It is important for estimators to use the database with “estimate sequence” in mind, which is the order that the repair plan is developed: front to back or back to front. Following the sequence provided by the database will also allow the database to properly calculate any overlap for adjacent panels for both refinish and panel replacement procedures.

The DEG has made a video tutorial of how to make profile setting adjustments or sequence setting inside the estimate itself, and what to look for when writing in the proper order of overlap deductions.

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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