Auto Body Collision Estimating

A great career in Collision Estimating has endless growth opportunities – and you don’t need a university degree

Following is a review of the entry level collision estimating positions you can expect to hold after graduation and where your career could lead in just a few years.

Collision Estimating Employment opportunities
New Car Dealers
Pre-owned car dealerships
Retail automotive repair facilities
Automotive collision repair facilities
Insurance companies
Contract your services and enjoy the freedom of working for yourself
Entry-level collision estimating jobs
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
Typical job description for a Collision Estimator
Inspects vehicles to determine the amount of structural, body, mechanical or interior damage using mechanical testing devices, questioning customers about the vehicle or by visual inspection
Calculates cost of labor and parts to fix or replace each affected item and estimate the salvage value of the total vehicle loss
Analyzes repair cost estimates
Consults with the collision repair manager or foreman
Reviews cost effectiveness of repair versus replacement of parts
Determines fees associated with repainting
Fills out insurance claim forms to indicate repair or replacement cost estimates and recommendations
Determines feasibility of repair versus pre-accident market value
Prepares work orders
Learn more about Collision Estimating opportunities by following the links below:
Career Outlook, featured on our Car Estimator page
Salary & benefits, featured on our Auto Estimating page
The Opportunity, featured on our Collision Estimating page
The Course Outline, featured on our Auto Estimator page
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