Approximate time to complete this lesson: 30 minutes.
To begin Lesson 4, watch this video (5 minutes, 21 seconds).
The second character in the code is the type of damage and is indicated by a letter.
P=Parking Lot Damage
Here are examples of each of these Damage Types:
The third character defines the amount of damage there is to a part. A whole number is used to express the amount of damage and is referred to as a ‘Unit’.
A ‘Unit’ is defined as: “Damage not exceeding the surface area of a standard sized credit card”.
A unit is not an hour, which is a common but subjective description of damage. Hours represent the time needed to repair a part. Recyclers and collision repair shops seldom agree on the time needed to repair damage.
Let’s look at some examples:
A, B, C, NIQ, & X grade parts are used to denote the quality grade of a part. A grade parts are one unit or less of necessary repair. B grade parts are two units or less of necessary repair.
C grade parts are more than two units of necessary repair.
NIQ or negative information quality grade parts are automatically down-graded to C. NIQ is also sometimes referred to as Non-Insurance Quality.
X graded parts do not contain enough data for the recycler to grade the part.
Grading is based on necessary repairs and is expressed as ‘units’. A unit is a number that represents damage that can be covered by a standard sized credit card.
Body Parts Grading (Sheet Metal Parts) Examples:
Here we can see that the unit of damage is One because it can be covered with a credit card. This part would then be graded as an “A” Grade part.
In this example we can see that damage is greater than 2 units, so we would grade this part a “C” or “non-insurance quality”.