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Collisionology™

Chief to Showcase Collision Repair Equipment “Works of Art” at NADA Expo and ATD Show

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 20, 2018 8:30:00 AM

The Rotary and Chief booth at the NADA Expo and ATD Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center may resemble a trip to Paris more than a trip to a trade conference, thanks to the brands’ new augmented reality (AR) art gallery installation.

The Vehicle Service Group (VSG) brands will leverage experiential AR technology to provide customers a deeper engagement opportunity with a wide range of products, from vehicle lifts to wheel service products and collision repair equipment, expanding beyond what can be physically showcased in expo booth #2586C on March 23-25. 

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Topics: Industry and Company News

360 degree blueprinting for improved speed and accuracy

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to repairs, speed is obviously important. The faster you can make measurements on a vehicle, the faster you can make pulls on that vehicle. And the faster you can make pulls, the faster you can get to the next vehicle. Get them in and get them out as fast as possible. That’s the key to productivity and revenue.

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Topics: Measurement

The Next Generation of Live Mapping Is Here

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 1, 2018 10:23:41 AM

Growing up, you probably watched a lot of science fiction. You liked the spaceships, the other worlds and the strange creatures. But there was probably one thing that sparked your imagination more than anything else: lasers.

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Topics: Measurement

Measuring Equipment: What are your shop’s options?

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 1, 2018 9:15:00 AM

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

Product Spotlight: C601N HD Changer

Posted by Chief Automotive on Feb 9, 2018 5:02:00 PM

Flipping tires may sound like a good workout for some people, but force those same people to do it for a living, and their views may change. However, that’s a daily occurrence in the life of a HD tire technician. With some tires, like the new super singles, tipping the scales at 300lbs.+, you can see why trying to man handle that all day would get old. So why not make your tech’s life and your bottom line better? Enter Chief's C601N HD Tirechanger.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools

Special Materials Require Special Equipment.

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 30, 2018 4:30:00 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

5 Questions (and Answers) for 2018

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 8, 2018 2:00:00 PM

2018 will definitely bring about change. But what exactly can we look forward to? Still no flying cars like we were promised or hover boards for that matter. Thanks a lot Marty Mcfly!  However, we had a few questions burning at our souls, so we tried our best to answer them. 

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Topics: Industry and Company News

Top 5 Blogs of 2017

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

We work hard to keep you up on latest trends, tactics and equipement so your shop can run tip top. We undersatnd some blogs work better for you than others, so based on your enagement, here are the Top 5 from 2017.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News

3 Reasons to Have an Aluminum-dedicated Work Area

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 28, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Repairing aluminum requires special gear. While you’re stocking up on the right aluminum welders and more, you’ll also need to think about how you’ll organize that equipment in your shop. And it’s not just a matter of “wherever it fits.” There are lots of good reasons to keep your aluminum repair tools together, including:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Aluminum

The Call Is Coming from Inside the Vehicle: The Future of Insurance and Your Shop

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 26, 2017 7:39:17 PM

We can’t predict the future. If we could, you’d find us studying racehorses and Wall Street stocks instead of talking about how the ever-evolving insurance industry could affect repair shops in the future. But that’s what we’re here to discuss. And it’s worthy of a moment of your time.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News