“There are two methods of overlap deduction. They are:

• Guide Number Order: This method will include an operation on the lowest guide number first and then not count it on any higher guide number.
• Internal Labor Coding: In this method, labor operations are internally coded within the Audatex system. Related groups of operations that are collectively required to perform one specific operation are internally coded to allow the Audatex estimate to include commonly performed operations. When this type of coding is done and the main operation has been included in the estimate, the subordinate operations will generally be accounted for in that main operation. If the main operation is not selected, the subordinate operations will be accounted for by the guide number order method.

Inner panel labor is with outer welded panel removed. The labor on the estimate for these parts is after applicable overlap is deducted.”

The estimating databases are all intended to be used as a GUIDE ONLY – it is important to remember that the auto body professional performing the repair is in a position to thoroughly inspect, diagnose and identify the methodology and their unique cost of the vehicle damage repair.

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