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Collisionology™

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

How to Succeed at the 2017 SEMA Show

Posted by Chief Automotive on Oct 25, 2017 3:21:37 PM

SEMA’s just around the corner. In fact, it’s almost time to start packing. We want you to have the best time possible, so we’ve made a list of things to do before you jump onto a plane to Vegas. Follow these guidelines to get your trip started on the right foot. Or left. It doesn’t matter, because you’re going to be using both of your feet quite a bit while you’re there.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

Steel Your Nerves: Future Tire Prices Could Rise

Posted by Chief Automotive on Oct 22, 2017 8:18:41 PM

For more than a century, Pittsburgh provided the majority of our nation’s steel. Many people still think of the city as a steel powerhouse, but those folks probably haven’t been to Pittsburgh in the last few decades. Today, the smelters and mills that once lined the city’s riverfronts have been replaced with vast entertainment complexes and sports facilities. Education, Healthcare and Finance are all now bigger than steel.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

Product Spotlight: C3080 Wheel Alignment System

Posted by Chief Automotive on Sep 30, 2017 10:26:00 AM

Have you ever asked yourself this question: “How can my shop be more productive?” Let’s assume the obvious; your shop is full of Chief racks, welders and Globaljig benches that run flawlessly and that your techs are the best at what they do. What can you do to increase your shop’s productivity and ultimately profits? Answer, wheel service, specifically alignments. With Chief's new C3080 Wheel Alignment System, productivity for your shop increases, space doesn’t.

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Four Ways Your Chief Distributor Can Help Your Shop

Posted by Chief Automotive on Sep 29, 2017 4:50:00 PM

We’ve never met a shop owner who couldn’t use another highly trained employee. Of course, experienced employees are harder to find than ever. And even if you did find one, it doesn’t mean that you could just add them to the payroll without taking a hit to your profitability. So what’s a shop to do when they need another brain, but can’t afford another salary?

Use your distributors to fill in the gaps.

Obviously, your distributor is there to make product recommendations and provide technical info for any equipment you’re contemplating (and, of course, any equipment they’ve already provided). But good distributors are much more valuable to their shops than just being a source of products and product information. And you don’t need to look any further for that added value than your Chief distributor.

The members of our sales network are available long after you’ve installed a piece of Chief equipment. And they’re happy to act as an extension of your shop in numerous ways.

Training. Of course, your Chief distributor trained you and your employees on your equipment when it was installed. If you hire a new employee tomorrow, though, that person will need training, too. And it’s costly to pull one of their new coworkers from profitable jobs to take the time to train them. That’s where your Chief distributor comes in handy. They’re available for any kind of training your new employees may need as your shop expands or simply replaces a tech that’s no longer with you.

Consulting. Are you contemplating an expansion? Are you adding a new piece of equipment, but aren’t sure how to work it into your shop’s current workflow? Your Chief distributor is happy to work with you to plan new space or modify your existing space in order to maximize your efficiency—which also maximizes your profitability.

Information. Chief distributors are obviously well versed on our products. They also have a wealth of information on almost every other topic relevant to your business. After all, they’re around shops all day, every day and have been for years. They’ve seen the systems and practices that lead to victory, and they’ve seen a lot of the pitfalls that can set a shop back—and they’re happy to share that experience with you. If you have a question that no one in your shop can answer, there’s a good chance your Chief distributor will know the answer. And if they don’t, they can do their best to find out.

Trends and Innovation. Not only is your Chief distributor good for general shop information, they can inform you of current trends that are benefitting other shops. And they’re often the first to know about upcoming product launches that could improve your shop’s efficiency and profitability.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools

Product Spotlight:  Globaljig Quick Pull

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

What does ever collision repair technician want to have in their work space?  That’s simple, an in-bay lift so that they can get vehicles off the floor and up to a comfortable working height for tear downs, reassembly, and metal working operations. If we could add the capability of quickly and efficiently making light duty pulls to rear body panels, radiator supports, and other parts of the vehicle structure to that lift they would be in “technician nirvana”

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, MSO

Can Your Shop Handle Heavy Duty Repairs?

Posted by Chief Automotive on Sep 22, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Think about your hometown, how many businesses are related to automotive? Most areas, even rural communities, have multiple mechanical repair shops. Now think about how many body shops there are; that number probably dropped significantly. Take it one step further, how many of those repair facilities are equipped to handle heavy duty vehicles. That number is pretty small, almost microscopic in the industry. However, think about how many heavy duty vehicles you see each day. School/transit buses, semi’s and dump trucks, more than likely you are passing several on your daily commute. Those type of vehicles are on the road, and there is a high demand for repair.     

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Measurement

Chief Frame Rack Accessories Add Versatility

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

If you’re in charge of the budget at your collision repair shop, you probably meet most requests for new equipment with a few questions of your own. You might try to gauge the ROI of the purchase or determine how often techs will use it, for instance. And you might ask, “Can we upgrade what we have instead?”

The right accessories can help you save money by doing more with tools already in your shop. For example, if you have a frame rack, our structural holding packages can help you properly secure, pull and handle a wider range of vehicles. That means more jobs and more revenue. Wondering if it’s right for you? Here’s a look at how these add-ons work. 

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Product Spotlight: Evolution Bench

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 31, 2017 4:54:23 PM

The Evolution Bench by Globaljig is the bench that can fill the void between a small spacer and large platforms associated with bigger benches. The Evolution's lifting capacity is rated at 7,700lbs, still plenty of strength and capacity for most any job that will come through the shop and for an economical price. For shops that have limited space or budgets, the 4.5 meter Evolution can be an economical bench solution provided you aren’t working with full size trucks on a daily basis. The 4.5 meter Evolution can handle a 4 door short bed ½ ton truck, but if those, or larger trucks, are part of your daily workflow you might want to consider the 5.0 meter Evolution.   

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Shop Tools, Measurement

Think aluminum may fall out of favor with OEMs? Think again.

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 29, 2017 3:14:56 PM

For the government, the future of fuel economy is up in the air.

Before leaving the White House, the Obama administration did their best to make their Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards the new permanent standard. But the Trump administration quickly announced that once a full review of CAFE standards was performed, they would probably relax the 2025 targets put in place by the previous administration. That assessment and recommendation is coming soon.

It stands to reason that relaxed CAFE standards would decrease the demand for aluminum—the metal many manufacturers adopted in order to make vehicles lighter and, therefore, more fuel efficient. But that’s not the case.

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Topics: Aluminum