Accurate estimates and thorough damage analysis is the foundation of a successful body shop. That’s why our ICAR certified estimators take a detail-oriented, methodical approach to these processes. The benefit to you is a repair of the highest quality.
You may be wondering – what’s the difference between Estimating and Damage Analysis?
Estimating vs. Damage Analysis
Estimating – Defined as a Visual Damage Quote. It’s a “best guess” concept instead of an accurate analysis of the damage.
- Drivable vehicles qualify for an estimate
- The estimator will record damage that he can see or touch
- The estimator is not looking at or assessing the structure for damage
Damage Analysis – Defined as a comprehensive assessment of the damage to a vehicle both inside and out.
- Only vehicles that will be repaired at Arnold’s or if prior arrangements have been made to pay for the cost of the analysis (it can take as long as 8 hours!)
- Both drivable and non-drivable vehicles qualify
- All primary & secondary damage is recorded, measured, and photographed
- Damaged & undamaged parts are removed, inspected, and recorded
Arnold’s Written Damage Analysis
Arnold’s Damage Analysis includes information about:
- How the vehicle will be repaired;
- What parts will be replaced or repaired;
- What the structure damage consists of;
- What the mechanical damage and operations are about;
- How much of the vehicle will be refinished;
- Approximate repair time in clock hours and/or days;
- Cost of repair;
- List of questionable items that will affect the time and cost of repairs;
- Other Contingencies.