Monday, 14 March 2016 22:04

Audatex Says Seam Sealer is a Body Operation

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has pointed out that Audatex states in DEG inquiry number 1157 that seam sealer is a body operation.

"The Audatex database includes the labor for seam sealing where required per the OEM manufacturer service procedures and this labor is allotted in the body repair allowance not the refinish allowance. The cost of body materials are not addressed within the Audatex database." The Audatex time for replacement of a panel includes the labor to apply the seam sealer, but does not included the removal of the existing seam sealer per DEG inquiry 2951. 

The estimating databases are all intended to be used as a GUIDE ONLY - it is important to remember that the auto body professional performing the repair is in a position to thoroughly inspect, diagnose and identify the methodology and their unique cost of the vehicle damage repair.

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