Audatex Examines Impact of Bumper Cover Repair and Replace Decisions Winter 2011 Issue of Industry Trends Publication Highlights Benefits of Color-Coded Substrate Identification for More Efficient Collision Repair Estimating

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Audatex North America, Inc. today announced the release of its Winter 2011 industry trends publication, Audatex Directions. This issue's cover story provides new insight into bumper cover repair versus replace decisions and their impact on automotive insurance and collision repair practices.

Bumpers—both front and rear—represent some of the most commonly replaced parts in automotive collision repair. Because their costs vary greatly by make and model of vehicle, the process of understanding the total costs involved in their repair can be complex. The cover article spells it out clearly, with plenty of cost-related facts and figures, along with advice on training and certification, to facilitate the repair versus replace decision.

For a complimentary PDF copy of Audatex Directions, please visit: http://www.audatex.us/files/audatex_directions_feb2011.pdf

The Winter issue also showcases the ways in which Audatex implements its guiding principles: Think 80/20, Act 30/30 and Live 90/10.  

"These principles provide a blueprint for how we drive value for our customers and employees; reduce waste; and encourage accountability, teamwork and leadership," says Elias Olmeta, chief finance operational officer, Audatex North America. "The bumper cover feature story is about leveraging data and following the 30/30 principle to make an informed repair versus replace decision. In addition, it was our 80/20 focus and 90/10 leadership stance that resulted in the development of color-coded substrate identification, which is also covered in this issue and represents a key enhancement to our industry-leading 3D vehicle graphics."

The new 3D color-coded substrate identification is designed to improve estimating efficiency and accuracy, and is now available within the Audatex Estimating® software platform.  As reported in the Winter issue of Audatex Directions, this new capability helps collision repair professionals more accurately and easily identify substrate materials, and ensure that the right parts, equipment and procedures are used with every repair.

Other articles in Audatex Directions explore:

  • Vehicle total loss trends and repairable loss trends that illuminate the developments impacting the industry.
  • Advances in behavioral-based training to help older drivers reduce accidents and stay on the road longer.
  • New educational programs shaping the future of collision repair.

About Audatex North America, Inc.

Audatex is the leading global claims solutions provider serving the automotive industry. Active today across six continents, Audatex provides world-class claims solutions that help customers automate their processes; managing millions of claims each year efficiently and effectively, and resolving billions in claims settlements. Beyond a leading presence in automotive claims, our growing footprint also extends into the automotive related financial services and medical claims solutions markets. As part of the Solera group of companies, Audatex, Sidexa, Informex, ABZ, Hollander and IMS draw on unique global experience to develop and deliver the latest technologies, market intelligence and best practices on a local level. For more information, please refer to the Company's website at www.audatex.us.

SOURCE Audatex North America, Inc.



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