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Repairers Gather for Education, Camaraderie and Fun at AASP/NJ’s Fall Kickoff Event


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An enthusiastic crowd of collision repairers from across the Garden State assembled at Car Lofts in Fairfield, NJ, on Sept. 14 for the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey’s (AASP/NJ) fall kickoff meeting.

In the words of Executive Director Charles Bryant, “It was great to see so many familiar faces come out to not only better themselves through valuable information, but also to stick around and socialize after the meeting! It’s encouraging to see our members taking the time to keep abreast of what resources are available to them.”


Attendees learned estimating best practices from Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg, who set out to equip the audience with “new information that you can use immediately and things you can access for free” to combat the challenging world of collision repair.


“Our jobs are becoming more complex due to vehicle sophistication,” he said, reminding repairers they aren’t “the only ones” who have been challenged by bill payers when billing for proper repair procedures.


Documentation can go a long way toward getting properly reimbursed, and this can be achieved by using SCRS’ Blueprint Optimization Tool (BOT) software, able to immediately analyze and identify items that might otherwise be overlooked on an estimate.


As Schulenburg explained using real world examples, the BOT was designed to make documentation of operations being performed easier for repairers by increasing accuracy and minimizing the need for supplements. Backing up a repair plan with data is critical in having a successful business, he explained.


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