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The Best Body Shops' Tips

 

With nearly 23 million vehicles involved in accidents annually---a statistic that is trending upward, according to Vincent Romans, The Romans Group---body shops across the country are being faced with deciding if they should repair or replace non-structural components during the repair process. 

 

Collision repair facilities can typically increase profits by raising prices and/or working to become more efficient, according to Mark Olson, CEO of VECO Experts (Vehicle Collision Experts, LLC). 

Just over 60 years ago, Jack Taylor founded Enterprise Rent-A-Car in St. Louis, Missouri.

Keith Manich of the Automotive Training Institute (ATI) said collision repairers tell him on a regular basis that they often hear the word “no” when asking to be paid for required procedures associated with the repair plan, and that they “feel intimidated.”

By implementing the blueprinting process, collision repairers are finding that hidden damage can often be uncovered before the vehicle is repaired. 

When Mike Davidson started his first day on the job at a car dealership in Arkansas, the business owner asked him to stand aside and watch him fully detail a GMC S15 pickup truck. 

When John Shoemaker asks collision repair shops across the country about their financial goals, he is often told, “I’m going to increase company sales 10 percent.” 

One of the many important steps in the claims handling process, according to Mike Cassata, owner of Hammer Insights, is proper photo and file documentation. 

Estimating is often said to be one of the most important components of running a successful body shop.

More than 20 years ago, auto body shops routinely ordered individual paint colors from a paint distributor to repair vehicles.

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