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4 Things Your Shop Can Expect in 2017

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 9, 2017 2:15:38 PM

With the still looming deadlines of the 2025 CAFÉ standard, auto manufacturers will be picking up the pace to try and meet the stringent requirements. This means an increase in high strength metals and alloys, smaller motors, and an overall change in vehicle design. Couple the CAFÉ standards with an increased emphasis on safety and the addition of high-end electronics and you can bet that there will be some changes coming to your shop in 2017. Keeping on top of these changes, means preparing not only your shop but your employees. Here are four things you can expect to see in 2017:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Welding, Training, Aluminum

Top Blogs of 2016

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 31, 2016 7:11:05 PM

Annnnd it's gone! The past year came and went, and if you're like us, you will spend the next 8 months trying to discreetly change that 6 into 7 when you write a check.(those of us that still write checks) 2016 was a big year for Chief, and the Collisionology Blog, so let's take a look back at the blogs of 2016 that you thought were the best.

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Topics: Shop Tools

Five things to consider before buying body shop equipment for 2017

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 31, 2016 8:06:00 AM

What can make the New Year even happier? Getting some sweet new equipment in your shop to increase your productivity and your revenue. But here’s the thing: Without the proper preparation and budgeting, new equipment purchases can easily become a burden both financially and in terms of your physical space.

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Topics: Shop Tools

2016 Year in Review

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 21, 2016 3:26:14 PM

The end of 2016 is near, and it seems like just yesterday we were all eagerly awaiting the ball to drop for 2015. The presidential election was the news juggernaut and caused many to shut themselves off from the world completely. However, when it comes to the world of auto collision, election year or no, there is always a great deal of change.

At Chief we continue to update our products to help keep your shop on the cutting edge of productivity.. We have been busy over the past year releasing several new products to our portfolio, so in case you missed them, here is a quick 2016 product wrap up:

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Topics: Shop Tools

Start 2017 off right. Plan for your shop’s equipment purchases.

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 13, 2016 8:05:00 AM

What can make the New Year even happier? Getting some sweet new equipment in your shop to increase your productivity and your revenue. But here’s the thing: Without the proper preparation and budgeting, new equipment purchases can easily become a burden both financially and in terms of your physical space.

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Topics: Shop Tools, MSO

Power Behind the Pull-Bryan Brown

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 1, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Metal working is one of the world’s oldest professions. A blacksmith has always been one of the most skilled craftsman throughout the ages. They relied on primitive tools like hammers and fire to shape and meld metals. Fast forward to present time and those that work with metals are still very skilled, however their tools are anything but primitive. Many of the tools used in metal working today are cutting edge and constantly evolving, with welders being no exception.

With today’s welders looking more like something out of the Starship Enterprise than a body shop, it is difficult to keep up with all the changes and technologies. At Chief, Bryan Brown is the resident welder “guru” and is the go-to guy for all metal joining questions. Bryan works with a stellar team to keep our customer’s equipment running smooth and efficiently. So let’s take a few minutes to meet the guy that helps keep your shop from having a “melt” down. (okay, we are reaching on that pun)   

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Topics: Power Behind the Pull

Chief Frame Rack Accessories Add Versatility

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 30, 2016 7:00:00 PM

If you’re in charge of the budget at your collision repair shop, you probably meet most requests for new equipment with a few questions of your own. You might try to gauge the ROI of the purchase or determine how often techs will use it, for instance. And you might ask, “Can we upgrade what we have instead?”

The right accessories can help you save money by doing more with tools already in your shop. For example, if you have a frame rack, our structural holding packages can help you properly secure, pull and handle a wider range of vehicles. That means more jobs and more revenue. Wondering if it’s right for you? Here’s a look at how these add-ons work. 

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Measuring Equipment: What are your shop’s options?

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 21, 2016 4:15:00 PM

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a T-boned Toyota or a rear-ended Ram pickup, a collision can affect a vehicle’s structure in all directions—width, length and height. For good-as-new repairs that will perform as planned on the road and in any subsequent collision, you obviously need to find all of the damage in every direction.

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Topics: Measurement

Sneak Peek: Unitized Body Analysis and Repair Planning Course

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 18, 2016 10:05:00 AM

The best trained techs provide the best repairs. And when you work in an industry that goes through frequent transitions and adjustments, that training needs to be ongoing. Chief University is dedicated to providing up-to-date technician training, on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. One common thread across most major car manufacturers today is unibody design. Chief’s Unitized Body Analysis and Repair Planning  is designed for entry level and experienced structural repair technicians who require training in unibody vehicle analysis and repair planning.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Training

A compact car bench that bears your attention

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

A few things you probably didn’t know about the koala: They can only stay awake four hours a day. They cling to trees to lower their body temperature. Their fingerprints are practically indistinguishable from humans. In fact, police sometimes mistake koala prints for human when investigating crimes. This is all true.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair