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David Luehr

David Luehr

David Luehr is the owner of Elite Body Shop Solutions, LLC a collision business consulting firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a 30-year veteran of the collision repair industry and has served on several industry association boards across the USA as well as leadership positions with companies such as Manheim and ABRA. David is an expert in Body Shop Operations and specializes in Lean and Theory of Constraints methods. Email him at 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 23:10

Automobile Technology Now and in the Future

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What would happen to the collision repair industry if automobile collisions no longer happened?

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 20:04

The Simple Rule on Pre-ordering Parts

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There are numerous philosophies in our industry on the subject of pre-ordering parts.

Thursday, 13 October 2016 21:42

The Art of Business

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I grew up in a family of artists. Not always the kind of people that come to mind when thinking of the dog-eat-dog business world. As a young man, my own artistic expression found its way into the automotive repair business as an automotive painter.

Thursday, 08 September 2016 21:52

4 Attributes of A Successful CEO

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In a business such as collision repair that is notoriously difficult to manage, a successful leader must have a firm grasp on their time management. With so many distractions every day, a laser focus on completing important tasks that will move the company in the right direction is critical.

Thursday, 14 July 2016 18:00

The Fastest Shops in the World!

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Even with loads of lean information being thrust at us for over two decades, our collision repair industry’s average cycle time is still hovering at just over ten days. This is just the average; some shops are running at close to 15 days or more while a small handful of innovative thinkers are able to produce repairs in only four days on average.

Monday, 27 June 2016 18:47

Lean Problem Solving

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For just a moment I would like you to imagine a world where finding problems is considered a good thing. I know this may sound strange, but it is exactly the behavior that is encouraged by companies that have adopted lean thinking.

Friday, 13 May 2016 20:10

Quality Control in 6 Easy Steps

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With increased pressure for improved quality from both the consumer and insurance partners, systems must be put in place to ensure a higher quality standard.

Saturday, 05 March 2016 00:10

How to Hold People Accountable

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There is a lot to know about motivating and keeping an engaged work force.

Here are some tips that will get you started in the right direction and keep your team doing the right things in order to win:

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 20:05

Why Winners Win (Deliberate Practice)

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There are two traits that I most commonly witness amongst the most successful collision business leaders I work with. First they tend to work with a coach or mentor and secondly they engage in what is called deliberate practice.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 00:03

A Secret to Success – Dealing with Fear

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I find it interesting that after years of being labeled as the “Lean Process Guy” you less frequently see articles by me on the subject of “Lean” as of late. It is not that I don’t still enjoy Lean and Theory of Constraints, in fact I can still “geek out” and talk about it for hours. The fact is, is that I created my business to help collision repairers not only survive in these challenging times, but to thrive, and right now what shops need even more than process methodologies is to learn to get out of their own way!

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