Arcs managing director Harry Nixon said the online estimating initiative Inter-est had been “enthusiastically” received by insurers and a number of body repairers after extensive trials.
“We are supplying a free estimating system that will appeal to small and large bodyshops, creating a more level playing field,” he said. “It will also make it irrelevant to insurers which estimating product a bodyshop uses, reducing the cost of investing in multiple systems.”
Repairers are issued with a password to log onto Inter-est. They are charged £5 an estimate, but pay no set-up fee or monthly rental and do not sign a long term contract.
Mr Nixon is confident of carrying 200,000 online estimates in the first year – equating to £1m turnover.
The product locks into Pilot, a new decision support package predicted to become the “lynch pin” of a repairer's business.
“Pilot ensures the repairer obeys the insurer's rules, if they wish to accept the business on those terms, whether or not they are approved,” said Mr Nixon.
A new bodyshop scheduling product, Maxima, enables managers to prioritise repairs in order to ensure optimum utilisation of each employee.