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Collisionology™

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

Five Tips to Help Your OEM Certifications Pay Off

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 20, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Though OEM certification can be expensive, it can cost you more in lost revenue to ignore those certifications. We’ve talked about the many pros and few cons of certifications in the past. But it’s time to look at the certification situation with fresh eyes, because OEMs and insurers are both taking another look at how important certifications are to repairs.

For OEMs, it makes sense to push repair shops that are certified on their makes and models. After all, those certifications are a large source of revenue for them. Every shop that goes through certification is money in their pockets.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

4 Ways to Retain Your Collision Repair Techs

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 29, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Chief-TechA well-staffed shop is a successful shop. After all, your collision repair technicians help to keep your shop safe, provide great customer service, perform the best repairs and so much more. And when you consider that the actual dollar cost of turnover is about 20 percent of a given employee’s annual salary, you can start to see how retaining the best employees is vital to your business. Here are four ways to stop the turnover churn and build a company people want to be a part of.

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How to Make Safety a Shop-wide Priority

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 28, 2017 3:55:00 PM

If you’re a responsible shop owner (and we bet you are), safety is already on your mind. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of OSHA inspections, and more importantly, you’d hate for a member of your team to get hurt. But the truth is, it might not be a priority for your employees. To really protect your staff, it’s important to move safety to the forefront for everyone in your shop. The following tips can help you do it. 

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Topics: Training