The Database Enhancement Gateway, which permits repairers and insurers to make inquiries and strategies of the estimating suppliers without charge, provides weekly suggestions for repairers on the Audatex, Mitchell and CCC packages on-line and thru the Society of Collision Restore Specialists’ electronic mail listing.
In the event you haven’t used the free service earlier than to submit questions on estimating collision restore work or simply browse responses to different service and store questions, test it out. It’s a great way to search out data supplier greatest practices and assist write essentially the most correct estimates or value determinations doable.
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CCC: Guide sectioning overlap changes
CCC’s MOTOR Information to Estimating P-pages entry for sectioning advises that generally, the work doesn’t embody an overlap consideration.
“Some sectioning operations are usually not topic to Overlap Operations listed within the Headnotes of various part teams,” CCC writes in a passage emphasised by the Database Enhancement Gateway with an April 12 tip. “Adjoining parts factored into Overlap Operation issues might not apply as a result of sectioning method being applied. Overlap deductions ought to be decided after an on-the-spot analysis as soon as part method has been decided.”
The DEG had beforehand highlighted this level in a response to a March 15 inquiry by a person concerning sectioning a 2019 Ford F-250 cab.
“When sectioning the LOCK PILLAR ( Cab Nook) and R/R Roof panel, the system is deducting -6.0 hrs,” the person wrote. The headnotes indicated this solely utilized when one eliminated and changed a full aperture panel “and never the part of the ‘LOCK PILLAR,’” the person wrote.
CCC replied that its time wasn’t meant to use to that sectioning labor.
“After evaluation of the priority, the R&R Aperture Panel with Roof off overlap operation is acceptable,” the knowledge supplier wrote.
“MOTOR can solely code to the primary part and never sectioning operations.”
The DEG directed the person again to the CCC P-pages.
“Please reference the P Pages of included and never included operations particular to the areas being changed / sectioned,” the DEG wrote. “Guide adjustment of labor instances and overlap could also be required to assist the proper time primarily based on the GTE ( P Web page logic) which can’t be self calculated in CCC.”
The DEG’s April 12 tip offered this screenshot of a word illustrating how an estimator may doc the absence of an overlap deduction:
Mitchell: Pulling again versus changing carpet
A DEG person on March 23 had requested if eradicating the carpet to entry the ground of a 2021 Ford Explorer was an included operation.
The person mentioned the Mitchell Collision Estimating Information P-pages describe pulling again the carpet. “Within the case that the carpet needs to be fully eliminated, is that this an included operation?” they requested.
Mitchell mentioned no. “Pull again the carpet is solely to tug it again out of the way in which to facilitate the restore,” it wrote. “Full elimination of the carpet is just not included in ground substitute.”
The DEG shared this trade in an April 19 tip. “All the time reference footnotes if a particular process and/ or operation is listed,” it wrote. “Footnotes take priority over the CEG logic.”
Audatex seam sealer exceptions
Audatex’s Database Reference Guide P-pages state that the act of changing a door shell consists of “Seam sealing (when required).”
However at the very least one exception exists, in response to an April 26 Database Enhancement Gateway tip.
“Audatex customers might discover contradicting data concerning labor operations,” the DEG wrote in regards to the door shell entry.
A March 30 DEG inquiry reveals an instance of this case within the wild.
A person complained Audatex’s 3.8-hour door shell substitute time for a 2019 Toyota Tacoma was inadequate for quite a lot of causes, together with doubtlessly seam sealer labor.
“Whole time to interchange door shell with switch and changing new parts took technician 5.8 hours plus further labor to arrange seam sealer tools, materials,” the person wrote. “Since software to create water tight seal is just included, simply this course of takes .3. Please make clear within the labor report the place the seam sealer software time is included wherein course of? … Seam Sealer to copy the oem look. is that included particularly within the shell R/R time with seam sealer being included for water tight.”
Audatex mentioned that opposite to the P-pages, it didn’t really embody the seam sealer on this door shell.
“We now have reviewed the present OEM data for the DOOR SHELL,FRONT (GN 0207/0208),” Audatex wrote. “The DOOR SHELL,FRONT (GN 0207/0208) labor allowance is okay as it’s. Audatex labor time solely consists of affordable adjustment for proper becoming. Seam sealer software time is included in any piece that the OEM service requires, per the OEM service data we’ve not added this time for the DOOR SHELL,FRONT (GN 0207/0208) as its is just not talked about. No change warranted at the moment.”
Audatex customers might double-check the standing of different door shell seam sealer with DEG inquiries, the DEG instructed.
“This means that it could be vital to substantiate whether or not Audatex has included the seam sealer,” the DEG wrote within the April 26 tip. “Inquiries associated to the inclusion of seam sealer on door shell replacements, might be submitted by means of the DEG, at www.degweb.org.”
