Estimating Plastic Repair

Increase Repair Profit

Knowing when to repair or replace plastic parts affects the bottomline.

  • Has your shop invested in plastic repair equipment?
  • Is the equipment collecting more dust than revenue?
  • Your techs are trained to repair plastic so why are they not using the equipment?
  • The answer may be that your estimators do not understand how to bid plastic repair.

In order to increase fuel mileage the OEM’s use many different materials in vehicle construction. By 2020 plastics will be as much as 20% of the total vehicle weight. 

Get the ROI on your equipment by training your Estimators to bill for it!

Estimators Learn

  • How to identify the plastic substrate

  • Determine if the plastic is repairable

  • Determine the method of repair

  • Determine the severity of damage to more accurately bid the repair time

  • How to use the Plastic Bumper Repairability Scale

  • And much more

We are building a new damage assessment certification!

Estimating Technician™

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Estimating Technician™ Level 1


We can no longer ignore the importance of photos! Do you look at your estimating photos and think they're pretty good? What if we told you that your brain is tricking you?

Collision Photography is a necessary skill for all that assess the damage to automobiles and is why it is required part of the Estimating Technician™ Certification.


Shops typically earn more per labor hours when they perform repairs. Maximize your repair hours on plastic. Learn how to identify the type of plastic, severity of the damage and use the new Plastic Bumper Repairability Scale.

In order to get the most out of equipment investments, your estimators must understand how it used.


A vehicle's structure is designed to protect the occupants and is the foundation for all other vehicle functions. Did you know that Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are dependent on a dimensionally correct unibody and frame?

Identifying the slightest structural movement is critical to assessing damage and overall cycle time. Assessing basic structural damage is a required skill for an Estimating Technician™.


Advanced Driver Assistance Systems have become common and are advancing at a phemonmonal rate. Understanding how these systems affect the drivability and safety of the vehicle is essential to repairing today's automobiles.

Understanding the intent and operation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is a key pillar in the Estimating Technician™ certification.

Repair vs Replace

The decision to repair or replace a part is the fundamental question every damage assessor is considering each time they write an estimate. Repair vs Replace builds a foundation for judgment time decsion making.

Understanding how to address judgment time items is fundamental basic skill for an Estimating Technician™.

Occupant Restraint Systems

The occupant restraint system consist of more than just seat belts and airbags. Learning how these systems work to protect the occupants is essential for today's damage assessors. Build your understanding of these systems.

Understanding safety system functionality is a required skillset of the Estimating Technician™!


Database Guide Pages Understanding and Application

Each estimating database company provides a detailed document that explains how to use their estimating software. No matter the name, P-Pages, GTE Pages or a Reference Manual, it must used daily to write complete estimates and  repair blueprints.

Understanding how to address judgement time items is fundamental basic skill for an Estimating Technician™.

Building Detailed Documentation

Is everyone in your shop documenting the same? Do you check the repair files for consistancy? Learn to build detailed documentation that builded a file of evidence of what was required to retun a vehicle back to safety and functionality the OEM intended.

Documenting the damages, repair and quality control of a vehicle repair is required to become an Estimating Technician™.

Basic Mechanical Assessment

Does your damage assessment team understand steering, suspension and other mechanical systems that are commonly damaged in an accident? Do they capture the required operations needed to perform a mechnical repair? Can they diagnose mechanical damage?

Understanding the basic functions of mechancial sytems is a required sill for an Estimating Technician™.

Basic Automotive Refinish Assessment

Does you damage assessment team understand the importance and function of top coats? Do they accurately assess three-stage and other mult-stage operations? Do they understand how accurately assess all needed corrosion protection?

Understanding the function and neccessity of automotive refishing is a required skill for an Estimating Technician™.

More Detail On Estimating Plastic Repair

Accountable Estimating is proud to have partnered with Polyvance to create the Estimating Plastic Repair course. Polyvance has set the standard for plastic repair in the collision industry with the introduction of their Nitrogen Plastic Welder. Now, Accountable Estimating is helping Polyvance introduce their Plastic Bumper Repairability Scale to the industry.

With the OEM’s issuing more complete position statements regarding if and when a plastic bumper can be repaired, it is becoming more difficult for estimators to determine if a plastic part can be repaired in a profitable manner. Estimating Plastic Repair teaches the estimator how to identify the different types of plastics, the three main methods of plastic repair, and how to apply the OEM repair recommendations and P-page logic to make the best repair vs. replace decision.

On-Demand Course Pricing

Accountable Estimating™ On-Demand courses are developed with your production environment in mind. Each course is constructed in modules that are no longer than 30 minutes in length. This allows students to work in training throughout their work day, and the training can be put to use when it is the freshest in the students mind.

Estimating Plastic Repair

Estimating Plastic Repair is an online, self-paced course designed to educate collision damage estimators and technicians on determining the repairability of damaged plastic parts. The course is designed to educate someone with no prior knowledge of plastics or the repair of plastics to the point where they can confidently discuss the differences in plastic types and repair methods with technicians, and to be able to quickly determine whether a damaged plastic part is a candidate for repair or if it should be replaced.

Estimators / Blue Printers/ CSR’s / Owner’s / Managers

$129 per student

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