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Auto Body Repair Estimates Demystified – The five Most popular Items with a Repair Estimate

You have made a decision to have an estimate from your local body shop. Nowadays, most body shops use an automated estimating software to publish your estimate. If the shop you’ve chosen doesn’t work with a computer to write down your estimate that should be cause for concern. This is not meant being a jab at those long time owners and technicians and i’m not implying they may be “backward” or “luddites” or ignorant. Its more for accountability. Computerized software packages are now standard inside our industry and insures a more uniform, unbiased and accurate appraisal how many years things decide to use repair. For example, I had been actually talking to a store owner just a couple days ago who was remembering with fondness the nice old days while he would routinely get 15+ labor hours to repair frames on cars that nowadays he only gets 4-5 hours on. The reality is however that 4-5 will be the more accurate and fair rate (with regards to the job of course it can be approximately). And also since consumers and insurance firms are billed through the hours with an estimate that old era of falsely inflating hours are gone.

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When it comes to auto body repair almost all line items by using an estimate is going to be one among 5 things:

1. R & I. That is shorthand for “remove and install” and means to take something off your car or truck then to re-install it later. Parts that are not damaged might need to be temporarily removed to gain access to another part that’s damaged or more often therefore the panel it can be flourished of can painted properly. For instance, say your electric motor for your window reduces. The interior trim panel should be temporarily removed for to get into the motor to ascertain if it can be repaired (improbable!) or replaced. Or possibly a molding must be removed from your door before it is painted only to go back on later in the event the paint dries. One caution here’s if panels are painted and you are clearly not being charged for R & I a store could possibly be taping them up that may actually cause peeling or flaking months or years later. So expect if for example a headlight should be removed to effectively paint a fender. You should be more concerned if it is not. FYI: R & I times are usually set to industry standards by estimating software and are not discretionary.

2. Repair. Repair (aka ‘Rpr’) is regarded as the discretionary item by using an estimate and frequently just how long it requires to fix something will likely be underlined or asterisk-ed (*) to indicate this. That’s where a coverage adjuster might say a dent or dimple will need 3 hours to repair and a technician might say it will need 4. There is not any hard and fast rule here and this should be negotiated between insurance adjusters, shop estimators and possibly perhaps the technicians performing. My pops who’s been in the industry almost Four decades educated me in long ago a dent that’s regarding the size a gentleman’s fist must take about Three hours to correct. After that you can adjust up or prepared for various things like a body line that runs with the dent (add an hour) or the dent has no creases which is accessible internally and for that reason might be mostly popped out (subtract time). The main reason these times are so important is the fact that insurance companies are paying shops depending on the variety of hours about the estimate.

3. Replace. Replacing parts, sometimes shorthanded to ‘repl,’ isn’t a discretionary item by using an estimate and it is governed by industry standards or what shop folks call “book time.” If the book/software says it will require 3.5 hours to replace that bumper then it is exactly what the insurer will pay. Forget about with out less. It’s virtually standardized with only slight variations depending on which software is used after which it simply differs by almost no.

4. Sublet. Sometimes you can find things that a car repair shop will send to anyone else (typically an auto mechanic who protects more within the hood items) to perform and that is categorized as sublet. Popular things for shops to sublet out are air conditioner recharging and 4 wheel alignments when the suspension is broken. The key reason why this really is delivered typically could be that the equipment and space required for these operations usually are not cost effective for a shape shop. So when looking at deeper engine repair, oil and paint don’t mix! Oil and grease can quickly ruin a splash of paint. So, shops that say they are able to do “everything” typically can’t fit everything in well.

5. Miscellaneous. Under this category will go small charges like “hazardous waste removal” (about once a month we pay anyone to pick-up and eliminate our hazardous waste from the safest way you can) and “car cover overspray” which will pay for paper, tape and plastic to cover the vehicle throughout the painting process so paint over spray doesn’t go all around the windows or adjacent panels.

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