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.

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 11:41

Toby Chess Shares Best Practice Documents for Collision Repairers

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This is the first installment of Toby Chess's newsletter, in which he will share more than 100 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for auto body shops, tools, trends in repair and anything he thinks could help shops improve.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 14:02

The Evolution of Dent Repairs

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From the Ford Model T until the 1970s, dents were a two-sided operation. You would push from the inside with a dolly and hammer on the outside until you had a semi smooth panel.

Friday, 24 September 2021 09:50

Deciding When Used Parts are Appropriate in the Collision Repair Process

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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 12:20

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 11:23

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 14:16

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 14:25

Kool Tools: Pre-SEMA 2019

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

Thursday, 16 May 2019 09:30

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 15:24

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.

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