OEM’s may require specific hardware and fasteners to be replaced every time they are removed from the vehicle for repairs. This may include Clips, Rivets, nuts, bolts and washers. The costs of these are not included and would need to be considered for the estimate/repair plan being made.

All three information providers do not list out every bit of hardware and clips in the database. It is important to reference the OEM workshop manual as well as the OEM EPC (electronic parts catalog) for correct part number and notes. Any person that runs across missing information in the estimating system should submit a DEG inquiry with the correct part number and information calling out for one time use so the appropriate IP can add it to the database with the appropriate note.

Toyota has publshed has published a great article in reference “Non-Reusable Parts” (https://news.crrtraining.com/understanding-non-reusable-parts/) Also Reference Toyota CRIB Bulletin 188 (http://degweb.org/crib-188)

Always reference every OEM Service information for bulletins and documents for vehicle repairs. Access OEM service information can be located through www.oem1stop.com

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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