DEG partners with EstimateScrubber.com

VehicleOwnersGuide.com said its Estimate Scrubber (www.EstimateScrubber.com) portal is now integrated with the Database Enhancement Gateway (www.degweb.org). “We share the objective of the DEG to motivate improved estimating and blueprinting platforms. With integration of the DEG users can now scrub for omitted items, check for outstanding database inquiries, generate visual estimate summaries, and interact with industry vendors that provide promotional products / services, all in a single place at no cost by simply uploading an estimate printout”, said Steven Siessman, President of VehicleOwnersGuide.com. “Integrating the DEG with EstimateScrubber.com is a good way to bring the DEG to the daily shop workflow, when an estimate is being reviewed. Estimators can review any outstanding database issues and submit a database inquiry while the estimate is fresh on their mind. The DEG could be utilized much more throughout the industry. Many issues with today’s estimating systems still go unreported. The entire industry could benefit…

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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