April, 2010 Archives - BodyShop Business

Those of you who read my column know that I often discuss the subject of change. For those of you who don’t, here’s a brief refresher. Change is constant. In fact, that’s the only part of change that’s consistent. Planning in business and life is necessary so we can deal with change when it happens.

EDITOR’S NOTES: Make It Your Mission

Do you have a mission statement? You should. If you don’t, it’s like trying to steer a rudderless boat. You might say, “It’s just words on paper.” Not really. It’s words on paper that prove you sat back, took a break from the hustle and bustle of your business, and reflected on what your business

Boosting Your Bottom Line with Boat Repair

Boat repair might be just the ticket for body shops looking to shore up their bottom lines with a wave of potential profits.

Comparing Computerized Measuring Systems

Pilots flying in dense fog have to rely on their instruments to make safe landings. Can you do the equivalent of an instrument landing when repairing a vehicle? Only if you can determine the dimensional accuracy of a structural frame…by using a computerized measuring system

Building a Successful Side Business in Bedliners

A pioneer in sprayed-on bedliners shows off
some of his greatest creations and offers advice to
those desiring to explore this profit center.

Your Guide to Body Shop Safety

Creating a culture of safety in your body shop can increase productivity, make your employees happier and keep you out of trouble. So what are you waiting for?

Strainer Sizes for Waterborne Paint

Reader’s Choice Question: “What strainer sizes are required with each brand’s waterborne paint? Some paint companies say 125 microns, some call for 200, some for a range of sizes. When considering a disposable paint cup system, which is supposedly better for waterborne paint?”
– Biag Pellegrino, head painter, Chaffee’s Auto Body, Franklin, Mass.

Getting Paid for Not-Included Labor Items

Reader’s Choice Question – “How do you get paid for rust, fused, pinched and fudge time factors that aren’t listed in the regular new parts on and off sections of the P-pages and estimating guides? When will true reality begin so that the time necessary to cut, heat up, unscrew, unfuse or unclip two different kinds of metals without burning up or exploding the rest of the car will be included?” – Rosemarie Seppala, office manager, Seppala’s Body Shop & Restoration