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6 Tips to Hiring(and keeping) Quality Techs

Posted by Chief Automotive on May 19, 2017 4:30:00 PM

A tech walks into your office and hands you his two weeks notice. That’s never been a fun situation. And according to a recent survey, it’s getting a lot less fun with each passing day. Why? Because replacing that tech is harder than it’s been in years.

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Topics: Shop Tools, Training

Product Spotlight: Cam Scan HD

Posted by Chief Automotive on May 18, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Measure, check, pull. Measure, re-measure, pull, check. For those of us in the auto body repair industry, this was a typical day in the life of a technician. Fast forward to the present and we now have electronic measuring systems like Chief’s Laser Lock™. Electronic measuring systems make technician’s lives easier by taking out the guess work; showing exactly where repair is needed. Unfortunately, the guess and check game is still being played in the heavy-duty repair industry. But Chief is changing all that. The Chief Cam Scan HD is an all new photographic imaging and measuring tool for HD shops.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement

Product Spotlight: C3080 Wheel Alignment System

Posted by Chief Automotive on May 5, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Have you ever asked yourself this question: “How can my shop be more productive?” Let’s assume the obvious; your shop is full of Chief racks, welders and Globaljig benches that run flawlessly and that your techs are the best at what they do. What can you do to increase your shop’s productivity and ultimately profits? Answer, wheel service, specifically alignments. With Chief's new C3080 Wheel Alignment System, productivity for your shop increases, space doesn’t.

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Heavy Duty Collision Repair

Posted by Chief Automotive on Apr 29, 2017 11:00:00 AM

How many collision shops can service a Toyota Prius? How many a can do frame pulls on a Ford F-150? We assume the answer is nearly all of them, but how many can make repairs on a school bus or a dump truck? That number drops significantly. Be one of the elite shops, and say “yes” to the heavy duty repairs. Chief Automotive has rolled out a new line of heavy-duty repair tools, which allows your shop to take on those repairs, and be one of the only shops around that can say “yes”.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement

Product Spotlight: Mobile System

Posted by Chief Automotive on Apr 28, 2017 5:01:36 PM

The System Bench by Globaljig, is the industry's most advanced and easy to use mobile structural repair bench available today. System is a true mobile fixture bench with approvals from OEM’s like Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Tesla, among others. What sets the System Bench apart from other mobile fixture benches is the attention to ergonomics and user-friendliness that have been put into its design. Add to this the fact that it uses the Globaljig Universal Fixture System, eliminating the need to rent or purchase a different jig set for every vehicle you repair.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Tesla Motors is on a roll. And many more could roll into your shop.

Posted by Chief Automotive on Apr 26, 2017 8:05:00 AM

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Chevy Corvette. Cadillac Fleetwood. Pontiac GTO. General Motors has produced as many—if not more—classic American cars as any manufacturer in the nation. And while GM continues to manufacture more than 10 million cars a year, there is a new player in the game when it comes to overall company value.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Special Materials Require Special Equipment.

Posted by Chief Automotive on Apr 18, 2017 3:30:00 PM

More and more OEs are using more and more special materials in their latest models. That’s no secret. We often discuss aluminum and high-strength steel—and how they affect your business—right here on this blog. But we’ve rarely been able to quantify exactly how much special material is in use in today’s vehicles. Until now.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Power and Precision: Your two most important bench players

Posted by Chief Automotive on Apr 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Cars. They just don’t make’em like they used to. Literally. (And that includes trucks, too.) More and more manufacturers are moving away from body-on-frame designs and moving toward unibody designs.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Sneak Peek: Joining Technologies

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 30, 2017 4:30:00 PM

From high strength steel and carbon fiber to ultra-strong adhesives and spot welds, there are several different materials and methods used on today’s vehicles. And whether you are a large dealer or a small body shop, you need to be prepared to perform repairs on all materials with the most cutting edge of technologies and skill. Chief University provides up-to-date technician training, on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. As the industry continues to grow, the only constant is change, and having your shop equipped with the latest tools, and your techs trained with the most up to date skill set is the key to winning in the auto body repair world.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Welding, Training, Aluminum

Bench 101: The basics of repair benches

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 29, 2017 4:45:00 PM

A defensive lineman versus a strong safety. A sumo wrestler versus a jiu-jutsu black belt. A Peterbilt versus a Ferrari.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair