Product News (223)
Ask Bob Sipos of Chardon Square CARSTAR in Chardon, Ohio, how his shop is doing, and he can quickly rattle off a slew of current statistics that go far beyond monthly sales: productivity per technician, paint booth cycle time, gross profit per hour, sales per stall or per square foot.
Auto body repair shops throughout are using simple desktop technology to automatically update and send vehicle status reports directly to insurance companies online. By doing so, they are not only reducing phone calls and alleviating paperwork, they are actually improving their relationships with insurance companies by making it faster and easier to file and track claims reports.
When a hazardous waste hauler picks up the 50 gallon drums of used solvent from your shop, you are relieved all of further responsibility for that hazardous liquid waste, right?
USI Italia, one of the world's leading spray booth manufacturers, used NACE 2002 to introduce its latest spray booth, the USI Chronotech, to the U.S. market. This newest generation of spray booths has been "road tested" throughout the world and features a revolutionary step in the paint curing process that saves a considerable amount of energy while producing greater throughput than traditional spray booths.
BASF has announced that its flagship Glasurit® line of auto refinishes has been chosen for the new Maybach luxury vehicle from DaimlerChrysler. That's right - refinish products on new vehicles.
Shops looking for ancillary income might consider applying rain/snow repellant to customer's windshields. A new advanced rain-repellant application that reduces glare and enhances driving visibility in the rain, AquapelGlass Treatment, is available to auto body repair shops nationwide.
Finding quality aftermarket parts has been an on-going burden for the collision repair industry. In many cases, collision repair owners must order parts with the hope that they will fit properly and the repair will go smoothly. Whereas consumers depend on brand names as a sign of dependable quality, there are very few branded aftermarket parts an auto body shop owner can count on.
The marketing people call them "dog and pony shows." The home office staff travels around the country to help the field staff explain to customers what's new and exciting about their products and services. BASF's annual show came to Los Angeles in March, and the 100 attendees enjoyed both a first-class meal and an exciting look at BASF's newest refinish technologies, particularly its new line of UV primers and clearcoats.
Chisum, a leading manufacturer of frame equipment, has introduced the Mustang, the world's latest drive-on frame machine. Featuring 30 tons of 360 degree pulling power, the Mustang provides over 200 tie-down positions for virtually unlimited holding options. It features front and rear removable crossmembers for easy access to vehicles.
With the spring hail season upon much of the country, Dent Wizard announced that they would utilize CSi Complete's customer satisfaction indexing program as a component of overall marketing, management and measurement efforts.