As part of PAS 125 compliance, Vehicle Damage Assessors (VDA) are required to research repair methods to create a comprehensive repair specification to reinstate a damaged vehicle to its pre-accident condition. This process is supported by the Audatex system which provides a guide to estimating based on manufacturers’ times, backed by links to manufacturers’ methods web sites (via GCC) and to Thatcham methods (for escribe subscribers).
To enable effective vehicle damage repair assessing based on a comprehensive repair specification, the Audatex system provides remove and refit items within a main “renew” operation. Based on data provided by the vehicle manufacturers, the system is designed to eliminate duplicate operations and reduce the need for multi-strikes. However, a vehicle manufacturer's data may include a part displacement rather than full removal. In these cases, users have been advised to consider and choose the most appropriate repair method and reflect this in the Audatex estimate.
With the increased focus on the use of methods as an essential part of the vehicle assessment process, the Audatex Technical Committee has decided to review combined “renew” operations and to clarify further the understanding of multi-strikes for all Audatex users. To address this, the Technical Committee has instigated a research project with Audatex and will report any recommendations when the project is complete (project duration to be advised).