INTEGRATED CAR PART PRO (IPRO) PART POLICY ENHANCEMENT

POLICY IS NOW PART OF THE SEARCH!

How great would it be to have a way to ensure that the parts being searched and selected work within an insurance carrier’s guidelines? Designed to meet the collision repair industry’s increasing needs for alternative parts with estimating system integration, Integrated Car Part Pro (iPro) has a new enhancement that simplifies the appraisers searching and selecting to work within guidelines. Parts that are not allowed (e.g., airbags) will be filtered out automatically and will not be searched.

This is important as newer appraisers and shops may not be as familiar with which parts comply and which do not comply so the fact that iPro automation can do this for its partners guidelines is ideal. This article will explain the new functionality as well as highlight the features that streamline the workflow.

HOW THE PART POLICY IS APPLIED

The insurance policy will be applied automatically if the policy is configured in iPro. The end user doesn’t have to worry about selecting a part that isn’t permissible by an insurance carrier.

For insurance carriers with a policy on body parts that requires “same year or newer” and/or mechanical parts must be “same mileage or less,” these specifications can be easily applied. For example, some carriers may have restrictions on parts for cars less than five years old or have less than 60,000 miles. This can be addressed automatically by iPro’s new part policy enhancement. Other key features include:

• All parts matched in iPro can have a policy set for it.

• Specific part type parameters can be customized in accordance with the insurance carrier’s policy e.g., recycled or certified aftermarket front bumper reinforcements only.

• Certain parts may be locked based on the insurer’s policy and parameters may be specified for certain part types (e.g., only A grade recycled front doors or CAPA certified hoods).

Car-Part.com CEO Jeff Schroder says, “iPro’s part policy enhancement enables users to easily search and select parts that work with partner insurer guidelines. This simplifies workflow while maintaining optimal supply chain results in the iPro marketplace.” In addition to this part policy feature, Car-Part continues to automate assembly automation in iPro.

ASSEMBLY AUTOMATION

A recycled assembly consists of multiple parts that are sold together forming a single assembly. Some companies struggle sourcing recycling parts because estimating systems are based off an OE component parts numbering system and the recycling industry is based off recycled assembly Interchange. This is where iPro can help bridge the gap with iPro assembly automation technology and alternative parts utilization features. With assembly automation, iPro automatically matches the right components with the assemblies that include them.

For years, iPro has been identifying components on an estimate and mapping them to recycled replacement part assemblies to help increase overall alternative part usage. iPro’s new assembly automation feature:

• Automatically associates many assemblies with their components (e.g., a front door assembly will automatically associate a front door shell, movable glass, window motor, and a power glass regulator).

• Simplified workflow and assembly automation technology so an estimator doesn’t duplicate parts on the final estimate and reduces part costs by not paying for components already included within the assembly.

• Includes front and rear bumpers, front and rear door assemblies, and hoods.

It may sound complicated but it’s not. iPro’s automation handles the complexity so the user doesn’t need to. If you would like more information about iPro’s new part policy enhancement, assembly automation, or how to join the iPro marketplace, please visit products.car-part.com or email ProTeam@Car-Part.com.

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