Recent DEG INQUIRY 15563 response from MOTORS indicates during replacement of a nameplate/ emblem “After review of the concern, creating templates is not included in estimated work times.”

DEG also points out that “Material cost used to create a template is NOT INCLUDED in labor times.”

Lastly, per CCC/MOTORS GTE P Pages, the labor time for Nameplates, Emblems, Adhesive backed moldings are for INSTALLATION ONLY. Removal of the molding and cleaning adhesive left behind is NOT INCLUDED in R/R Time. Below is an example from BMW workshop manual indicating to “make and adhesive tape template”

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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