Blueprinting 101

Blueprinting 101

When it comes to collision damage, assuming and knowing are two completely different things. Unfortunately, for most collision repair facilities, assuming what is damaged seems to be the normal SOP.  Fully knowing and understanding which vehicle structural components have sustained damage, if any, is the most important step in the repair process, and must be… Read more »

Read More





Steering, Suspension and Wheel Damage Explained

Suspension Repair

Did I scare all of you with a reminder of geometry?  Or even worse trigonometry?  Remember being in High School and thinking, “I am never using this crap so why do I need to learn it?”  Well look at who needs that stupid geometry and trig now.  What?  You don’t realize you need to understand… Read more »

Read More







Is Your Shop’s Problem The Paint Or The Process?

By John Shoemaker   One of the services I provide as a business development manager for BASF Automotive Refinish is to help with production flow to eliminate choke points or backlogs. The most common call I get is for help in the paint shop. My standard approach to evaluate production flow is to review the… Read more »

Read More







IMPROVE REPAIR SHOP PROFITS USING SENSIBLE GOALS

By John Shoemaker It’s that time of year to go through last year’s numbers and measuring yourself against the goals you set. Did you reach your goals? Did you set goals? If you didn’t reach your goal or if you didn’t set a goal, then I must ask why? Did you have a plan to… Read more »

Read More





BLENDING and “UP AND OVER”: WHAT’S THE TRUTH?

By Larry Montanez III, CDA and Jeff Lange, PE Blending, burning in or melting clear coats are some of the terms used in the collision repair industry to describe what can be classified as an unacceptable or improper procedure, although leaving an open blend on a panel is a common practice.  Let us explain. An… Read more »

Read More





Best Practices For Fast Tracking Repairs

By Larry Montanez III, CDA and Jeff Lange, PE One of the catch phrases in the collision repair industry, that has been used for the past year to year and a half, has been “Fast Track Repairs.”  Fast Tracking repair can mean different things to different parties involved in the collision repair industry. Insurance Companies… Read more »

Read More





Hiring Qualified Techs Starts with Industry Involvement

By John Shoemaker Contrary to the beliefs of many, there are technicians available in most markets. While technicians are not standing at your door every day looking for a job, they are available. The next generation of automotive technicians can be found at vocational technical schools, community colleges and trade schools. I have heard all… Read more »

Read More