If you have to do something two or more times, your shop is losing money. The rush job that had to be re-painted, writing supplements for hidden damage, or even having to order a $2.00 clip. We may get paid for the additional part, but your body shop takes a hit every time something like this happens.
This video does a great job of explaining how much it may cost a shop to order a $2.00 belt molding clip.
Of course body shops do not charge for re-painting a mis-matched car or the time it take to order additional parts, so how can we get paid for everything we have to do when properly repairing a car. Well, it’s important for shops today to reduce the time spent doing the things that don’t pay. Of course, there are going to be supplements and things are not always going to go perfect in the body and paint shop. However, the more time spent writing the estimate to find the hidden damage and blue printing the vehicle will reduce the non-paid tasks. Sure, it’s going to take more time upfront, but it will save time overall.
Want to learn more about blue printing a vehicle? Check out this webinar video provided by I-CAR and ABRn on this topic. It is about 1 hour long, but time well spent if you are a shop owner or manager.
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- Developing A Repair Plan
- Rising Costs of Car Parts
- 5 Steps For Inspecting Air Bags
- Understanding Auto Insurance