SCRS Members,

Test Drive Vehicle Test drive a vehicle is a not included operation with all three estimating systems. The exceptions listed below (when a test drive is performed as a procedural step after the alignment process) would only apply in cases where the IP designated labor is used for the alignment, not necessarily as part of a sublet unless specified by the sublet provider.
Audatex - DEG Inquiry 9207
This is addressed in the Audatex Database Reference Manual. Test driving the vehicle is a not include operation. This is listed in the Labor Exclusions section and listed on these specific operations, Frame Replacement, Engine Assembly R&I, Transmission R&I, Engine/Cradle/Suspension/Steering R&I, Engine and Transmission/ Transaxle Assembly R&I. If needed this would be a manual entry.
Audatex DBRM states on page 82, "Remove vehicle from alignment rack and road test."
Estimated Release Date: Closed
Proposed Resolution: MOTOR stated:
According to the "Guide To Estimating: LABOR TIME PREMISE," "Road Test Vehicle" is listed as "Not Included." Please note; there is one exception to this rule, for a Wheel Alignment driving the vehicle (Road Test) is considered one of the procedural step after preforming a Wheel Alignment.
Mitchell - DEG Inquiry 8996
As to "Road Test" in the Mitchell P-pages, road testing the vehicle is only included in our Alignment procedures, "Verify Alignment by Road Test." The operation of "Diagnostic road test to determine if alignment operations are necessary" is still a Not Included Operation.

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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