Annnnd 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.
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.
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.
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?”
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!