The DEG additionally reminded customers that different associated variables aren’t a part of the estimating system time both.
“Materials prices, further labor to duplicate the manufacturing unit look, and software of corrosion safety (i.e epoxy primer) previous to seam sealer work are all NOT included within the labor time,” the DEG wrote.
CCC defines aiming headlights
CCC spelled out what it meant by “Headlamp Intention” in a response to an April 12 inquiry, the DEG mentioned in a Might 3 tip.
“Is verifying correct perform, checking tire inflation strain, cleansing the lamps, and including inside weight compensation included in headlamp aiming (0.3)?” a DEG person had requested a couple of 2015 Ford F-150.
The person proposed the labor could be extra like 45 minutes and instructed CCC “Add a p-page within the subsequent database replace or add operation clarification.”
CCC mentioned the time was 0.5 hours. It additionally obliged the person with specifics about what “Intention Headlamps” meant:
The estimated work time for “Headlamp Intention” consists of the next.
• Automobile staging (parked on degree floor)
• Alter to specs
The estimated work time for “Headlamp Intention” doesn’t embody the next.
• Part half substitute.
• Examine car for injury.
• Confirm Oil degree.
• Confirm Coolant degree.
• Confirm Tire Stress.
• Confirm Trunk & Automobile cargo elimination.
• Load “150 LBS” in Entrance Seat.
• Particular Tools Set-Up. (Minor formatting edits)
The DEG tip suggested that the work could possibly be much more technical than this.
“Earlier than finalizing a injury evaluation, all the time reference OEM restore data for required steps to carry out correct headlight aiming,” the DEG wrote. “Some OEM headlight aiming procedures could also be advanced, requiring non-traditional instruments equivalent to an OEM Scan device and/or particular measuring tools.”
Correct headlight restoration could be extra vital than outlets notice. Actually, even some OEMs won’t have acknowledged its significance till a short time in the past. The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security in recent times has discovered improper manufacturing unit aiming to be one of many major causes sure fashions produce inadequate — and doubtlessly unsafe — illumination.
CCC: Sure seat belt components mechanical
CCC confirmed this spring that two seat belt components on a 2019 Nissan Sentra deserved “M” mechanical classifications as a consequence of their relationship to SRS connections.
“MOTOR will examine some other occasion the place this might not be constant in different autos and replace accordingly,” the knowledge supplier wrote in response to an April 20 inquiry.
The DEG talked about the inquiry in a Might 10 tip and inspired repairers and insurers to search for different situations the place an “M” designation could be acceptable.
“CCC customers ought to be conscious that some SRS parts with a SRS squib connector might not present a ‘M’ classification,” the DEG wrote. “Customers ought to submit an inquiry by means of the DEG … for SRS parts with squib connectors that don’t present a “M” classification for the part.”
The DEG identified that CCC outlined mechanical parts as components “that rework one type of movement or vitality into one other. Mechanical parts would doubtless be serviced at a mechanical service facility somewhat than a physique restore facility if that part failed throughout regular operation.”
“Seal Belt Retractors and Buckles have SRS connection plug,” the April 20 person wrote about components on the 2019 Sentra. “As a result of it requires a technician with particular instruments and coaching (Mechanic), the system must designate a Mechanical image to those parts Entrance Seat Airbags lacking (M) desgnation as this SRS tools requires particular device and coaching.”
CCC mentioned that efficient June 1, “within the Restraint Programs group, Entrance Seat Belts subgroup” the buckle, belt and retractor could be described as mechanical components inside its software program.
“Sentra’s listing of ordinary security and safety features embody the Nissan Superior Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental entrance air baggage with seat belt and occupant classification sensors; entrance seat-mounted facet impression supplemental air baggage; roof-mounted curtain facet impression supplemental air baggage with rollover sensor for entrance and rear-seat outboard occupant head safety; 3-point entrance and rear seatbelts, entrance seat belts with pre-tensioners and cargo limiters and adjustable higher anchors; and LATCH System (Decrease Anchors and Tethers for CHildren),” Nissan wrote of the 2019 Sentra.
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A 2015 Ford F-150 stands Nov. 11, 2014, on the Ford Rouge Heart. (Offered by Ford)
CCC’s MOTOR Information to Estimating P-pages entry for sectioning advises that generally, the work doesn’t embody an overlap consideration. This word depicts how a repairer may point out the absence of 6.0 overlap on a lock pillar sectioning operation carried out together with changing a roof panel. (CCC screenshot offered by the Database Enhancement Gateway)
A 2019 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo is proven. (Offered by Nissan)