20 Years Ago in the Collision Repair Industry (May 1998)
The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) task force considering alternatives to the current method of calculating shop compensation for paint materials has drawn up a list of proposed guidelines for any new paint materials calculations system.
The task force, which includes collision repairs, insurers, auto and paint manufacturers and estimating system providers, has called for a system that:
• is based on surface area of the part being refinished, as provided by the manufacturer of that part;
• includes no caps;
• uses a multiplier for repaired (versus new) panels;
• includes as “refinish materials” only those items listed as such in the Mitchell guide;
• includes all refinish surfaces or areas with no deduction for overlap of adjacent panels;
• includes a blend allowance that averages 50 percent of materials calculated for full painting of a panel; and
• offers different allowances based on the use of different VOC-content products.
Representatives of CIC and the task force said some members of the industry have voiced concerns about changing the current system. But Phil Cunningham of Motor Information Systems pointed out that the changes are inevitable. His company’s customers, he said, have asked Motor to create a refinish materials estimate system, just as Mitchell International has.