In addition, attendees had the opportunity to attend various educational seminars and special events.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, an SCRS Repairer Driven Education (RDE) Series session was held, called "Capturing Every Procedure: What are you missing," led by Toby Chess of Kent Automotive; Ron Reichen, Precision Body & Paint; and Danny Gredinberg, Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG).
Panelists were present to provide information on creating an effective repair blueprint and how to have a blueprint that will impact profitability and morale. According to Chess, "Between Ron, Danny and myself, we have over 120 years of estimating experience. Today, we are helping estimators to better utilize their time and to increase gross profit."
Chess called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m., encouraging attendees to make repair plans that result in an increased gross profit. He said, “To increase profit, you either need to increase sales, lower cost, or do both.”
With technology expanding and 2020 now approaching, Gredinberg said shops should invest in a digital estimating program.
You can have the OEM procedures on one screen, and your repair plan on the other, he said.
“Our job as a repairer is to remanufacture a car properly,” Gredinberg commented. “To do this, you must reference the most up-to-date OEM procedures.”
Gredinberg encouraged shop owners to reference OEM procedures straight from the manufacturer. Third-party resources don’t contain everything, he added.
“The SCRS Guide to Complete Repair Planning is your bible,” said Reichen. “The document serves as a reminder for repair operations so you can minimize the need for a supplement.”