Cycle times, SOP’s, workshop management tools, welders that can be used to build the space shuttle, these are all important and interesting measures and devices that go to the diverse needs of running a bodyshop.
We can quickly lose focus on our purpose and sometimes its worth getting back to basics to get the process right first.
So first things first, what do we do? We repair cars. We are the experts. We are expected to know what to do to return the vehicle to its pre-accident condition. And this is where very early in the process some repairers can start going in the wrong direction.
Ezi Methods is one of the world’s leading on-line libraries of vehicle repair information for the body repair industry. Based on a ‘three click principle’ to get to the information you need, there simply isn’t a more efficient system available in the market. Log in and select the make, model and section of the vehicle and you have all the information you need to start creating your repair estimate.
Some will say, I know cars! They’ll write an estimate and order parts, then get stuck in to pulling the car apart. A few things then follow. Invariably as work progresses more information on the damage is uncovered and therefore a “supplementary” will need to go off to the insurer. This means there is a further chance of a “dispute” over repair costs, which in turn means the payment will be delayed and there goes your cashflow with a repair bay tied up while you wait for the information.
By using Ezi Methods you will clearly now see the parts you will need. Getting you parts order right the first time has several benefits. You’ll save time in ordering, your supplier will save time in only picking and delivering what’s needed, once! You’ll minimise returns, parts handling and storage.
Through your efficiency, you’ll be in the best position to negotiate your best deal with a supplier as they will know they’re not going to have multiple deliveries and returns (costs they would normally have to account for by reducing any discount you might get).
We are expected to know what to do to return the vehicle to its pre-accident condition. And this is where very early in the process some repairers can start going in the wrong direction.”
Having all the parts you need (the correct ones, the first time round) means you can complete the job and minimise “key to key” times, which means you can submit you invoice quicker and get that cashflow moving faster.
You also need access to other critical things on contemporary vehicles, such as ADAS information. This is also available with Ezi Methods.
As you will understand, no one system will have everything. However, Ezi Methods has one key feature and that is the Methods Request. If there is something you need that isn’t in the system, one click on the methods request tab and you’ll have a prepopulated email that you simply complete. The great thing for Southern Hemisphere customers is that email goes straight to England. They work on your request overnight and you come back to work the next day with the information you need in your email.
Available by annual subscription, Ezi Methods is the foundation tool you need to start the correct repair process.