Body shops live and die by cycle times. It’s a basic fact of business that you need to get each vehicle in and out as efficiently as possible. Customers want repairs done quickly and correctly – you and your techs both know that. So what can you do to make it happen? Of course having a knowledgeable staff is a must. And setting them up with the tools for success is just as important. Here are three body shop repair tools that can help cut cycle times:
Before you start shopping for a spot welder, you need to be sure that you understand the basics of how they work and why certain features are important. After all, spot welders are a vital part of today’s body shop arsenal. Here’s what you need to know about spot welders.
Topics: Shop Tools
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.
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.
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:
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.
Topics: Shop Tools
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.
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”
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.
Close your eyes and picture the collision shop of the future. It would include cutting edge, precision equipment and electronics, with some of the most highly trained employees. We’re actually describing a shop that exists today and runs business light years ahead of the times. That’s right, nestled on St. Louis’ south side is one of the country’s top auto body shops, Mungenast Collision Center.