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eAutoRepair gives you direct access to professional, accurate estimate information to calculate your vehicle repair costs. It includes labor times, OEM parts pricing, parts diagrams viewable on a single page, so you can quickly navigate directly to the information you need.
Let’s Get Started
The estimating process begins by selecting your vehicle and choosing the Estimating icon. To select a part or labor item, click on its checkbox with your mouse pointer. A check mark displays next to the item, indicated that it will be added to the worksheet. To deselect an item, click on its checkbox again.
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Once you have selected a vehicle, choose the Estimator icon to begin estimating in Mitchell 1 DIY. To select a part or labor item, click on its checkbox with your mouse pointer.
Parts OEM Pricing & Labor Times
Once you have added parts and labor items, click the Add button to add all selected items to the worksheet. Then, you are taken to the worksheet, where you can view worksheet totals.
Factory Warranty Time / Mitchell 1 Labor Time
For most manufacturers a factory Warranty Time is displayed next to the Labor Time. The factory warranty time is the amount of time that the factory authorizes for performing this job under warranty.
Note that the Mitchell 1 labor time is usually higher than the factory warranty time. This is because the factory warranty time assumes you are servicing clean parts and using specialized OEM tools and training. The Mitchell 1 labor time is based on independent labor audits in real-world conditions. The Mitchell 1 labor time is the time that is added to your worksheet.
For some labor items, a Combinations subheading appears in the labor panel. This indicates that the combination time is recommended for the labor item.
Combination time refers to the time possibly required for jobs performed with other operations. One example might be that while performing brake shoe replacement, you need to replace a leaking wheel cylinder as well. The Combination Time gives you the time required to replace the wheel cylinder with the shoes already removed.
You add combination items to your estimate the same way you add any other labor item; simply click on the item, and it will be added to your Estimator Worksheet.
Skill Level Factory Warranty Time / Mitchell 1 Labor Time
Labor items display the mechanical skill level for the procedure in the far-right column under the heading "SL." Skill levels are classified as follows:
- A = Highly Skilled
- B = Skilled
- C = Semi-Skilled
- D = Low Skilled
Additional Labor Time
For some labor items, an Additional Time subheading appears in the labor panel. This indicates that additional time is recommended for the labor item.
Additional time refers to labor time that should be added to your estimate to account for additional work that needs to be performed. Notice that the mechanic skill level is also indicated. Like the standard labor time titles, the factory warranty time (domestic vehicles only) is displayed along with the Mitchell 1 labor time.
An example of a situation where additional time should be charged is other systems such as A/C, air pump, and power steering interfere when replacing an alternator.
The basic calculation is as follows:
Labor Time + Additional Labor Time + Combination Time = Total Labor Time x Your Labor Rate = Labor Estimate.
You add additional items to your estimate the same way you add any other labor item; simply click on the item's checkbox and it will be added to your Estimator Worksheet.
Customize the estimate by editing labor times, adding parts manually, adding or deleting lines, and moving lines in the estimate to group items together. You can also customize the printout by suppressing selected fields in the estimate (like part numbers and labor hours). Advanced filtering capability makes searching saved estimates quick and easy.
What is the difference between "R & I" and "R & R"?
Remove and Install (R & I): Removal of a part or assembly from the vehicle to facilitate overhaul or other work and reinstall that same part on the vehicle. For example, an assembly, such as an instrument panel, will often need to go through R & I, removed and installed, to gain access for the replacement of components located behind it, like HVAC components.
Remove and Replace (R & R): Removal of a part or assembly from the vehicle, transfer of any attached part to a new part or assembly, or reinstalling a new part or assembly on the vehicle. Using the example above, the R & R of that same instrument panel would involve transferring numerous other components, brackets, and trim pieces to a new replacement instrument panel.
How do I use combination labor times in my estimate?
Combination time: Additional labor times to be used when performing tasks that are directly related to the original operation and are conveniently done along with it. As an example, when performing a timing chain R & R, you could replace several components in "combination" with the timing chain replacement.