Auto Repair Estimate – What Is an Estimate – Auto Estimator Training For Beginners – Part 1

Auto Repair Estimate – What Is an Estimate – Auto Estimator Training For Beginners – Part 1


hello Donnie Smith here and today we’re talking about auto repair estimates what is an estimate auto repair estimates are called different things including damage report damage has been auto estimate are several other names but they are all basically the same thing however a damage estimate is more than just a sheet of paper listing the total repairs on it an estimate is a contract or an agreement between two people just like with real estate the owner and buyer must agree on a price and sign a contract of their agreement a damn damage estimate is the same way in many ways as there should be an agreement between a shop and owner of the car and they need to sign the agreement to authorize the repairs to be made on the vehicle one thing that you need to explain to the customer as an estimator which is misunderstood many times is that the total amount is just an estimate auto repair estimates do not guarantee the exact amount of the final invoice or maybe hint and damage or other factors that may change before the car is completed as an estimator does your job to have act excellent communication skills and communicate to the customer you may need to let them know that the estimate is subject to hidden damage and you may must also understand that the estimate or sign agreement is only good for the items that are written on the estimate if additional items are needed people need to contact the customer and agree on a new amount this is called supplement which may may include additional parts or labor as needed methods used to write estimates we use a to write at we used to write estimates by hand using Mitchell estimating guides this involved writing all the damage on an estimate and look in the estimating guide to get the parts and prices and labors needed to complete the estimate computer-generated estimates have simplified and taken over the handwritten estimates but when learning how to estimate I believe it is crucial turn on all the basics first which required estimating guide it blinks the paper and a pen learning to handwrite estimates the foundation of becoming an effective estimator just like building a house you must have a strong foundation an estimator must master the basics first the sequence of the estimate most estimating guides and computer systems are set up with the same sequence that is starting at the front bumper cover and ending with the back bumper cover this is important to know as you as you want to write the estimate in this same order to write a clean sheet for example if you’re writing an estimate on a car that has damage in the front end start with the front bumper cover and move towards the back one part at a time for example front bumper cover front grille right front fender and so on now when you use your guide it will be easy to follow along adding the prices and labor times this is design for the perspective of a collision repair shop and every shop will need someone to write estimates for the customers that bring cars in bit neither your car’s repaired and also insurance companies have estimators as a estimator for insurance company may be called an auto estimator or for auto appraiser and that pretty well wraps up lesson 1


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