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Ed Attanasio

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian.

 

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Friday, 27 August 2021 18:10

Blue Vista Data Partners with Industrial Finishes

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CEO Russ Ramsey at Blue Vista Data Systems (BVDS) recently entered into a working agreement with Industrial Finishes in order to make his system available to its clients throughout the West and Northwest. CEO Russ Ramsey at Blue Vista Data Systems (BVDS) recently entered into a working agreement with Industrial Finishes in order to make his system available to its clients throughout the West and Northwest.

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It happens every day at a busy shop. You are finishing a repair, and everything is going smoothly, and then you realize you don’t have the correct retainers and clips to complete the job.

The customer wants their vehicle back, but there is still one tiny metal piece left to complete the puzzle. It’s like clearing an airbag light or detailing the vehicle---that one little thing that can keep you from returning the car to the client.

 

For more than three decades, the people at Blue Vista Data Systems (BVDS) in Las Vegas, NV, have been developing efficient systems to keep track of all these small items and turn lost money into profits when it comes to clips and fasteners. Their system, available at www.bluevistadata.com, also enables shops to create documentation that can help them to get paid by their insurance partners.

 

To help their customers, BVDS recently entered into a partnership with Industrial Finishes, and the shops already using it are giving it five-star reviews across the board. Shop managers, estimators and other related personnel are praising the BVDS system for being user-friendly and featuring more than 30,000 retainers, broken down by location, OE designation and cost, complete with diagrams and specs for each.

 

Every auto body shop on the planet uses retainers with highly specific applications, and with more than 700 car models out there containing an average of 30 locations each, it’s a significant deal. Identifying and including them in the estimate is something many shops fumble, which means they don’t get paid in many cases.

 

Annually, the overall number of OE retainers spike because every time an OE gives a vehicle a facelift or re-engineers it, a whole new set of fasteners hit the market. If you’re not on top of it, you might be lost, especially if you’re working on a 2021 car, for example.

 

If you can’t charge for retainers and clips because you didn’t include them in the original estimate or a supplement, it can add up. Let’s say you fix 100 cars monthly, and on each repair, you eat $30 to $50 in retainers. That’s $36,000 to $60,000 annually---enough to...


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