Set Your New Techs Up For Success With Great Training

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 16, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Helping a new hire adjust to their role in your shop is important. With the shortage in techs, simply finding great candidates may have been a chore, and narrowing it down to the best one probably took time. Make the most of that effort by setting new techs up for success from the first time they step into your shop. The key is great training. Here are four tips.

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Topics: Training

Frame Rack 101

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 15, 2016 4:14:57 PM

So you are in the market for a frame rack. Let’s first review a couple terms, and ensure we are on the same page when discussing options. Some may think that a “frame rack” is a general term for all machines used to hold vehicles during repair, that is only partly true. A frame rack is primarily used while performing repairs on framed vehicles, such as trucks and large SUVs. Benches however, are designed more for unibody vehicles such as compact SUVs, sedans and sports cars.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools

Product Spotlight: Cam Scan HD

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 11, 2016 12:00:00 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

What Electric Cars Mean for Collision Repair

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

Are electric cars on your mind? With companies like Tesla in the headlines every other week, they just might be. While they’re far from mainstream, if you’re following car trends, you can see that electric vehicles have the potential to make some waves in the car industry. And if you operate a collision repair shop, you might be wondering how it will affect your line of business specifically. Here’s what the rise of hybrid and all-electric vehicles could mean for your shop.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

A Quick Guide to NACE 2016

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 3, 2016 1:44:25 PM

What will you be doing August 9th-13th? We hope your answer is “attending NACE | CARS 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center." But if not, there’s still plenty of time to register for one of the premier events in the collision repair industry.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

Free Ebook: Multi-Shop Operators & Efficiency

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 2, 2016 9:30:00 AM

If you haven’t done it recently, it might be time to examine the profitability of your various shops. And if you find there’s room for improvement, it’s time to start making some changes to increase efficiency.

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Topics: MSO

Sneak Peek: Advanced Steering and Suspension Analysis

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 30, 2016 11:00:00 AM

There is nothing easy about auto body repair. The equipment needed is sophisticated, the tools are specialized and the technicians, very skilled. However, some aspects of a repair are easier than others. For example, identifying the damage of a crashed vehicle; noticing a large dent in the side panel, or a severe twist in the frame doesn’t take a highly trained eye. A trunk that won’t close properly or a door that doesn’t latch can been seen by even the most inexperienced of technicians.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, Training

What the CAFE Standards Mean for Your Shop

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Since Congress put them in place in 1975, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards have aimed to cut fuel usage. And while the car industry has been working steadily to keep up ever since, the most recent requirements are anything but business as usual. From 1990 to 2010, the standard was 27.5 mpg, but efforts to reduce fuel usage have ramped up in recent years. The current goal for 2025 is 54.5 mpg. The regulations could change with political tides, but manufacturers aren’t holding their breath and continue to make advances toward that number, trimming down the weight of their cars, using smaller engines and more.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

The Technician Drought and How to Avoid it

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 26, 2016 5:00:00 PM

One of the biggest issues facing the auto body industry is the lack of experienced technicians. Many shop owners cite the reason they cannot expand their business, is not because of lack of new clients, but due to the shortage of techs that possess a high end skill set. Smaller independent shops feel the sting more as they cannot offer skilled technicians the wages that larger shops or MSOs are able to pay.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, Training

Aluminum Repair Resources from Around the Web

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 25, 2016 4:30:00 PM

We’ve written a lot about aluminum repair since launching the Collisionology blog in April of 2015. We hope, these posts have provided you with the confidence needed to work on the growing number of aluminum-bodied vehicles on the road.

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Topics: Welding, Training, Aluminum