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LIABRA, ABCG Feb. Meeting Features Presentation by Body Shop Rescue

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 LIABRA and ABCG's February meeting was well-attended. LIABRA and ABCG's February meeting was well-attended.

On Feb. 19, the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) and the Auto Body Craftsmen’s Guild (ABCG) held their February General Meeting at Barry’s Auto Body in Staten Island, NY, hosted by Barry Crupi, owner of Barry’s Auto Body.


According to ABCG Executive Director Ed Kizenberger Jr., “The meeting was open to all members, their spouses and employees as well as non-members and industry participants. The meeting was very well-attended with standing room only.”


The meeting commenced at 7 p.m. with Kizenberger introducing Crupi and thanking him for his hospitality. He reminded members that their independent adjuster’s license renewal was due in December and must be handled as soon as possible.


Kizenberger also reported that the New York State Legislature passed a new law on sexual harassment, which requires each shop to certify that all employees have received sexual harassment training. Kizenberger distributed training workbooks on the topic and reviewed the training process.


Next, Bill Vallely and Frank Sebastiano of Body Shop Rescue provided a two-hour seminar on improving estimating skills, including how a proper appraisal should be prepared. Vallely emphasized that the estimate should tell the story of how the vehicle will be prepared.


Sebastiano added, “I hate the word estimate; an estimate is just a guesstimate! You should be writing an itemized appraisal. The end goal of the appraisal should be a blueprint of every operation and part necessary to make the repair.”


Reminding attendees that they are responsible for the vehicle’s repair, Vallely stressed the importance of using OEM procedures to avoid issues.


He stated, “You must plan your work correctly and use standard operating procedures (SOP) so you don’t miss any procedures.”


“Before looking at the damage, look at the whole car and note any old damage or non-quality repairs, as well as damage transferred to other areas of the car from the impact,” Sebastiano noted. “You should prepare an itemized estimate of each part that needs to be repaired and replaced within your appraisal. Don’t forget trial fit for discovery and analysis of damage.”


Body Shop Rescue’s presentation concluded with a review of refinish time, which is often a forgotten operation. Vallely encouraged attendees to check their estimating system for the correct percentage of time for these operations, including variants, multiple maskings, multiple car covers and feather prime and black. Vallely and Sebastiano then answered questions from attendees.


Before and after the meeting, attendees enjoyed pizza and refreshments provided courtesy of Enterprise Auto Rental.


LIABRA and ABCG’s March General Meeting will be held at Huntington Volvo in Huntington, NY, on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. It will feature a collision repair workshop by Ford Motor Company as part of the associations’ ongoing commitment to OEM repair training. For more information, visit liabra.org.

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