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Collisionology™

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

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

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

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

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