SCRS Members,

Collision Access - Before starting repairs or even the estimate, it may be necessary to cut, push or pull damaged panels to gain access to the vehicle. This is a not included operation in all three estimating systems. 

Audatex - Located on Page 54 under labor exclusions in the Database Reference Manual is:
Additional labor for removal of parts that have been impeded by crash damage (access labor). (Standard Manual Entry M62 is available).

CCC - Page G-10 of the Motor Guide to Estimating under "Time Does Not Include" states:
Cutting, pulling or pushing collision damaged parts for Access

Mitchell - Shown in Additions to Labor Times on page P3 of the Mitchell Estimating Guide is:
Access Time
Remove extensively damaged parts by cutting, pushing, pulling, etc.

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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