What exactly is an Auto Body Collision Estimator Career?

Collision repair
As long as you'll find cars traveling, there are gonna be auto body collisions. Even during a recession, our roads and highways are jammed. Which means there'll always be demand for properly trained Car Estimators. Moreover, there are almost always immediate openings for professionally trained auto body estimators.

Auto Body Collision Estimator programs teach students basic principles of collision damage repair and damage estimating. Using interactive media and industry standard software, students will build up the skill sets needed to properly develop a hand written or computerized damage report for auto body repair shops, insurance providers, and fleet and rental outlets.

Following is often a review of the entry-level collision estimating positions you can expect to hold after graduation where your career could lead on in just a few years. Collision Estimating Job opportunities include positions at:

 New Car Dealers
 Pre-owned car dealers
 Retail automotive repair facilities
 Automotive collision repair facilities
 Insurance companies
 Contract deliver and like the freedom of being your own boss

Entry-level collision estimating jobs include:

 Collision Estimator
 Insurance Company Estimator
 Independent Estimator
 Heavy Duty Estimator
 Possible occupational advancements
 Insurance Adjustor
 Fleet Rental Specialist
 Assistant Manager
 Body Shop Manager or Owner
 Fixed Operations Manager

Your day to day work of your Collision Estimator can be quite varied, determined by your location working as well as what your role entails. This is a typical job description for the Collision Estimator:

 Inspects vehicles to determine the amount of structural, body, mechanical or interior damage using mechanical testing devices, questioning customers in regards to the vehicle or by visual inspection
 Calculates tariff of labor and parts to repair or replace each affected item and estimate the salvage worth of the total vehicle loss
 Analyzes repair cost estimates
 Consults using the collision repair manager or foreman
 Reviews affordability of repair versus replacing parts
 Determines fees linked to repainting
 Fills out insurance claim forms to point out repair or replacement cost estimates and suggestions
 Determines feasibility of repair versus pre-accident market price
 Prepares work orders