DEG News, Fender Bender

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

DEG News, Fender Bender, SCRS

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


Building A Better Estimate

With the release of the SCRS Guide to Complete Repair Planning, the topic of professional estimate writing has once again taken center stage in the industry. Just like the long-running Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG), the new SCRS publication is a completely free tool provided to shops to help them better document the work they perform – and better demonstrate why they are charging for certain repair procedures. Used together, the DEG and SCRS guide are helping shops throughout the country earn more well-deserved money each and every day. But how many shops are truly using these free services? Is widespread apathy destroying the industry’s greatest opportunity to gain financial strength? This month, we touch base with new DEG Administrator Arthur Harris, former SCRS Board member and veteran auto educator Toby Chess and Hammer & Dolly technical writer Larry Montanez for a frank discussion on why repair shops may be their…