Estimate Tips

Estimating Tip: Mitchell – Additional related refinish material calculations

Auto Paint Materials Calculation:

  • De-nib & Finesse, Finish Sand and Buff and Mask for Overspray, while coming on the estimate as a “Refinish” Labor Type, do not contribute to the materials calculation when using the “Rates” method.
  • While those operations use materials, it is not at the same cost level of primers, hardeners, paint etc… as are applied automatically within UltraMate for core refinish operations.

There are two paths available to the estimator for the application of additional related material costs, as needed:

  1. Refinish Materials Calculator (RMC) product provides a separate dollar amount for De-nib & Finesse or Finish Sand and Buff.
  • This product is available as a stand-alone or as a Value-Added Feature capability that can be enabled within UltraMate.

+ RMC will also be an available option in Cloud Estimating (MCE) in the future.

  1. These costs may also be added as manual line/s and/or Reference Sheet “Additional Costs & Materials” entries.

Estimating Tip: CCC – Air Conditioner Maintenance

CCC/MOTORS has confirmed on majority of vehicles utilizing CCC/MOTORS has confirmed on majority of vehicles utilizing R1234YF AC Systems that 1.4 hours Evacuate and Recharge + .4 hours Refrigerant recovery labor is sufficient.

According to the “Guide To Estimating: AIR CONDITIONER”, “LABOR TIME DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Cost of refrigerant & oil. or Test for leaks”.
    • The maintenance and cost of the A/C machine are not included in the estimated labor time.

Estimating Tip: CCC, Audatex, Mitchell – Welding equipment set up/ Test Weld

Some OEM repair procedures may indicate various welding techniques in different areas of the repair for a single component. Examples may include a single or combination of STRSW, MAG, MIG or CuSi Braze welding. Consideration to set up and perform a destructive test weld on a single types of weld or multiple weld type may NOT be included in published labor times.

CCC/MOTORS Labor Time premise states: “Welder set-up or preparation” is NOT INCLUDED

Audatex DBRM Page 44 Section 4-2 Labor Exclusions “Setup of welding equipment, welding materials and/or test welding “

Recent Mitchell Inquiry 15359 states “We do not provide information regarding the performance of destructive weld testing. This will be reviewed for consideration in future Procedure Page updates.”

Estimating Tip: CCC, Mitchell and Audatex: Steering Column Inspection

CCC: Many vehicle manufacturers use collapsible steering columns to absorb energy sustained from a collision impact. These columns should be inspected for proper length, binding and deformation among other specific considerations. Failure to do so may prevent proper operation of steering column and/or air bag deployment. MOTOR recommends following vehicle manufacturer’s guidelines for inspection and replacement of these components.

Audatex: Inquiry 15922 on a Subaru states “The Audatex labor allowance does not provide time to perform an inspection for the STEERING COLUMN”

Mitchell: Inquiry 15921 “Mitchell does not develop or publish labor allowances for Steering Column inspection. Please reference Air Bag/SRS Component Inspection and Replacement Tables.”

Some OEM procedures may require the steering column to be removed from the vehicle for measuring and inspection. This process may not be included published R/I times. Please reference the OEM information regarding removal, measurements and one time use hardware.

“Mitchell does not develop or publish labor allowances for Steering Column inspection. Please reference Air Bag/SRS Component Inspection and Replacement Tables.”

Some OEM procedures may require the steering column to be removed from the vehicle for measuring and inspection. This process may not be included published R/I times. Please reference the OEM information regarding removal, measurements and one time use hardware.