In response to requests from association members, the North Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR) and the South Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (SCACAR) decided to conclude the year with a series of three estimating courses.
The first two courses were held in November and set the stage for big things in the associations’ futures as they head into 2020.
On Nov. 16, NCACAR and SCACAR hosted their first estimating seminar in a three-part series at Guilford Tech in Greensboro, NC, featuring a live calibration demo and discussion with Jake Rodenroth and Kevin Dyk of asTech as well as a presentation by Michael Bradshaw of K&M Collision on “Estimating and Documentation.”
Over 50 collision repair professionals attended the first seminar in this series in order to learn about advanced estimating tactics. Josh Kent, executive director of NCACAR and SCACAR, kicked things off with an explanation about the purpose of both associations, and he stressed the importance of industry professionals obtaining continuing education.
NCACAR President Brian Davies emphasized his passion for the industry and his ultimate goal of “leaving the industry better than he found it” before introducing the first speaker of the evening, Bradshaw. Davies praised Bradshaw for all “the hard work that he has done in the state of North Carolina, from working with the department of insurance to blazing the trail towards a consumer-friendly collision environment for all shops.”
Brian Shaw, vice president of NCACAR, recounted Bradshaw’s presentation: “[Bradshaw] started by defining structural components on modern vehicles and the equipment and materials required to properly repair them. Bradshaw discussed how he prepares for the blueprinting of the vehicle and the resources he uses, such as www.DEGWEB.org, database procedure pages, oem repair manuals, oem1stop.com and I-CAR. He also went in depth with his own take on the steps required to replace a quarter panel and what is ‘included’ in the database procedure pages. This portion of the presentation was based on a repair performed at K&M, and the class was eager to discuss how the list of not-included items is too long for the database to list.”