By Richard Perry
OEM and Strategic Account Sales Manager for Chief Automotive Technologies
This summer on “Collisionology,” our new Chief blog, we’ve covered topics ranging from aluminum repair to vehicle data, and we will continue to provide updates about the latest techniques and tools you can use to improve your operations. Here are some of the hottest topics of the summer so far:
Design based repair is the process of using information about how a collision-damaged vehicle was designed and built by the manufacturer in order to properly return it to OEM specifications. This techniqueis essential for properly repairing modern vehicles. Learn how you can start implementing design based repair fundamentals in your facility.
Imprecise vehicle repair data can affect everything from estimating to generating new business. See how your specs – the measurements for the vehicle frame and various other openings and components – impact each step of the repair process, and what you should look for when it’s time to update your data subscription.
Aluminum repair is no more difficult than steel repair. It is just different. With the right knowledge and tools, you can prepare for the growing number of aluminum-bodied cars and trucks on the road. Here are five steps to follow when one of these vehicles arrives at your shop.
Richard Perry is the OEM and Strategic Account Sales Manager for Chief Automotive Technologies. He got his start in the collision repair industry more than 30 years ago as a body technician and joined Chief in 1996 as a training instructor. Perry currently sits on the International Board of Directors for I-CAR, serves as a SkillsUSA collision advisor, and represents Chief at Collision Industry Conference (CIC) and National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) meetings.