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Collision Claims Declined Over 35% in Second Quarter Compared to 2019

Coronavirus lockdowns in the U.S. dramatically impacted quarterly claims and losses in the first half of 2020. Earned car years, however, continued to grow. The latest available Fast Track Monitoring system data from the Independent Statistical Service Inc. (ISS) quantifies the historic impact of coronavirus lockdowns on private passenger collision claims and losses during the […]

What you need to know about PPP loan forgiveness

Since March, millions of small businesses have obtained forgivable loans through a key federal program to help meet payroll and other basic expenses. It’s been a life-saver for many of them during the economic meltdown caused by the pandemic. It has also helped millions of workers stay on the job with a steady paycheck. Now […]

Is your shop engaged with your community, especially the younger generation?

Article By: Stan Creech, Owner of Creech Import Repairs   Community involvement is always a win win for everyone. From youth sports team sponsorship, hosting car clinics, to partnering with local church and schools, the possibilities are endless. And with this Covid-19 new world we live in, there are more opportunities than ever before. Getting […]

Voters overwhelmingly back ‘Right to Repair’ ballot question, reject ranked-choice voting

“Right to Repair” supporters declared victory on Question 1.DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF/DAVID L RYAN, GLOBE STAFF   Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question Tuesday expanding the state’s “Right to Repair” law, a decision with potentially far-reaching ramifications in the automotive industry about who has access to the highly proprietary data being transmitted by cars. […]

Egg in Your Palm……

Article By: John Hill “Hold on like there is an egg between your palms and the grips”. “Don’t look where you are; look where you’re going”. These were the instructions from a British riding instructor who was with us on an adventure bike ride in Moab, Utah a few years back. We were all riding […]

Estimating Tip: CCC, Mitchell and Audatex: Rivnut, Rivstud, Nutsert and misc Attachment Hardware.

Some replacement panels may require additional mounting hardware for attached components. The labor and hardware cost to install these misc. fasteners to the replaced panel are NOT INCLUDED unless specified in the footnotes in the database. Some fasteners may require a specific tool outlined in the OEM service manual. This would be an on the […]

Estimating Tip: Audatex – Section 5-2 FAQ

In 2020 Audatex DBRM was updated with new FAQ (Frequently asked questions) regarding refinishing of the back side of replacement panels. Question: Does Audatex refinish times allow for refinishing the backside of the panels like fenders and quarter panels? Answer: The replacement refinish allowance for fenders and quarter panels does not account for refinishing the […]

CCC – Lowering Headliners for access

Recent DEG Inquiry 16791 addresses when an headliner “lowering” operation is included with another component labor operation time that “If the repair facility decided to remove the headliner rather than raise/re-lower, that would require an on the spot evaluation and manual line entry. MOTOR cannot predict how many times the shop would need to raise/lower […]

Audatex – Flex Additive Materials NOT INCLUDED

Some repairers may experience a bill payer stating that “Flex additive Materials are included in Audatex”. To clarify this topic, Audatex users should reference the following information in Audatex DBRM guide to clarify the following information on Flex Additive Materials: On Page 43 Section 4-2 Labor exclusions: “Refinish Materials are NOT INCLUDED in Audatex Refinish Labor Values” […]

The Ultimate Technician Pay Guide

Article from AutoFixSOS and also featured on Ratchet + Wrench This statement may or may not be too surprising, for the proof is in the industry’s staggering technician shortage, with some reports showing that, by 2026, the industry will be over 46,000 technicians short. But, there is one element that the former statistic proves: the […]