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Estimating Guide – give yourself some ‘wiggle room’

Ever make a quote using the Estimating Guide and found it to be a little shy of the time it should take to do something? (The Mitchell1 Prodemand labor times a highly accurate, but never perfect – none of the guides are.)

To help offset these variables bump your times. Go to: Setup – Standard Tables – MarkUp and enter 15-20% on the Labor Guide. This will increase the labor hours when you use the Estimator.

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There are 2 advantages to doing this:

  • if you find that the job took much less time, you can give a nice surprise discount to your customer.
  • If you find that the job did indeed need that extra time, you have saved yourself a phone call to sell more time and still make your customer happy by not doing so.

Want to learn more? Let’s have a conversation. Call me, Jeffrey Nott at 408-221-1165 or email me at [email protected] to learn more.

Jeff is an automotive consultant with ESI Training who provided this shop tip. Reach out to your Local Mitchell1 Rep for Mitchell1 software.

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