Profitability for collision repair facilities is becoming scarce. With increased costs and mounting pressures to restrict your labour door rates, many shops are challenged to work better and more efficiently. As part of the "getting paid for what you do" practice, we are pleased to feature below some practical examples for making sure that everything you do to repair a vehicle is identified and itemized. The longer list of not-included items is available to add to your clipboard. Smaller lists are shown in our "News/events" page and in our "Members only" section. The other listing with labour times attached was supplied to us by a local shop that took our suggestions to heart. We are printing his supplied information as a courtesy to shops. Please understand that a shop can charge prices that they feel are fair and reasonable and the prices shown here are simply an example from one shop.

 

**Received from a Shop**

LIST OF MOST COMMONLY MISSED ITEMS WHEN
PREPARING A DAMAGE REPORT

1. Access Pull or Pre-Pull 1.0 hr per vehicle
2. Seam Sealer $30.00 per panel
3. Body Materials $3.00 per hour
4. Repair Pinch Welds after Benching 1.0 hr labour - 1.0 hr paint
5. Remove Rustproof or Coating
0.5 hr labour
6. Flex Parts Repair Kit $15.00
7. Restore Anti-Corrosion Coatings Krown/Rust Check
8. Remove and Re-Install Repaired Wheels 0.1 per hour
9. Remove Stripes, Decals and Adhesive 0.2 hr per panel
10. Remove and Re-Install Handles, Locks & Trim as in book/computer
11. Flexible Parts Additive 0.3 per hr or $15.00 per vehicle
12. Miscellaneous Hardware, Rivets, etc. $10.00 per vehicle
13. Weld-Tru Primer Protection
$3.00 per vehicle
14. Clean Broken Glass 1.0 - 1.5 per hour
15. Sound Deadening Spray or Pads 0.5 per hour or $25.00 per vehicle
16. Road Test for Safety if it applies 0.5 per vehicle
17. Paint Tinting / Paint Blending 1.0 per vehicle / 50% of refinish time
18. Door adhesive Kit $48.00 per panel
19. Rust Proof $20.00 per panel
20. Cover Entire Car for Painting Back mask openings
1.0 hr per vehicle
21. Light Sand and Buff 0.5 pr panel
22. Prep for Deliver 1.0 hr per vehicle
23. Waste Disposal $5.00 per vehicle
24. Bleed Brakes 0.5
25. Brake Fluid $6.95
26. Disconnect Electrical Components 0.5 per vehicle
27. Block Sanding Repaired Areas 20% of repair hours
28. Reprogram Digital Radio Clock Keyless Entry System 0.5 per vehicle
29. Paint Set-Up Time (Test panel) 0.5 per panel
30. Interior Shampoo $129.00 - $149.00 / 1 hr drying time
31. Storage 10 days free for preferred shops only
Storage Towing companies charge $60.00/day
and up to $125.00/day as per Mississauga News Dec. 2/01
32. Gravel Coat Material 0.5 / $10.00 - $15.00 per panel
33. Water Test 0.5 per panel
34. Measure body and report 1.0
35. Used Parts Additional "R" "Remove-Remove-Remove"
36. Clean used parts (extra) 1.0 per panel
37. Used Parts 30% extra
38. Tire Disposal $3.00 per car tire / $5.00 per truck tire

**Received from a Shop**

 

