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Settings in Your Estimating System

During the installation of your estimating system you preset many fields that can affect the estimate quality and possibly lead to undesirable results down the road.  Typically we determain these settings during installation and then forget about them until we have a problem. Clear coat cap/threshold and “bumper Refinish off the vehicle” are just 2 examples of the items than can cause issues down the road because we may have forgotten how we set up our estimating system during installation. Recently the DEG received an inquiry because the end- user was only receiving an additional .5 refinish labor for Three Stage and thought the time should be more. The response from Audatex was the three stage threshold was set to 2.5 hours and therefore the three stage time had reached its maximum.

DEG Inquiry 4564

Area Vehicle -Qtr/door/door - left side.


Issue Summary - After changing paint code from two stage to three stage - only an additional .5 hr was adding. The base coat time are increased on some parts but reduced on others. The three stage time is greater on some parts than the two stage but less on other.

Suggested Action - additional time needed for/proper calculation for three stage needed.

 

Audatex Response

The reason they are not getting more time is they have set the threshold to 2.5 hours for the three stage. The three stage threshold is not usually set at 2.5 hours. The system is functioning as designed. No changes warranted at this time.

So in this case the user needs to adjust the settings so there is no three stage threshold but what if you are receiving an estimate from an adjuster and you do not have that estimating system?? With this estimate you will see printed at the bottom the following message:

3.3 HRS WERE ADDED TO THIS ESTIMATE BASED ON AUDATEX'S THREE-STAGE REFINISH FORMULA.

USER DEFINED THREE-STAGE EXT. THRESHOLD OF 2.5 HRS WAS CALCULATED IN THIS ESTIMATE.

 

Two recommendations I have. First, know all three estimating system’s P-Pages or estimating guides. This would be for the systems you have but more importantly for the systems you do not have. Second I recommend doing a review of the settings in your estimating system. This will be time well spent because as you can see from the example above a simple setting can cause missing hours on the estimate.

You can visit the DEG website at www.degerb.org or contact us at admin@degweb.org

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