Whether you call them fast track or express repairs, these small repairs could be the key to improving cycle time. Fast track repairs generally cost less than $1,500, which for most shops is commonly 45 percent to 50 percent of their business
In addition to including glass removal under preparation for repair, you should also think about pre-painting parts like core supports, hood hinges, rear body panels and even the underside of the roof if it was required in OEM procedures.
I have visited shops with full parking lots who think they are busy, but realistically, nothing is moving. The repairs are all scheduled, regardless if a technician is available to work on them, just because it is Monday.
At $113 per share, the transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, represents a premium of approximately 41% to Valspar's volume weighted average price for the 30 days up to and including March 18, 2016.
From the courtroom to the aluminum “clean room,” 2016 is shaping up to be another year of change and drama for the collision repair industry. New laws will go into effect, new vehicle technology will roll into shops and new insurer and vendor practices are expected to play a role in the day-to-day business of shops.
Lamborghinis and Ferraris include carbon fiber infrastructure, but most body shops are never going to see those cars in their bays. Now, however, Fiat Chrysler is adding a carbon fiber to its Alfa Romeo 4C, which will have an all-carbon fiber chassis. BMW's 7 series and the Corvette Z06 also have carbon fiber parts.
So, how do you return a damaged vehicle to its "as-built" condition? The answer is—"by using materials that are equivalent to the original manufacture." You can use repair seam sealers and foams that duplicate the look and performance of the original OEM products.
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