Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:45

AASP/NJ Members Earn Auto Body License Renewal Certificates via Virtual Training Event


Members of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) earned certificates Sept. 3 that can be used toward their auto body license renewal this fall by attending “Truck Bedside Replacement: OE Procedure and Estimating Considerations,” the association’s virtual training event presented by Larry Montanez of P&L Consultants LLC.

Montanez walked attendees through a step-by-step estimating process designed to help ensure that shops will receive fair reimbursement for properly repairing vehicles to OEM standards. He used estimates for the bedside panel replacement on both a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck and a 2019 model to demonstrate all that should be involved.


Montanez offered a different approach to viewing the estimating process, referring to it as the creation of a damage report.


“I call it that because it is not an educated guess. You have to go through a lot of different steps---informational steps, thinking steps and even a peer review to figure out exactly what an accurate estimate or damage report will be.”


To accomplish this goal, repairers should gather all the facts at the start of compiling the damage report. This involves making an assessment of the damage, analyzing the loss and taking a close look to see if weather and road conditions were involved.


Montanez reminded repairers of the importance of following the processes correctly to avoid the risk of not getting paid for procedures. He also urged them to remember that once a shop repairs a vehicle, it owns that repair in its entirety for life.


“Be as accurate as possible. Look up your information. Don’t assume anything.”

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