April, 2007 Archives - BodyShop Business
Enough is Enough

Progressive allegedly steering customers from shop.

Standards: Good or Bad?

Earlier this week, a news blurb caught my eye that had to do with an industry standard for the development of collision repair methods in the United Kingdom. An insurer-funded research entity called Thatcham will develop the standard that they claim will “ensure vehicle repair methods are comprehensive, easy to use, and widely available and

Proprietary Repairs

“Do you think that in the near future, other car manufacturers will follow Jaguar’s lead and require repair shops to be ‘certified’ to fix their vehicles?”


“How do you evaluate and sell your business?”

To Clip or Not to Clip?

“What’s the difference among what I-CAR, shops, insurance companies and car manufacturers are saying about clipping?”

Achieving Consistent Volume

“With 21 DRPs, we still see peaks and valleys. What’s the best approach to having a consistent flow of work?”

Blend vs. Full Paint

“Why is blend time 50 percent of the time as full paint time?”

Long Live the Oxyacetylene Torch

Some think the oxyacetylene torch is dead. But more than a few master techs consider it a vital tool in their arsenals, and you may too once you understand its versatility.

Handling and Repairing Ford F-150 Magnesium Radiators

One of the most requested pieces of OEM documentation in the collision industry today is “new materials, locations and procedures.” Why? Because advanced materials are becoming more popular with almost every vehicle maker due to the never-ending quest for fuel efficiency, ease of manufacturability, performance and styling. Magnesium is but one of the advanced materials