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Toby Chess

Toby Chess is an I-CAR program instructor, training specialist, and former salvage yard operator. Toby is universally known in the collision industry for his work with first responders and advocacy for body shops and consumers. He can be reached at tcspeedster@gmail.com.

 
Friday, 24 September 2021 16:50

Deciding When Used Parts are Appropriate in the Collision Repair Process

Written by Toby Chess

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Recently, I was training in an auto body shop in the Los Angeles area and noticed a used door for a vehicle repair in the technician’s stall.

Thursday, 11 March 2021 20:20

Kool Tools: Past and Present

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As you are all probably aware by now, SEMA 2020 went virtual---renamed SEMA360---and it prevented Kye and me from walking the floor looking for those unique items that we would obtain and test out for our Kool Tools of SEMA annual presentation.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 19:23

The Numbers Game: Are You Winning?

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Recently, I did an estimating class for a regional MSO. I gave seven estimators a simple estimate to write prior to the class.

Thursday, 19 March 2020 21:16

Kool Tools: SEMA 2019

Kye Yeung, Amber Alley and I walked the floor of SEMA 2019 to find more Kool Tools. As in the past, we found some interesting and unique tools that can save you and your shop time and money.

Thursday, 19 September 2019 21:25

Kool Tools: Pre-SEMA 2019

I have been conducting I-CAR mobile welding tests for 15 years now.

Thursday, 16 May 2019 16:30

Collision Repair Headlines Show Need for OEM-Recommended Procedures

Written by Toby Chess

On July 13, 2018, an Ohio appellate court rejected an auto body shop’s arguments in a $105,462 case where the body shop was convicted for failing to follow OEM procedures during a repair.

Thursday, 14 March 2019 22:24

Hey Toby! Kool Tools: SEMA 2018

Written by Toby Chess

It’s that time of the year again (sixth year in a row) for the article that all of you in the collision world have been waiting for—Kool Tools of SEMA 2018.

Recently, I was asked by a shop owner to put on a Squeeze Type Resistance Spot Welding (STRSW) clinic.

Friday, 17 February 2017 22:48

What to Expect From an OSHA Isocyanate and Lift Inspection

Written by Toby Chess

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You are sitting at your desk and an OSHA inspector walks in and wants to discuss your isocyanate protection program and inspect your lift.

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 21:50

Kool Tools from SEMA 2015

Three years ago, Kye Yeung and I walked the floors of the 2012 SEMA show looking for new products that most of us never get a chance to see. When we made a presentation at the Collision Industry Conference, the presentation became an instant hit among the audience. So, for the third year in a row, we walked the floor at SEMA 2015 looking for things that were unique and would make life in the body shop a little easier.

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