“Achievement of such aggressive weight reduction accomplished with advanced steels and design optimization will set a new standard for vehicle design approaches for the future.” – Cees ten Broek, a project director of WorldAutoSteel, announcing the results of that organization’s 3-year program to develop new lightweight designs for future production automobiles.
Need a copy of the estimating guides (often referred to as “P-pages”) for the Audatex, CCC Information Services or Mitchell International estimating systems. All three can be downloaded at no charge from the Database Enhancement Gateway website (www.DEGweb.org), which is jointly sponsored by three national collision repairer trade groups. Just click on the “Get Educated” […]
Speaking at an industry event this month, Greg Horn, vice president of industry relations for Mitchell International, discussed the impact that increases to federal fuel economy standards are having on automakers. In late 2009, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements were changed to require each automaker by 2016 (rather than by 2020, as earlier […]
The national average for body and paint labor rates has risen only modestly year-over-year since 2006, according to figures from CCC Information Services. The average body labor rate rose from $41.42 in 2006 to $44.67 in 2010, up an average of 2.1 percent per year (paint labor rates rose similarly). The national average hourly rate […]
Want to attract a little more attention for your business without spending a fortune? Here are few low-cost but potentially high-impact marketing ideas shop owners are trying. Dinner on the shop. One shop owner is trying to spend a bigger portion of his marketing budget during the tough economic times in his small community to […]