Hail Estimating Tips

How to save time and make more money on hail estimates. Where to turn for proper procedures.
When to turn to the industry for help and how to keep a balanced view of it.
Do you love dents so much that you’d do them for free? Why you must place value on everything you do.
Sip the Kool Aid with caution.

Tools we like:
Posca Markers for hail estimates

Links:
Procedure pages for hail repair: pdrpages.com
Tom Price presentation on hail damage estimating

Clean Water for the World film
Slingshot Water Invention by Dean Camen

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Are you choosing the right customer?

Which customers do you want? All of them! So says the new business owner.
Rid yourself of this limiting belief and your business will take off.

  • How can you determine who is a good fit for your business?
  • Use this formula to improve your business and your life.
  • The right way to get rid of a toxic customer


Tools we like:

top of door hook tool pdr
PDRFinesse #37 top of door tool

Mentions:

INC magazine article about Tim Ferris
Book: "4 Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferris

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How to Push Dents Without Pushing Your Body

Paintless-health
Pushing dents paintless takes leverage. Leverage requires twisting and pushing, which in turn can stress your bodies in ways you never imagined.
What can you do to stay in shape and keep the damage to a minimum? Is there a way to ease the pain of weird muscle strain?

  • How Tim got the strangest PDR muscle in the business
  • A chiropractic technique as a strong alternative to surgery
  • Why our most important tool is not for paintless dent repair
  • Why Derek won’t say, “Don’t push dents like my Dad"

Tools We Like:
Theracane

Links:
Glen Campbell was a member of the "Wrecking Crew" mentioned in episode 8. His decision to tour while facing dementia hits home with our family. Be sure and watch the movie "I'll Be Me".
Myofascial disruption technique for muscle and joint pain relief.

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Fearless Marketing - Sell Dents Like a Parking Lot Predator

Thieves and scam artists lurk in your shopping mall parking lot, stealing your customers and your PDR work. How are they getting money for dents they can't or don't fix? How can you use fearless selling in your business?

  • The influence methods they use, and how to apply them in an ethical way
  • The lesson to be learned by their seeming success

Potential business rip offs to avoid
You spent the money to get in business and get it listed, but now you are a target. Are you prepared for the onslaught of potential rip offs?
What to watch for and how to prep your office people to be ready for them.

  • junk fax
  • url name renewals
  • copier toner refills
  • bogus yellow pages

Mistakes Dent Guys Make: Talking smack about others...

Tools we like:
MinnKota 315D Battery Charger
35 Amp Hour Batteries
Ding Stinger Estimating Software

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Fix hail dents faster

Are you ready for hail season? How can you be fast as possible? Pick up some speed tips from the pro’s.
How to (appear to) be as smart as a Doctor or Lawyer.
Could this device bring an end to all hail damage? Why the smartest people never look at history.
Thinking of a product or tool? One kind of product that never sells.

Tools:
Gorilla Bar
Munkey Bar
Gutter Hook
Don Gray Tools adjustable handle tools

Links:
Organizing tools we use:
Evernote
"Getting Things Done" by David Allen
GTD for Evernote

Article about Hail Protector

Hail Money Coming - How to Be Ready

Setting goals to improve your life? Most goals are backwards, leading to frustration and setbacks.
Why do most lottery winners go broke?
Why do PDR techs go broke even after a high earning year?

When you start fixing dents, if you set the right goals the money will follow. How you keep the money is a different story.

Tool recommendation:
The 2, 3 and 4 inch hand tools are great for hoods and trunks. (00:20:22)

Mistakes dent guys make: fear of going backwards (00:23:17)

Links:
Are your friends making you fat?
Social network of weight
"Connected" Book by Christakis and Fowler
Dealership sued for hail damage to cars sold

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History of PDR Blending

The history of PDR blending, what it is and what it is not. Listen to learn more.
Could you really be your own worst enemy? Or is there a part of you that needs tamed? How can this other you become an ally?
How to keep from walking off a tough job.
Hail hack to use on large dents.The jeweler's rouge in the video above was used to polish both the paintless knockdown and the hammer. Listen to the podcast above for a tip on how to it another, easier way

Tools:
Jeweler’s chasing hammer
Druz Tool’s Carbon Fiber Hammer
Jack Hammer
PDR Finesse Hammer 104

Books:
"Never Binge Again" by Glenn Livingston
Rational Recovery by Jack Trimpey
Self-Discipline in 10 days: How To Go From Thinking to Doing by Theodore Bryant

Miscellaneous Ramblings:
Etymotic ER-4

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How to be the go to guy in your PDR Market

Where do you start a paintless dent? How did this PDR Training myth even get started? Listen to episode 8 of the Paintless Mentor Podcast for the answer.
Drilling for paintless repair, how and why it became such an issue and how use a balanced approach.
Mastering a skill takes a long time, but how you start the process is most important. How you can hack the first week for the best results.
“The Wrecking Crew” film showcases a tiny handful of musicians who wound up playing on a whole bunch of songs. How you can use these same tricks to be the first one called to a storm?

Links:
"Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell
"20 Hours to Learn Anything" by Josh Kaufman
"The Wrecking Crew" film
Edge Jack Tool

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