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CDAT Heavy Truck Estimating

Heavy truck equipment can be difficult to estimate for a number of reasons: loss of use, parts availability, depreciation, options, customization packages and nomenclature differences. This one-week seminar focuses on semi-tractors, trailers, dump and other specialty hauling vehicles. Know what you are looking at and understand choices of repair to enable accurate estimate writing. FVTC has a fleet of diversely configured trucks to identify and estimate. Communication between insurance appraisers and repair shops is difficult without understanding vehicle design, nomenclature, repair and parts options. Participants are empowered to write an accurate appraisal with information provided. Benefits of accurate appraisals are: decreased overall repair cycle time, increased customer satisfaction and valid total loss decisions.


Additional Information

Learn About
  • Vehicle construction
  • Mechanical systems
  • Nomenclature
  • Different cosmetic panel identification and repair
  • Steering and suspension alignment and component analysis
  • Loss-of-use factors
  • Trailer construction and repair
  • Frame repair
  • Contamination issues
Training Outline

**Vehicle configurations:**

1. Understand different designs of trucks

2. Determine options

**Frame:**

1. Identify the types of frame damage

2. Identify cause of frame damage

3. Determine if damage has occurred

**Valuation:**

1. Determine loss-of-use cost related to repair cycle time

2. Vehicle valuation

**Brakes:**

1. Identify brake system components

2. Assess damage

3. Identify replacement criteria

4. Identify differences between air and hydraulic brake systems

5. Describe DOT out of service criteria

**Driveline:**

1. Identify Driveline components

2. Determine damage to transmission, driveshaft, axles, and hubs.

3. Identify common collision damage

**Engine and Accessories:**

1. Identify components

2. Assess damage

3. Replacement criteria

**Suspension:**

1. Identify components and their purpose

2. Identify the need for replacement

3. Determine correct repair methods

4. Determine the need for an alignment

5. Identify alignment angles

**Steering:**

1. Determine the 3 types of suspension

2. Identify methods to inspect for damage

3. Identify worn bushings from accident damage

**Contamination:**

1. Ascertain system contamination criteria

2. Describe how contamination effects component life

3. Follow OEM guidelines when assessing flood damage

**Trailer:**

1. Understand structure damage

2. describe trailer alignment angles

3. Inspect for water damage

4. Identify components

**Failure Analysis:**

1. Analyze component failure

2. Interpret failure caused by fatigue

3. Interpret failure caused by accident

4. Interpret failure caused by shock load / fatigue

5. Interpret failure caused by contamination

**Cosmetic repair:**

1. Identify and understand material

2. Understand repair methodology

**Estimating logic:**

1. Use estimating software

2. P-Page logic

Business and Industry Services

Fox Valley Technical College
Business & Industry Services
D. J. Bordini Center
5 N. Systems Drive
P.O. Box 2277
Appleton, WI 54912-2277

bi.services@fvtc.edu
www.fvtc.edu/bis

P: 888-458-0449
P: 920-735-2525
F: 920-735-4771


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