Although spring is fast approaching, don’t forget these important tips on boosting shop efficiency during the Winter Driving Season. Just save them in your “toolbox” next to your W7150 for next year!
Winter weather and slippery roads can mean headaches and car damage for American drivers. For auto technicians, it means more work in the shop. According to Larry Gilliam, Collision Center manager, Karl Chevrolet in Ankeny, Iowa, this is when technicians and shop managers must be at the top of their game to create lifelong customers.
In Iowa, where the weather can change from 50 degrees and sunny to freezing rain and snow overnight, Karl Chevrolet sees some of the same vehicle damage day in and day out. The most common, according to Gilliam, are side and rear hits as well as plenty of front and rear bumper damage. For a technician, this means more disassembly work with impact wrenches, replacing quarter and rear body panels, drilling out spot welds and lots of grinding. Front-end repairs can be some of the most challenging. Because of the geometry, this part of the vehicle tends to shift more during a collision. Repairs requiring engine removal, a very intricate and technical process, requires lots of time.
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