With more than 115 of it s estimators and managers attending the University of Toyota “Estimating Solutions for Profit” classes last year, the company recently announced its continued relationship with Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes to offer the program as part of Toyota’s Estimator Certification Program.
“Estimating Solutions for Profit” is a seven-hour, hands-on workshop that provides estimators with the techniques, skills and information necessary to write more profitable estimates, Sherwin-Williams says. The class comprises real world estimating scenarios and industry-specific issues pertaining to body shop operations and insurance company relations.
“The ‘Estimating Solutions for Profit’ class vastly improved the ay our estimators approach the repair process it focuses on the customer, but never lets us lose sight of making money and retaining profitability,” said Jeff Debner, collision center director of Fred Haas Toyota in Houston, Texas. “We’ve seen significant improvement in dollars per repair order by our estimators as they now focus on the traditional non-included items. It also reinforces good, everyday estimating practices and provides another avenue to add revenue to each estimate.”
The class is approved and accredited by the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) and offers 12 credits toward AMI’s diploma program.
“Estimating Solutions for Profit” will be available to all of Toyota’s collision centers nationwide. Estimators from non-Toyota dealerships or independent body shops interested in attending a class can visit www.sherwin-automotive.com/en/Training/TrainCourses.aspx for a class schedule.