1) Spcl License Plate Frame
2) R&I A* Bag Sensor
3) R&I A'r Intake Components
4) R&I Battery
5) R&I Emblems/Nameplate
6) Retape Emblems/Nameplate
7) R&I Driving Lamps
8) Aim Lamps
9) Remove Molding
10) Remove Stripe Tape/Deca1s
11) R&I Valance
12) R&I Energy Absorber
13) R&I License Bracket
14) Drill to Install
15) R&I Accessory Items
16) Remove Molding
17) R&I Spoiler/Plares
18) R&I Body Sheet Metal
19) R&I Bolted on Parts
20) Adjust & Bleed Brakes
21) Brake Fluid
22) R&I Drive Train
23) Set-Up & Measure Unibody
24) Align Umbody
25) Align Strut Towers
26) R&I Electrical Wiring
27) Remove Existing Fuel/Store
28) R&I Fuel Tank
29) Replace Fuel
30) R&I Wheel
31) Remove Spcl Wheel Lock
32) Metal Finish
33) R&I Exhuast
34) Wheel Alignment
35) Set-Up & Measure Perimeter Frame
36) R&I Header Panel
37) Straighten Sway
38) Straighten Twist
39) Straighten Rail
40) Additional Set-Up
41) Straighten Diamond
42) Straighten X-Member
43) R&I Accessory Items
44) Adjust Belts
46) Coolant
46) R&I Mechanical Fan
47) Replace Transmission Fluid
48) Pressure Test System
49) R&I Adjacent Pane]s
50) Replace Fuse
51) Probe & Test Electrical
52) Thermostat/Gasket
53) R-12 Sealer
54) R-12 Freon
55) R-134 Freon
56) Add Spcl Oil
57) Replace O-Rings
58) Recover Refrigerant
59) Test For Leaks
60) Remove Bug Deflector
61) Replace Bug Deflector
62) R&I Spcl Hood Lock
63) Replace Insulation Retainers sixfive
64) Replace Information Labels
65) Replace Hardware
66) R&I Antenna
67) Addl Labor/Fit Non-OEM
68) Retape Molding
69) R&I Splash Guard
70) Stripe Tape
71) Stripe Painted
72) Prepare LKQ/Degrease
73) Flush System
74) Additive for Aluminum
75) R&I Washer/Coolant Reservoir
76) Replace Washer Fluid
77) Weld Thru-Primer
78) Replace Seam Sealer
79) Disable SRS for Repairs
80) Addl Clear/Coat
81) R&I Air Intake Assy
82) R&l Carpet/lnsulation or Seat
83) R&I Dash
84) R&I Electrical Wiring
85) Mask Compartment
86) Degrease & Prepare
87) Sizing Prior to Installation
88) Anticorrosion Material Inner
89) Anticorrosion Material Outer
90) Prepare Welds for Refinish
91) Flex Additive
92) R&I Front Bumper
93) Straighten Mash
94) Refinish Structure Repair
95) Refinish Pinch Welds at Rockers
96) Drain Fluids
97) Oil & Filter
98) Adjust Linkage
99) Road Test
100) R&I Brake Calipers
101) Replace Pads/Shoes
102) R&I Drive Train Componets
103) R&I Stabilizer Bar
104) R&I Steering Linkage
105) Lubrication
106) R&l Axle/Carrier
107) Adjust Vehicle Height
108) Install Shim(s)
109) R&I Steering Column
110) R&I Optional Sound Equipment
111) Straighten Inner Panel(s), Bracket
112) R&I Luggage Rack
113) R&I spcl Roof Covering
114) Installation Material
115) Clean Up Broken Glass
116) Window Adhesive Removal
117) Window Kit
118) Mount Glass to Regulator
119) Mounting Rivets
120) Recode Lock Cylinder
121) R&I Mirror
122) R&I Passive Restraint
123) R&I Belt Molding
124) K&l Handle Outside
125) R&I Lock
126) Replace Sound Panel
127) Trial Fit
128) Straighten Window Frame
129) Refinish Window Frame
130) R&I Control Cables
131) R&I Door
132) R&I Fuel Lines
133) R&I Molding
134) Prepare Sleeve for Section (I-Car)
135) Remove Seam Sealer
136) R&I Headliner
137) R&I Hinge (Welded)
138) Hinge Plate Transfer
139) R&I Roof Rail Moldings
140) R&I Dash
141) R&I Windshield
142) Blend Roof
143) Gravel Guard
144) Blend Rocker
145) Flush LKQ Fuel Tank
146) Loosen Rusted/Frozen/Broken Bolts
147) Clean Up Hazardous Spill (EPA)
148) Refinish Fuel Door
149) Straighten Wheel House
150) Clean Up Before Refinish
151) R&I Speaker
152) Blend Rear Body
153) R&I Power Lock Assy
154) R&I Louver Option
155) R&I Bed Liner
156) R&l Cap
157) R&I Gate
158) R&I Running Board
159) Feather/Fill & Sand
160) Tint to Achieve Color Match
161) Cover/Mask Entire Exterior
162) Cover/Mask Recessed Edges/Jambs
163) Blending Next Panel
164) Sand Urethane/Buff to Match OEM
165) Fine Line Tape Moldings/Trim
166) Spray Test Panel
167) Detail to Accident Condition
168) D&R Battery
169) D&R Computer for Welding
170) Initial Pull/Access
171) R&I Battery Tray
172) Test Drive
173) Mount/Balance
174) Valve Stem
175) Tire Removal (EPA)
176) Oil Removal (EPA)
177) Coolant Removal (EPA)
178) Adhesion Promoter
179) Replace Bulb
180) Replace Strip Caulk
181) Replace Clamp(s)
182) Repair/Blend Adjacent Panel(s)
183) Reset Electronics
184) Rail Add-On Visor
185) Transfer Striker Plate
186) 2 Wheel Alignment
187) 4 Wheel Alignment
188) Repair Wiring
189) Replace Fasteners
190) Spcl Prime Pinch Welds.
191) Straighten Mash
To Be Included On Every Estimate When Applicable

 

Here are some items that are NOT included in the replacement of a bumper on either of the information systems.

1) Flex additive
2) Two tone(refer to manual for formula)
3) Tint(one or two colours , a separate charge for each)
4) Drill labour (to mount parts or modify)
5) Optional lamps (fog or cornering lamps)
6) Aim headlights ( if necessary)
7) Aim fog lamps
8) Bumper guards or impact strips. Cut out/modify for parts like tow hooks or accessories
9) Stripes or decals or other accessory items
10) Impact absorbers (labour is almost always extra)
11) Clear coat or three stage additional time
12) Colour/sand and buff time
13) Access time(if you can't easily access bolts)
14) Miscellaneous clips and fasteners that cannot be reused
15) Removal of protective coatings for the paint process

Here is a list of items that are NOT included in hood replacement times:

1) Transfer or replacement labour for the hood insulator
2) Replacement of underhood decals
3) Replacement of outer emblems or ornaments
4) Remove the hinge from the from the vehicle
5) Replacement of the hood latch and catch
6) Clear coat both outer and inner surfaces
7) Remove protective coatings
8) Stripes or decals, remove and replace
9) Access time to open hood of "crashed" vehicle
10) Tint time. Also time for 3 stage if required
11) Colour/Sand/buff
12) Mask for Overspray

*from a shop*