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Collisionology™

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: Industry and Company News, Auto Body Repair

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

Product Spotlight: C355 | PRO 3D WHEEL BALANCER

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 22, 2017 12:34:59 PM

Deposits, withdrawals, service fees and interest charges make balancing your checking account a tedious process and a chore that many people dislike. Luckily, with Chief's C355, balancing a tire is much easier. Speed, accuracy, easy to use and economical are the guidelines we used to create the C355. Rugged and dependable enough to be the workhorse of a high-volume tire dealer with an easy to use interface making it perfect for the auto body technician learning curve.

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Topics: Shop Tools

6 Tips for Quality Control in Collision Repair Shops

Posted by Chief Automotive on Oct 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Spending a little time at the beginning of a job can save you a ton of time on the back end. That’s true in almost every profession. But it’s especially true in a collision repair shop.  

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

The Good (and some less-than-good) News on the Future of Collision Repair

Posted by Chief Automotive on Oct 26, 2017 3:24:04 PM

In September 2017, Global Market Insights (GMI) released a study on the automotive collision repair market. As the company’s name might suggest, the study incorporated data and predictions for repair markets around the globe. When you look at those numbers, they were fairly positive. Between today and 2022, GMI predicted close to 20% growth for the global industry.

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Topics: Industry and Company News