Mitchell- Protecting exterior of vehicle during body repairs Recent DEG Inquiry 19031 states “Allowances for replacement of welded panels include consideration for covering/protecting the interior of the vehicle from damage during welding. Masking of adjacent exterior panels, suspension is not factored into the consideration.”
CCC- Refinishing Jeep Wrangler/ Gladiator Flares Repairers having to refinish late model Jeep Wrangler / Gladiator fender / bedside flares will need to mask the textured, unpainted areas. The labor to mask the textured areas is INCLUDED per CCC/MOTOR Refinishing Time Premise >> Bumper covers and other flexible components “Masking the grained, textured, or non-body color portions in preparation for body color application is an included operation.” Two Recent DEG Inquiry 19008 & Inquiry 19016 have led to labor updates on the refinishing time, increasing it from 1.2 to 1.8 hours on the front and 1.6 hours on the rear flares. The increased labor time was adjusted to account for the additional masking operations. Additional note: Masking of textured areas on any flexible component is only included 1 time. If additional masking is needed, this would require an on-the-spot evaluation. All material costs associated with masking are NOT INCLUDED.
CCC, Mitchell and Audatex- Retrieving remnants of rivet/ debris Some components may require drilling out rivets and punching the rest of the rivet which may cause the backside to fall into a cavity or enclosed area. Any additional labor to remove components/ trims to gain access to remove the debris is NOT INCLUDED in all three estimating systems. Information from all three information providers can be found here CCC Inquiry 18914 Mitchell Inquiry 18918 Audatex Inquiry 18919