DEG Estimating Tips

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 not provide a labor value for equipment set up/anchoring and measuring. This would be an on-the-spot evaluation depending on the type of equipment that is used.

Final DEG Note: It is important to follow OEM procedures to ensure proper tooling is being used to repair vehicles back to OEM specifications.

CCC: Nameplate Template Fabricating – Recent DEG INQUIRY 15563 response from MOTORS indicates during replacement of a nameplate/emblem “After review of the concern, creating templates is NOT INCLUDED in estimated work times.”

DEG also points out that “Material cost used to create a template is NOT INCLUDED in labor times.”

Lastly, per CCC/MOTORS GTE P Pages, the labor time for Nameplates, Emblems and Adhesive- backed Moldings are for INSTALLATION ONLY. Removal of the molding and cleaning adhesive left behind is NOT INCLUDED in R/R Time.

Audatex: Drain, Refill and/or Top off Windshield Washer Fluid – Recent updates to Audatex DBRM Section 4-2 Labor Exclusions added “Drain, Refill and/or Top off Windshield Washer Fluid” as NOT INCLUDED in published labor time.
R/I or R/R time for windshield washer reservoir does NOT include to drain or fill the washer fluid.
Washer fluid/additives or disposal fees to drain/fill the tank is NOT INCLUDED in labor times.

CCC: Full Weatherstrip R/I Not Included in Rocker Replacement – Recent Inquiry 15607 found a database logic error regarding the body weatherstrip showing as included in the rocker panel replacement section. The MOTORS GTE P pages clearly states that, “Weatherstrip pull back” is included. When selecting full R/I, the labor defaults to included.
End users would need to make manual line changes when performing a FULL R&I. Confirmed statements from CCC/MOTORS discuss this issue on inquiry 15607 due to logic of rocker and center pillar parts.

You can view these tips and others on the DEG website by visiting: www.degweb.org

The estimating databases are all intended to be used as a GUIDE ONLY – it is important to remember
that the auto body professional performing the repair is in a position to thoroughly inspect, diagnose and identify
the methodology and their unique cost of the vehicle damage repair.