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17 Mar 2016



You have chose to receive an estimate from your local shop. Currently, most body shops use a computerized estimating software to write down your estimate. If the shop you've chosen won't use a computer to publish your estimate that you should reason to be concerned. This isn't meant as being a jab at those number of years owners and technicians and I am not implying they may be "backward" or "luddites" or ignorant. Its more for accountability. Computerized software packages are now standard in our industry and insures a much more uniform, unbiased and accurate appraisal how long things decide to try repair. As an illustration, I was talking to a shop owner a few days ago who had previously been remembering with fondness the nice old days whilst would routinely get 15+ labor hours to correct frames on cars that nowadays he only gets 4-5 hours on. The truth is however that 4-5 may be the more accurate and fair rate (with respect to the job obviously maybe it's more or less). And since consumers and insurance agencies are billed through the hours with an estimate the previous times of falsely inflating hours have died.

With regards to auto body repair most line items by using an estimate is going to be among 5 things:

1. R & I. This is shorthand for "remove and install" and ways to take something off your car then to re-install it later. Parts that are not damaged should be temporarily removed to access another part that has been damaged or even more often and so the panel it's flourished of can painted properly. As an example, say your motor unit for the window stops working. The inside trim panel will have to be temporarily removed for to view the motor to find out if it can be repaired (not likely!) or replaced. Or possibly a molding must be taken out of you before it is painted and then be put back on later if the paint dries. One caution here's that if panels are painted and you're not being charged for R & I a shop could possibly be taping them up that may actually cause peeling or flaking years later. So expect if for instance a headlight needs to be removed to paint a fender. You ought to sometimes be more concerned if it is not. FYI: R & I times are generally set to industry standards by estimating software and are not discretionary.

2. Repair. Repair (aka 'Rpr') is among the most discretionary item by using an estimate and frequently how much time it will require to mend something will probably be underlined or asterisk-ed (*) to suggest this. This is where protection adjuster might say a dent or dimple will need 3 hours to repair along with a technician might voice it out will require 4. There's no hard and fast rule here and also this must be negotiated between insurance adjusters, shop estimators and perchance even the technicians performing. My dad who's been in the market almost Forty years taught me years ago that the dent which can be regarding the sized a guys fist must take about 3 hours to correct. From that point you are able to adjust up or accomplished for various things like a body line that runs with the dent (add one hour) or perhaps the dent doesn't have any creases which is accessible from the inside of and for that reason could be mostly popped out (subtract time). The main reason these times are very important is that insurance firms are paying shops depending on the amount of hours for the estimate.

3. Replace. Replacing parts, sometimes shorthanded to 'repl,' is very little discretionary item while on an estimate and it is governed by industry standards or what shop folks call "book time." If your book/software says it takes 3.5 hours to exchange that bumper then it is exactly what the insurer will probably pay. No more with out less. It can be pretty well standardized with only slight variations depending on which software programs are used and then it simply differs by almost no.

4. Sublet. Sometimes you will find things that an auto repair service will point to a person else (typically a mechanic who manages more within the hood items) to execute and this is categorized as sublet. Popular things for shops to sublet out are air conditioning equipment recharging and 4 wheel alignments if the suspension is damaged. The key reason why this can be mailed typically would be that the equipment and space required for these operations aren't cost effective for a body shop. And when you are looking for deeper engine repair, oil and paint don't mix! Oil and grease can rapidly ruin a splash of paint. So, shops that say they could do "everything" typically can't try everything well.

5. Miscellaneous. Under this category will go small charges like "hazardous waste removal" (about every month we pay a person to get and dump our hazardous waste in the safest possible way) and "car pay for overspray" which covers paper, tape and plastic to pay the vehicle through the painting process so paint over spray doesn't go all over the windows or adjacent panels.


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