Chief to provide a year’s worth of data with Thunderbolt order

Madison, Indiana — March 18, 2014 — Chief is offering a full year’s worth of access to vehicle data information upon ordering the company’s Thunderbolt specs.

The company says its database is filled with more information than any other system, offering the technicians using it a single source for vehicle information. Thunderbolt specs contains frame and upper body measurements covering thousands of cars and trucks dating back to 1990, with select vehicles from the ’70s and ’80s. Chief says its database is consistentlty updated with the latest pre-release information for new vehicles, in addition to frequent updates. 

Chief states all Thunderbolt entries include measurements vital to the repair of a collision-damaged vehicle. Measurements include window and door openings, tailgates, hoods, engine compartments, trunks and rear hatches, body openings and body widths; Chief personnel measure vehicles themselves with the frames anchored and the suspensions unloaded in order to provide technicians with “real world” data, the company says..

“During the repair process, nothing can compensate for inaccurate or out-of-date vehicle specs,” says Lee Daugherty, Chief’s global data product manager. “No matter what type of frame-straightening equipment you have, you should always start with current spec data to ensure that you are comparing a collision-damaged vehicle to OEM specifications. Because the online version of Thunderbolt is updated regularly, purchasing a subscription equips your shop to repair new vehicles as soon as they hit the street.”

Thunderbolt specs are compatible with Chief’s LaserLock and Vector live mapping systems, as well as computerized measuring systems made by other manufacturers. In addition to online subscriptions, Thunderbolt specs can also be purchased on CD. CD users receive updates twice a year.

To learn more about Chief, or to order the Thunderbolt online, please visit ChiefAutomotive.com



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