Inquiry 12163 states that the estimated work time applied to front end alignment is to perform set up and align procedures on the front of the vehicle only. If any procedures or adjustments are required to be made to the rear of the vehicle they would be considered not included.

An example would be a vehicle with a non-adjustable rear axle; the front alignment is always dependent on the rear end to be in correct specifications prior to adjusting the front end. The correct way to add this on the estimate is to add “Wheel alignment align front wheels” and add “Wheel alignment check rear alignment” from the rear suspension group, additional operations, to set up the heads and read the specifications prior to making any adjustments on the front.

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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