Chief---TOP-BLOGS.jpgAnnnnd it’s gone! The past year came and went, and if you’re like us, you will spend the next 8 months trying to discreetly change that 6 into 7 when you write a check.(those of us that still write checks) 2016 was a big year for Chief, and the Collisionology Blog, so let’s take a look back at the blogs of 2016 that you thought were the best.

Auto Body Repair Tips: Estimating Front-End Damage

Front-end damage is one of the most common reasons people bring their vehicles to an auto body repair shop. It can be caused by everything from tapping a parking garage wall to a serious head-on collision. 

Trucks vs. Cars: The Difference in Collision Repair Equipment

America’s love affair with trucks continues. Month-over-month pickup sales are outpacing declining car sales. In fact, sales of light-duty trucks are up 8 percent year-over-year through August 2016. In that same time period, cars are down 8 percent. So what does that mean for you and your shop? You need the know-how and the right equipment to repair collisions on these increasingly popular vehicles.

Chief Frame Rack Accessories Add Versatility

If you’re in charge of the budget at your collision repair shop, you probably meet most requests for new equipment with a few questions of your own. You might try to gauge the ROI of the purchase or determine how often techs will use it, for instance. And you might ask, “Can we upgrade what we have instead?”

Sneak Peek: Unitized Body Analysis and Repair Planning Course

The best trained techs provide the best repairs. And when you work in an industry that goes through frequent transitions and adjustments, that training needs to be ongoing. Chief University is dedicated to providing up-to-date technician training, on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. One common thread across most major car manufacturers today is unibody design. Chief’s Unitized Body Analysis and Repair Planning  is designed for entry level and experienced structural repair technicians who require training in unibody vehicle analysis and repair planning.

Tips for Fast-and Safe-Repairs

Auto body repair shops have a couple of very important, and sometimes conflicting, priorities: speed and safety. You want to protect your collision repair techs at all times and your customers want to drive safe cars. But from a business standpoint, you also need to get jobs out the door. Luckily, with the right approach, it’s possible to speed up repairs while keeping safety top of mind.

And there you have it, the top 5 blogs decided by you, our customers, fans and distributors! Thanks for a great 2016, and we hope to make 2017 even better! Happy New Year!