April 2016 Archives - BodyShop Business
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.”

Reader’s Choice: Why Is There So Much Apathy Toward Training and Attending Meetings in Our Industry?

When it comes to our industry, I believe there are some underlying issues and agendas that drive much of the apathy we see.

Why Didn’t the Airbags Deploy?

What makes airbags deploy in a collision is many times much different than people think. There are many reasons for them not to deploy in a crash, but one reason they do is the Delta-v, or a sudden change in velocity.