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Body Shop Estimator- Kearny Mesa Ford & Kia
Body Shop Estimator Trainee - Entry Level
Collision repair estimator appraises vehicle damage to determine the cost of repair for insurance claim settlements. This includes inspecting and testing automobiles by using mechanical testing devices, questioning customers about the vehicle's performance or by visual inspection of the vehicle. Estimators also prepare itemized work orders, listing the cost of parts and labor. An estimator needs to know how to repair vehicles in order to identify and estimate damage. As with all positions within dealerships, body shop estimators are expected to uphold the highest ethical standards.
The duties of a collision repair estimator include but are not limited to the following:
Checking affected vehicles to determine the amount of structural, body, mechanical or interior damage.
Calculating cost of labor and parts to fix or replace each affected item and estimate the salvage value of the total vehicle loss.
Analyzing repair cost estimates and communicating with the collision repair manager or foreman. Arranging a second appraisal if necessary.
Reviewing cost effectiveness of repair versus replacement of parts.
Determining fees associated with repainting, converting to special purposes or customizing undamaged vehicles.
Filling out insurance claim forms to indicate repair or replacement cost estimates and recommendations.
Determining feasibility of repair versus pre-accident market value payment.
A career as a collision repair estimator requires experience in body repair. Experience with Summit Shop Management software a plus. Technical skills are essential. An employee working in the collision repair shop must possess the ability to give strong attention to detail, as well as have an interest in automotive repair and technology.
Kearny Mesa Ford & Kia is an equal opportunity employer (m/f/d/v) and maintains a drug free workplace. If you receive an offer of employment, it will be a conditional offer contingent on the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check.