Estimate / Supplement Check List:
Written By: Alex Hahn
I work at a flat rate/commission shop, when your employees are getting paid for every action they do they tend to remind you when you’ve missed something, and in some cases I remind them when they’ve missed
something. These are some of the best ideas I’ve heard from technicians or come
up with myself. Some of these are pretty normal and widespread and others may
seem borderline crazy to you, at the end of the day getting 10 extra .1’s or
.2’s really adds up in the long run, do not be afraid to ask for these, I have
been paid by large insurance companies and small to complete all of these actions, and
again the worst thing they can say is no.
Corrosion Protection - Anytime doing filler work or fixing scratches. (Do not add to blend panels.) Typically about $10 and .2 per panel.
Flex Additive - Anytime a bumper is painted.
Chip Guard Material - Found on Toyota’s and many other cars, add when replacing fender or performing a rocker/quarter panel repair in the area of the undercoating.
Adhesive Removal from Refinish Panel – Whenever removing an emblem or molding, this is for the adhesive from the tape left behind; we usually get at least .2 per emblem and more for cladding/spoilers.
Clean & Re-Tape – Whenever re-using emblems, charge .1 to .2 depending upon size and ease of taping, additionally charge $2.50 for the tape material, make sure to check your numbers and see that it is cost effective.
Spare Tire R&I – Whenever sending out a rim for reconditioning services, request time to R&I the spare tire to keep the car mobile in the shop, so it can be moved
or even sent off to the paint shop, I recently had a State Farm adjuster tell
me he’s never had anyone ask for it before, but there is no way for him to deny
it because its so logical.
Blend Door Handles – Anytime you do a door skin or repair in the vicinity of the door handle always get blend time, additionally if the adjacent panel has a door handle
within 6 inches or so of what your skinning, blend that handle too! A Liberty
Mutual appraiser told me she had never had anyone request it before in the last
15 years that she had been writing. Gas doors too!
Adhesive Kit – When doing bedsides where you use panel bond on the upper rail make sure to charge for the material, the application is included in the repair time, but
not the Panel Bond itself, we charge $45 per bedside, the 3M Automix is around
$50 a tube and its easy to justify using more than half a tube, not to mention
the tips costing roughly $1. Also applicable when doing glass work
Seam Sealer - Again, when doing bedsides or quarter panels add seam sealer material costs in separately. The operation/application of applying it is included in the labor time, but not the material itself, we usually get around $25 per panel.
Remove Decal/Pinstripe – When painting a panel with a pinstripe don’t just charge for the pinstripe, charge for the time to remove it as well, this can also be
done when painting a bedside that has a “4X4” decal on it. The replace time is
strictly that REPLACE not to remove decal and or residue.
Partial R&I of Door Weather Strips – Anytime you paint a quarter panel and carry the clear all the way to the windshield pillar, get partial R&I time of the door weather strips that touch in the area of the roof line, typically .2 per door.