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See live demo of SCRS ‘BOT’ auto body estimating tool Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. ET

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

By John Huetter on July 28, 2020

Society of Collision Repair Specialists, Repairer Driven News

Repairers curious to see the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ new Blueprint Optimization Tool in action can tune in each Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. for special live demos, Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg said last week.

Wednesday, July 29, will be the first such installment. Shops don’t need to preregister; simply visit https://bit.ly/BOTDemo or call 1-872-240-3212 using access code 882-344-061 at 2:30 p.m

The “BOT” software allows a collision repairer to automatically apply the “SCRS Guide to Complete Repair Planning” to an estimate and identify overlooked items. The “Guide to Complete Repair Planning” includes more than 1,000 operations an auto body shop’s staff might be performing during a collision repair but forgetting to mention on the estimate.

Schulenburg told an SCRS open board meeting July 20 that the software provides a clear summary of which high- and low-frequency operations are absent from the estimate. An extensive repairer customization option lets each shop set labor and dollar values for the suggested operations and declare which ones they view as high- and low-frequency, Schulenburg told an Elite Body Shop Solutions webinar on Tuesday.

“No two BOT reports will ever look the same,” he said.

The repairer can simply copy these individual line items and paste them into the end of the estimate, Schulenburg said on the webinar. The software uses part code table functionality so the pasted estimate lines populate the appropriate part of a CCC estimate rather than putting them all at the bottom of the document, he said. For example, pasting the BOT’s suggestion of a fender liner R&I would cause that operation to appear in the fender section of the estimate.

Such organization resulted in a “more thorough, more accurate, more comprehensive repair plan,” Schulenburg told the webinar.

This sorting could also help avoid arbitrary insurer denials, Schulenburg suggested. He noted that appraisers sometimes just automatically deny manual lines they see added to the bottom of an estimate, dismissing those operations with terms like “‘fluff.'” Grouping those operations into the appropriate parts of an estimate rather than piling them on at the end meant the insurer had to actually review the document to “negate any of those,” he said.

“No more fluff,” webinar host Dave Luehr said.

Schulenburg on June 20 said SCRS plans to adapt the tool to work on Mitchell and Audatex as well. “We had to start somewhere,” he said.

“We’re on to the next estimating system,” BOT developer NuGenIT’s Pete Tagliapietra told the SCRS open board meeting. He said the hope is to deliver that expansion by the fourth quarter of this year.

Tagliapietra said NuGenIT planned to release a set of reports to teach collision repairers how their copy of the BOT had been used, what opportunities were being missed and the financial impact of those opportunities.

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