You’ve heard me harp over and over about the need to perform a safety inspection on every car you touch for a number of reasons. You owe it to your customer because he or she is depending on your knowledge to keep their family in a safely operating vehicle.
I was recently called to two different shops working on vehicles that would not start after being involved in accidents. It is not uncommon for this to happen, especially if there has been damage to wiring harnesses or possible blown fuses that would render certain operating systems that are vital to cranking or starting a vehicle inoperable.
What does an acceptable repair consist of? That depends on what is being repaired. Who makes the repair rules, and who is performing the repair. Who performs the wiring repairs in the shop you work at? What is their background? Are they a mechanical technician or a body technician?
These sessions will feature content in a variety of the most relevant topics in the collision repair industry, offering attendees countless opportunities to become more knowledgeable business owners moving forward.
I was called to a body shop with a hard start and CEL lamp illumination on a 2013 Toyota Sienna with a 3.5 Liter engine that was recently involved in a rear-end collision. The vehicle had been in the shop for quite a while due to extensive repairs.
At MACS 2018 we learned a lot about what’s going on in the industry, some changes that are taking place, and even about where the industry might be headed in the near future. Here’s a recap of just a few topics we discussed at the event.
We begin the saga at Assured Autoworks in Melbourne, Fla. This reputable shop is owned and run by my good buddy, Brin Kline. Like many times before, he acquired the subject of this month's article as a “tow-in” from another local shop.
New EPA regulations will require new vehicles offered for sale starting in the 2021 MY to use a refrigerant other than R134a. OEMs have also been incentivized to use these alternatives before the phase-out deadline as they can earn emissions credits by making the change early.
The future shop, with an efficiently implemented linear remanufacturing model, will achieve touch time approaching 100 percent, as someone is always on a vehicle, as opposed to one technician having to dance around several cars at a time.
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