National Collision

Shops can reduce cycle time, improve profit through improved parts procedures

Detroit—Although parts make up 30 to 40 percent of the cost of a typical collision repair, too often repair shops order parts inefficiently, which increases administrative workload, costs the shop money, and can increase its cycle time.

By overhauling its parts-ordering and handling procedures, a shop can make the entire repair process smoother, reduce cycle time, increase profits, and even improve its vendor relationships, said consultant Mike Anderson, owner of Collision Advice.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
Glen Mills, Pa.–Dr. Jingguo Shen, senior chemist at Axalta Coating Systems, presented research from an international collaboration on coating film formation at the 248th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco.  Shen’s team includes world-...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
St. Charles, Mo.—Collision repair industry veteran Mike Hildebrand is importing a line of collision repair equipment to the U.S. that he said offers high quality at a reasonable price. GYS Welding USA is the importer of equipment made by 50-year-old French manufacturer GYS, and Hildebrand...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
Detroit—Updates on Ford’s new aluminum-intensive F-150 pickup, plus a look at other new materials and technologies that collision repairers will soon see in their shops, were among the topics at this year’s I-CAR conference in Detroit, where more than 360 people were in attendance...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
Colleyville, Texas—As the ASA Collision Division Operations Committee continues its focus on refinish issues and its effects on collision repair facilities, it held a press conference in September to specifically address the issue of blend within a panel/zone refinish. Dan Risley, ASA’s...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
Chicago—CCC Information Services announced that O’Reilly Automotive has signed on to join the CCC TRUE Parts Network, an electronic automotive parts quoting and eProcurement network that  connects auto parts suppliers with CCC’s customer base of collision repairers. O’...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
Detroit—Although it’s using time-tested materials and construction technology, Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150 has sparked a lot of buzz at NACE and regional trade shows of what collision repairers must do to properly repair it. And tangential to that discussion has been an increased...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
Prosser, Wash.—The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) launched their first iteration of the Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series at the SEMA Show in 2010, and with annual adjustments to the format and content it has become one of the most comprehensive programs of collision...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
Madison, Ind.—Chief Automotive Technologies has redesigned its website to make it easier for collision repair professionals to find the equipment and information they need to properly repair modern vehicles. The new chiefautomotive.com features distinct – but easily accessible –...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
Colleyville, Texas—Following a successful NACE/CARS Conference & Expo in July, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced the event will once again be held in Detroit, July 23-25. The ASA Board and management considered feedback from attendees, exhibitors, and other industry...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
Agoura Hills, Calif.—Industry newcomer, Jordan Furniss and the Estify team, has solved a longtime collision repair shop management issue. After considerable market research and exhaustive interviews with shop owners and managers, he identified re-keying estimates as an age-old, time-consuming...
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