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IPs Get On Board With Raw Bumper Prep

Following strong urging from the Database Enhancement Gateway, major information providers have begun to include raw bumper prep in their estimating systems. Getting properly paid for the work that goes into every aspect of a vehicle’s repair is a critical piece of running a successful body shop. But if estimating systems can’t offer a clear calculation for a specific job, getting paid can take a bit of extra effort—and it often does. One specific procedure—the preparation of raw, or unprimed, bumper covers—has been missing from estimating systems for years, requiring repairers to manually calculate rates and haggle with insurers over the repair cost. The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) is trying to make that problem a thing of the past, and a recent report shows it’s making progress. “We brought this up as a significant deficiency,” says Arthur Harris, administrator of the DEG. Read the Full Story Here

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Question and Answer with Fender Bender Magazine

Arthur Harris Administrator of the Database Enhancement Gateway courtesy Arthur Harris The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG), launched in 2008, was a collective effort on behalf of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), the Association of Automotive Service Providers (AASP) and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS). It was created to give repairers an efficient means of creating solutions for problems found in today’s estimating systems. Information providers (IPs) do a good job of continually updating their systems, but new vehicles and repair processes change constantly. It’s extremely difficult for IPs to get everything 100 percent accurate for what are literally thousands of vehicle options and repair scenarios, says Arthur Harris, administrator of the DEG. Read the full article here

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AkzoNobel 20 Group invests in DEG and industry training

Jake Weyer June 22, 2011 — AkzoNobel Acoat selected Titanium National Performance Group this week announced plans to donate $3,000 for Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) improvements and continuing education through the March Taylor Memorial Fund. For the first initiative, the 20 Group is offering a $1,000 grant, to be allocated between three individuals who submit the best ideas for database improvements this year. DEG and Titanium Group members will set the criteria and determine the measurement of contribution for each award. Submissions can be made at The Titanium Group will also support the DEG’s ongoing efforts with an additional $1,000 matching grant. The March Taylor contribution is another $1,000, made to promote continuing education in the industry. Additional donations can be made to the March Taylor Memorial Fund by calling 509.543.7773. Read the full story here…