My Popular Tow Bill Helper Software is Now New and Improved

May 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Collision Repair Industry 

For all of you using my Tow Bill Helper software, a long overdue overhaul is finally here. I’ve completely rewritten the software from scratch, making it more versatile and adding many features. The software can now be used to write invoices of any kind, not just tow bills. If you have been having a hard time getting paid a markup on sublet tows, this software will solve that problem. Read on, an I’ll give you a quick overview of the new Tow Bill Helper 2010.

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CCC: Helping Insurers Nickel and Dime You To Death

April 5, 2010 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Collision Repair Industry 

Have you seen this yet?

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Yes, your good friends at CCC are at it again. While you were working hard trying to eke out an existence repairing cars, CCC was conspiring with insurers to whittle down paint times again. First the bumper prompt reappears, now this new gem.

This little window popped up on me for the first time the other day when I entered a hood replacement in a Pathways estimate. What a surprise.

Apparently some appraiser saw one of those rare instances where a hood had just been painted around the outside edges underneath. You know, where the hood insulation doesn’t cover? Looking for some brownie points this person brought this information to the idiots in the suits and suits pressured CCC to come up with a new time chiseling prompt. What company do you think it was? Nationwide? I believe they were the scoundrels behind the bumper prompt reinvention.

Are you ready for your very own estimating system yet? As long we keep using estimating software paid for by insurers, we will continue to see these cost cutting options.

The sad part is that Pathways is still the best of the big three.

If anyone has any information on this new prompt, please post it here. I’m not going to bother calling CCC. It would be a complete waste of time.

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More New Software. Diminished Value Calculator

March 3, 2010 by · 11 Comments
Filed under: Collision Repair Industry 

I have had many requests from people wanting to buy my diminished value calculator software separately from my BodyShop Office suite. And one of the most popular keyword searches that bring people to this site is “Diminished Value Calculator.” So here it is. I’ve finally created a separate application.

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New Tool From BodyShop Solutions: Supplement Request Generator

January 9, 2010 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Collision Repair Industry 

I’m sure I’m not the only person fed up with insurers causing us more work. The recent trend of insurers demanding supplement requests be in writing, and on their own forms, got me a little fired up. In protest I managed to anger Geico enough that they threatened legal action. They don’t like their logo being desecrated (I used some digital magic to make the gecko on the top of their supplement request form flip Geico staff the bird.) and hired some high profile legal firm from Washington DC to let me know it. Liberty Mutual may not know it, because I haven’t had the chance to use it yet, but I’ve defiled their supplement request form also. Their logo of Liberty holding a torch has been changed to Liberty giving the middle finger salute.

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