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Friday, 06 March 2020 19:29

SCRS Executive Director Shares Free Resources Available for Collision Repairers

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Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of SCRS Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of SCRS


There are many key components to running a successful collision repair facility. Body shop owners and managers often aren’t aware of the free resources available in the industry intended to help them operate their businesses effectively and efficiently. 

Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), recently shared some of the information the national organization provides the industry free of charge during a presentation he gave at the AkzoNobel North American Performance Group (NAPG) meeting, held in San Diego, CA. 
“There are a lot of opportunities for information exchange within the collision repair industry that we don’t take enough advantage of,” said Schulenburg. 
Established in 1982, SCRS represents more than 6,000 collision repair businesses and 58,500 specialized industry professionals. The mission of the organization is to educate, inform and represent the collision repair professional in all aspects of the industry.
Schulenburg discussed five free SCRS resources for collision repairers:
Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG)
The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) aims to help improve the quality and accuracy of collision repair estimates, through feedback from the collision repair industry and other “end users,” to the information providers (IPs) that supply the databases for the various estimating products.
It was developed in 2008 and is currently funded and managed by SCRS and the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP), along with some additional support from sponsors.
“The DEG is a really valuable tool for businesses in identifying errors, omissions and inaccuracies in the estimates that you might be writing in the estimate systems,” said Schulenburg. 
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