DEG Estimating Tip

Mitchell: Windshield-mounted ADAS (Advance Drivers Assist Systems) – When R/I or R/R of windshield is selected, ADAS Systems (i.e., cameras and sensors mounted to the glass) are not included in glass labor time unless otherwise noted in the Procedure Explanation section.

Cameras and Sensor option may be added using the “Add to” section in the parts selection menu or a manual entry may be considered.

Check with the OEM work shop manual to determine if required calibration process must be performed following installation of the glass. It is also important to verify and only use OEM-approved urethane for the bonding process.

Access to OEM work shop information manuals can be located or visiting


Mitchell, CCC, AudatexStoring electrical presets and redeploying customer presets – Modern vehicle technology may have memory function set by the vehicle owner which may need to be considered during the repair process. Memory functions may include the following: seat position, radio presets, clock, mirrors and ADAS features (Advance Drivers Assist Systems). Customers rely on these settings to be restored as they were when the vehicle arrived to the repair facility. Documenting and resetting these features are NOT included in labor times from all three estimating systems.

A good check-in process will document these settings prior to starting repairs, as well as communicating with the vehicle owner to make them aware of the possibility of losing certain presets during the repair process.


Audatex: Extending clear coat to nearest breaking point or panel – There is no set formula when a user must extend clear coat on an adjacent panel(s) breaking point.

Section 4-4 of the DBRM states the following: “When the estimator enters a judgment time for refinish labor, the estimator also determines the included operations. Operations that might be considered in the repair refinish time include any steps required to bring the panel to the condition of a new, undamaged panel. This may include feather edge, blow off and clean, mask to prime, tack off, mix etch primer, prime bare metal, mix and apply primer filler, guide coat application, unmask as required and block sand. Panel scuff to facilitate application of clear may also be considered for two- or three-stage refinish.”

Section 4-4 of the DBRM also states the following is included with the “two-stage” allowance: Cover the car, tack wipe, gather materials, mix and apply clear coat, clean-up.  Removing the surface refinish labor and only leaving the “two-stage” labor is not the correct method of calculating extension of clear coat on adjacent panels to a break point. Preparation accounts for 43.6% of the refinish labor alone.

In a RDN article on 1/9/2015, AudaExplore shares stats from its all-inclusive refinish times. The article can be found by visiting:


CCC: Sectioning time not listed in database – Some OEMs allow parts to be sectioned or partially replaced at a factory seam. When this repair option is being considered and no section time is available, the user can still enter a manual entry labor time agreed upon by all parties and still show “section” on the estimate to be compliant. It is important to follow OEM procedures and bulletins posted by the OE to ensure proper repairs are being completed.



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