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

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