Rock chip damage occurs when flying debris—say a pebble flung from a tire tread or gravel debris flying off a dump truck—strikes a vehicle’s windshield and causes a small chip or other abrasion. When vehicle owners have the problem taken care of quickly—before it turns into a long, irreparable crack—the chip can be rather easy and inexpensive to fix. In most instances, insurance companies will waive the deductible for windshield repairs so the owner pays nothing.
Learning how to fix chip damage—to be able to provide an add-on when a vehicle owner is already in for other service—is easy. And materials needed to make repairs cost next to nothing. Consider three main points for why you should consider adding chip repair to your business.
The most frequent vehicle insurance claim is damage to glass, and the vast majority of those claims involve windshield damage.
It used to be that the only option was to replace the entire windshield. However, technological improvements in glass design now make repair a viable alternative for many vehicle owners. A lot of insurance companies give owners the option of paying a deductible to replace the windshield or having a repair done for free.
It is easy to become a windshield repair specialist with the right instruction, such as how to identify and fix a star beak versus a bullseye chip, and how to vacuum the damaged area and then properly apply the resin correctly so the damage does not spread.
You can receive all the training you need—and learn how to train your staff—in a day or less.
When you have learned the proper repair technique, you can start making money quickly. The average repair charge is around $50, though it can be higher. Additional repairs to the same windshield can add $10 to $15 each.
If you make five repairs each day, you would add about $65,000 in annual income for a five-day work week. Perhaps best of all, most of that would be profit. The out-of-pocket cost for each repair is about one dollar.
When an owner has their vehicle in for other issues, windshield damage repair is an add-on that is easy to say yes to, particularly when insurance companies most often cover the entire cost. Windshield repairs will not add much time to their wait, and they will be delighted to have one less vehicle issue to worry about. Best of all, it is nearly all pure profit for your business.
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