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 door openings may be overlapped with additional trims to gain access to the upper trims touching the headliner. This would be NOT INCLUDED as per the GTE.
Lastly, H notes/footnotes of specific operations would take precedence over the GTE pages.
CCC: Filling Additional Fluids in Cooling System – Some radiators/condensers have built-in cooling systems for transmissions and power steering systems.
Labor to replace these cooling units (radiators/condensers) does not include any additional labor that may be needed to fill additional fluids (transmission/power steering/oils) when being R/I or R/R.
Fluid cost is NOT INCLUDED in CCC labor values.
Audatex: E-coat (protective coating) Removal on New Replacement Parts – Removing e-coat (protective coatings) from replacement panels prior to welding, bonding or riveting processes is NOT INCLUDED per Audatex DBRM Section 4-2, page 44. The labor to remove any coatings required by the OEM prior to installing the replacement part will require an on-the-spot evaluation.
Material/supplies used to remove coatings is NOT included in any Audatex labor times.
All Three Systems: Selecting Correct Paint Process Type – CCC, Mitchell and Audatex may suggest a certain paint code to be a single stage, base coat/clear coat or three stage based on major paint manufacturer suggestions. Ultimately, the type of paint process and paint product used at the repair level needs to be accurately selected from the database for the system to accurately reflect correct labor and material calculations.
Mitchell responded on prior inquiry 15299 “We have seen cases where a specific paint supplier may recommend a unique process for a certain color formulation. Therefore, legitimate considerations can exist on a case-by-case basis for certain colors. Depending on the paint system used, a 3-stage formula may be available. In these instances, it is our recommendation to defer to the formula for the paint system being used.”
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.