Agreements with Lexus North America and Gulf States Toyota

January 30th, 2020 by

Parts suppliers will use CollisionLink for collision repair parts marketing. OEConnection (OEC) today announced agreements with two collision repair parts suppliers to use the company’s marketing solutions. OEConnection logoOEC will provide Lexus, a division of Toyota Motor North America, Inc., (Lexus) with CollisionLink, the Lexus Collision Parts Marketing Program. CollisionLink enables the dealer network to […]

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 […]