Estimating Tip: CCC, Mitchell and Audatex- Cleaning of spilled fluids Cleaning of spilled fluids in the repair facility and the vehicle due to accident damage is NOT INCLUDED in all three-estimating system. Mitchell Response DEG Inquiry 18351 “Thank you for your inquiry, Cleaning spilled or leaked fluids caused by an impact has not been factored into the labor allowance.” CCC/MOTOR response DEG inquiry 18350 “Clean up of fluids leaked on the vehicle or the workspace caused by a collision is not included. “ Audatex response DEG Inquiry 18349 “Because each vehicle´s collision damage is unique, Audatex labor values do not include time to clean spilled or leaked fluids.”
Estimating Tip: Mitchell – Seam sealer on welded panels Not all estimating platforms handle seam sealer on welded-replaced panels the same. In Mitchell addresses their unique approach in the MITCHELL CEG “Procedure Explanations” for the specific panel you are replacing. The example below is shown for a truck bed “Side Panel R&R”. Pickup Bed, Side Panel R&R includes to remove caulking / seam sealer and replace caulking/ seam sealer to obtain water sealing properties. Pickup Bed, Side Panel R&R does NOT INCLUDE labor for “Apply caulking/seam sealer for additional sound deadening and/or to replicate original factory appearance, texture or color.” Materials are NEVER included in published labor times.
Estimating Tip: CCC/ MOTOR- Guide to Estimating 2020/ 2021 Revision Update DEG Users can now find an updated version of MOTOR Guide to Estimating (GTE)in a downloadable PDF document link in the “Estimate Toolbox”. All changes in the current GTE document are marked in blue text. DEG users can find this document by visiting www.degweb.org > Click on “ESTIMATE TOOLBOX” in the navigation bar, and click on “CCC”. Users can select either of the updated 2020 links for MOTOR GTE and RACED GTE (Recycled Assemblies). Both links can be viewed and saved as a PDF. For the most up to date Guide to Estimating, CCC has a LIVE version available with an easy to navigate and search function.