2016 Editions Archives - Page 8 of 11 - BodyShop Business
Publisher’s Perspective: Don’t Be Distracted by What Washington Is Doing

There are things happening around us in the world of the automotive aftermarket that are very concerning. I’m sure many of us did not see or hear about the issue I’m going to talk about, but I think that is what is so concerning.

Editor’s Notes: What’s the Procedure?

At some point, this industry has to get on the same page as to how to properly and safely repair vehicles.

Technical: Testing Your Reputation

Poor welds can destroy a shop’s reputation and create a deadly situation, which is why taking a refresher course and doing test welds is a must.

Technical: Red Hot

More and more body shops are discovering that infrared curing lamps are a key component to improving throughput and cycle time.

Safety Guide: Creating a Safety Culture for a Competitive Edge

What can auto repair companies do to attract, hire and retain young talent? The first step is to learn what’s important to them.

Safety Guide: Make Shop Safety a Top Priority

A shop that takes safety and its employees’ well-being seriously is going to have happier employees than a shop that does not.

Why Do Insurers Require Shops to Use Substandard Parts?

If insurers can’t authorize any repair, how can they specify any part to be used in a repair? The answer is very simple: They can’t.

What Is the Difference Between Adhesives for Regular Metal and Aluminum?

Even though both steel and aluminum are in the metal family, they have some similarities and differences.

Reader’s Choice: What Can Be Done to Recruit and Retain Young People in Our Industry?

Like many other technical trades, our industry is facing an aging workforce, and many students are being urged to go the traditional four-year college route and not consider a technical trade as a career option.

Reader’s Choice: How Can We Stop Insurers Writing Estimates from Photos?

To me, there isn’t much difference between a photo-written estimate and a street-written estimate; they’re both inaccurate and will not be a basis for how I repair the vehicle.

Repairing Hail Damage

Determining the best and simplest method for repairing hail damage requires examining the methods available.

Reader’s Choice: How Do You Respond to, ‘We Don’t Pay for That?’

In a normal business world, the statement “We don’t pay for that” could never and probably would never be made. But our world is far from perfect, so let me walk you through my mindset when faced with that answer…or should I say “non-answer.”