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Collisionology™

Traditional Measuring Systems vs. Live Mapping™: Why It’s Time To Update Your Shop

Posted by Chief Automotive on Feb 15, 2017 4:50:00 PM

At Chief, we’ve moved on from “measuring.” Traditional computerized and point-to-point measuring systems don’t have what it takes for today’s shops to efficiently repair modern vehicles.

 Instead, it’s time to usher in the age of Live Mapping. This real-time, multi-point measuring method maps up to 45 reference points at once, so the technician can see all the damage that needs to be repaired. This saves time and prevents any “hidden” damage from being missed.

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Essential Welding Tools You Need to Stay Fully Equipped

Posted by Chief Automotive on Feb 2, 2017 1:15:00 PM

Do you have all to welding tools and equipment you need to operate effectively and safely? Even if you’re just setting up shop, you probably already know some of the essentials (like a welder, for instance), but there are a lot of things you might not have thought of. That’s why we’ve put together this list: the comprehensive guide to a fully loaded welding station.

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Topics: Welding

Two Things Not to Rush in Collision Repairs

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

In an industry where cycle times are critical, it can be tempting to move a little too quickly. After all, faster turnarounds mean more business revenue, more income for collision repair techs and happier customers. That is, unless the rush is really a wreck. Your customers might not know it, but they would much rather you take the time necessary – especially upfront – and do the repairs accurately the first time around. Here are two areas where taking the time is especially important.

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Topics: Measurement

Power Behind the Pull: Barbara Trembley

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 25, 2017 3:01:00 PM

It takes all types of people with different abilities and skill sets to make a business not only run, but thrive. A company can produce a terrific product but without coordination and strategy, that product never reaches the customer. At Chief, we strive to engage customers not just on a national level, but a global one, and leading a global initiative takes talented employees. Barbara Trembley is our Global Collision Business Coordinator, and is at the center of our global campaign. So lets take a few moments to get to know the person who has a pretty large territory to cover, the world!

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Topics: Power Behind the Pull

NADA Turns 100

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 24, 2017 4:05:00 PM

Think of what your 100th birthday would be like…Probably a large cake(capable of holding 100 candles), your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren huddled around singing happy birthday. We would all more than likely envision a pretty low key gathering to celebrate such a huge milestone. I doubt however, any of us see ourselves living it up in New Orleans while we ring in our entrance to the century club, but that’s just what NADA is doing.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, Shop Tools, MSO

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