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Collisionology™

NADA Turns 100

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 24, 2017 4:05:00 PM

Think of what your 100th birthday would be like…Probably a large cake(capable of holding 100 candles), your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren huddled around singing happy birthday. We would all more than likely envision a pretty low key gathering to celebrate such a huge milestone. I doubt however, any of us see ourselves living it up in New Orleans while we ring in our entrance to the century club, but that’s just what NADA is doing.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, Shop Tools, MSO

Sneak Peek: Unitized Body Analysis and Repair Planning Course

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 18, 2016 10:05:00 AM

The best trained techs provide the best repairs. And when you work in an industry that goes through frequent transitions and adjustments, that training needs to be ongoing. Chief University is dedicated to providing up-to-date technician training, on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. One common thread across most major car manufacturers today is unibody design. Chief’s Unitized Body Analysis and Repair Planning  is designed for entry level and experienced structural repair technicians who require training in unibody vehicle analysis and repair planning.

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

3 Reason Why YOU Need to be at SEMA 2016

Posted by Chief Automotive on Oct 26, 2016 5:30:00 PM

The SEMA Show takes place Nov. 1-4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Chief booth #10116 in the North Hall Tools & Equipment section will be the home base for the latest product offerings from Chief, Globaljig, Chassis Liner and Chief University brands. 


 "The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world (PLEASE NOTE: THE SEMA SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC). It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets." - www.semashow.com

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Topics: Industry and Company News

5 Things We Learned from 100 Blogs

Posted by Chief Automotive on Sep 22, 2016 3:55:18 PM

Wow, 100 blogs! That went by pretty fast. But when you’re one of the top equipment manufacturers in an ever changing industry, you’ve got lot of information to get out. That’s why we decided to sit back, take a breather and reminisce (blog about) the 5 most important things we’ve come to know over 100 posts.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Welding, Training, Aluminum, Heavy Duty

What Electric Cars Mean for Collision Repair

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Are electric cars on your mind? With companies like Tesla in the headlines every other week, they just might be. While they’re far from mainstream, if you’re following car trends, you can see that electric vehicles have the potential to make some waves in the car industry. And if you operate a collision repair shop, you might be wondering how it will affect your line of business specifically. Here’s what the rise of hybrid and all-electric vehicles could mean for your shop.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

A Quick Guide to NACE 2016

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 3, 2016 1:44:25 PM

What will you be doing August 9th-13th? We hope your answer is “attending NACE | CARS 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center." But if not, there’s still plenty of time to register for one of the premier events in the collision repair industry.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

Sneak Peek: Advanced Steering and Suspension Analysis

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 30, 2016 11:00:00 AM

There is nothing easy about auto body repair. The equipment needed is sophisticated, the tools are specialized and the technicians, very skilled. However, some aspects of a repair are easier than others. For example, identifying the damage of a crashed vehicle; noticing a large dent in the side panel, or a severe twist in the frame doesn’t take a highly trained eye. A trunk that won’t close properly or a door that doesn’t latch can been seen by even the most inexperienced of technicians.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, Training

What the CAFE Standards Mean for Your Shop

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Since Congress put them in place in 1975, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards have aimed to cut fuel usage. And while the car industry has been working steadily to keep up ever since, the most recent requirements are anything but business as usual. From 1990 to 2010, the standard was 27.5 mpg, but efforts to reduce fuel usage have ramped up in recent years. The current goal for 2025 is 54.5 mpg. The regulations could change with political tides, but manufacturers aren’t holding their breath and continue to make advances toward that number, trimming down the weight of their cars, using smaller engines and more.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

The Technician Drought and How to Avoid it

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 26, 2016 5:00:00 PM

One of the biggest issues facing the auto body industry is the lack of experienced technicians. Many shop owners cite the reason they cannot expand their business, is not because of lack of new clients, but due to the shortage of techs that possess a high end skill set. Smaller independent shops feel the sting more as they cannot offer skilled technicians the wages that larger shops or MSOs are able to pay.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, Training

Can Your Shop Handle Heavy Duty Repairs?

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 11, 2016 5:00:00 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