DEG inquiry 14705 states
According to the MOTOR Guide To Estimating: duplicating the “OEM Caulk/Seam Sealer” for an OEM replacement “Hood, Door, Trunk Lid, Liftgate, Tail Gate and Pickup Box”, is not Included in the Motor estimated work time.
This is due to a variation in supplied OEM Service Parts that require “Caulk/Seam Sealer”. The “Caulk/Seam Sealer” may or may not be applied to the OEM Service Part, and if it is “Caulk/Seam Sealer” it may be Partial “Caulk/Seam Sealer” or Complete “Caulk/Seam Sealer”.
MOTOR suggests using an on-the-spot evaluation to determine if duplicating the “OEM Caulk/Seam Sealer” is required, and all parties mutually agree upon an appropriate “Caulk/Seam Sealer” time.
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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