Auto Body Brooklyn Brooklyn Auto Body Shop - Auto Body Repair Estimates Demystified - The five Most Common Items with a Repair Estimate So you've got decided to get an estimate from the local repair shop. Today, most body shops make use of a computerized estimating software to write down your estimate. When the shop you've chosen doesn't use a computer to write your estimate that you should reason to be concerned. It's not meant as a jab at those long time owners and technicians using this program . not implying these are "backward" or "luddites" or ignorant. Its more for accountability. Computerized software program is now standard within our industry and insures a much more uniform, unbiased and accurate appraisal how long things choose to use repair. As an example, I was conversing with a store owner just a couple days ago who had been remembering with fondness the good old days whilst would routinely get 15+ labor hours to correct frames on cars that these days he only gets 4-5 hours on. The simple truth is however that 4-5 could be the better and fair rate (based on the job of course it could be about). And since consumers and insurance companies are billed through the hours on an estimate the old times of falsely inflating hours have died.