Writing Body Shop estimates using database software typically come with high monthly fee’s but…
Auto Body Excel Created an Alternative to Body Shop Estimating Database driven Software
Yes point and click body shop estimating software's are nice and can save a lot of time for a high volume shop but not all shops need point and click, in some cases, smaller body shops cant handle or don't want the large monthly fees that come with them, we created an alternative using a free software (OpenOffice.org) and created a work book body shop estimating tool.
Writing a body shop estimate is simple and it’s the stepping stone estimating tool to transition from hand written estimates to point and click software.
We used it in our body shop for years and developed it for Collision Repair Shops, Restoration Shops, Car Re builders and Sellers, Custom Body Shops and even the back yard shops who just wants a printable estimate they can give to their customer.
Not only will it help you write the estimate, but when the customer drops off, it will help you manage expenses, track parts, record invoices and ultimately your profit margin.
One of the many values of using this Body Shop Estimating Tools is you can modify the sheet to accommodate features you want for your shop.
Yes this body shop estimating software alternative was a great tool for us and will be a great one for you.
One more thing? They are working on a version that can be modifies by use to accommodate your shops specific needs, they will add your logo, add or remove labor columns, adjust specific features to custom Taylor it to your specific body shop needs.
Check out their website, browse versions, view tutorials on their support website, use their stellar support system and contact them if you have any questions.