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Collisionology™

Buying Body Shop Equipment is Easier with a Partner

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 20, 2018 3:34:00 PM

If you’re a shop manager, you know that it takes a lot of effort to keep your technicians set up with the best body shop equipment, but it’s an essential task. After all, those tools are vital for keeping your business chugging along. Knowing this is a major undertaking, it’s smart to think about ways to make the process simpler. One easy-to-implement option is to find an equipment supplier you trust, build a relationship and then use them as both a product source and a partner.

Here’s what to expect from a single-source equipment supplier and partner:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Aluminum Welders 101: Brush Up On the Basics

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 30, 2018 2:15:00 PM

Today’s vehicles are designed to be lighter and more efficient with handling bigger loads, and the tools needed to repair these vehicles are more advanced and specialized than ever.

Not sure what you need? Chief has all the tools you need to repair aluminum vehicles. Here’s what you need to know about aluminum—and what you’ll need to look for when choosing equipment to repair vehicles both correctly and efficiently.

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Topics: Welding

Tech Tips: Using a Frame Rack to Pull Multiple Points at Once

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 27, 2018 1:57:00 PM

Today’s cars and trucks are built to exact specifications, and they require precise repairs. In order to reverse the forces involved in a collision and properly return the vehicle to OEM specs, you may have to pull a frame in multiple strategic locations simultaneously. This is known as “multi-point pulling.” Here are some tips on how to use your frame-straightening equipment to execute a proper multi-point pull:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Tech Tips: Estimating Front-End Damage

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jun 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Front-end damage is one of the most common reasons people bring their vehicles to an auto body repair shop. It can be caused by everything from tapping a parking garage wall to a serious head-on collision.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Keep it Running: Maintaining Your Meridian™ System

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jun 19, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Once you decide to invest in Chief’s Meridian™ Live Mapping™ System, you’ll want to do everything you can to make it run smoothly. That way, it can help you blueprint those repairs and complete them accurately. Here’s how to keep it in tip-top shape.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement

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