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Overcome your ‘cost of staying the same’ with Openclaims Repair Distribution Suite

Leasing companies and insurers operate in an overwhelmingly cost-driven and competitive market where every single penny must be accounted for. Vehicles are also becoming more and more complex owing to the sheer amount of onboard technology they have – particularly electrified vehicles – which is leading to skyrocketing repair costs.

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At the same time, they are having to contend with the need to ensure total customer satisfaction. There’s very little wiggle room for vehicle repair delays and prolonged amounts of time off of the road; customers will go elsewhere if they’re dissatisfied with their experience.

Over time, these factors – the desire to save on costs, minimise repair times, and satisfy customers – create something of a status quo for leasing companies and insurers. They’ll typically distribute their repairs across a network of trusted body shops based on the distance between them and their customers. In some cases, a single body shop may be used, or a company may provide customers with a long list of local body shops and expect them to select one.

The cost of staying the same
The problem with this approach is simple: it lacks data. When repairs are allocated to body shops based on a company’s status quo alongside the excuse of, “Well, we’ve always done it this way”, rather than to body shops based on reputation and expertise, it’s inevitable that money is being wasted. Indeed, if this sounds like how you do things, the message is simple: You’re spending more money on repairs than you need to. This is because there are many factors at play that must be accounted for when allocating repairs, all of which can be better informed by using your (historical) repair data.

The fastest body shop, or indeed the one that’s closest to the customer, might not be the one that delivers the most value or is the most efficient for a particular repair, and over time this can add up to significant amounts of money blindly, and unknowingly wasted on repairs.

Imagine for a moment that you’re unknowingly spending EUR 50,00 more per repair than is necessary because of the way your repairs are allocated. That might not sound like much, but over the course of 40.000 repairs in a year - a relatively conservative amount for a mid-to-large-sized operator—that amounts to EUR 2.0002000,00 in a year.

Dynamic distribution of repairs
To help leasing companies with mid-sized and large fleets and insurers overcome this challenge and save money on sunk costs, we have developed a solution: dynamic repair distribution.

Dynamic repair distribution can be set up with our Repair Distribution Suite, a data-driven repair allocation engine that can help leasing companies and insurers to eliminate friction from and optimize their digital repair process through data-led repair allocation. This is powered by 1. the business rules engine and 2. our proprietary machine learning model.

1. The business rules engine
The Openclaims platform enables users to create their own business rules and apply them to repair variables such as brand, model, transmission, and specific requirements such as quality standards, maximum cost, and maximum distance between a body shop and the customer.

2. The machine learning model
Our proprietary machine learning model has been built using statistical learning techniques that leverage tens of thousands of data points to assess the impact of damages and calculate an estimated cost of repair based on given variables.

Using this information, the model can compare the performance of individual body shops to the estimated cost of repair and generate ideal repair distribution scenarios - for example, by identifying the most suitable body shop for a particular repair that also falls within your business rules.
Advantages of dynamic distribution

Dynamic repair distribution can be used to unlock a whole range of benefits beyond savings on sunken repair costs. These include:

  • Process improvements - Body shops that lack the necessary expertise or equipment often subcontract to others. Dynamic distribution enables fleet managers to avoid unsuitable body shops in the first instance and send their repairs directly to qualified partners. This improves efficiency and the overall repair process.
  • Increased flexibility - The Repair Distribution Suite makes it easy to continuously update business rules for your contracted repair network. This helps to reduce the amount of manual intervention required in the repair process.
  • Repair sustainability - Specialised body shops are often equipped with the tools needed to ensure higher quality and more sustainable repairs that have a lower environmental impact through fewer carbon emissions and wasted components.

    Want to find out how much your status quo is costing you?

    If you’re not making your repair data work for you to deliver flexibility, process improvements, and more efficiency within your repair process, then it’s highly likely that you’re spending more on your repairs than you need to.

    The Openclaims Repair Distribution Suite can help leasing companies to unlock huge savings on every repair by enabling smarter repair allocation and decision-making.

    Don’t believe us? Contact the Openclaims team today for an obligation-free chat and we’ll carry out a deep dive into your repairs data via a Repair Scan - our powerful tool which analyses your repairs process at a granular level to give you an insight into how much excess cost you’re unnecessarily sinking into your repairs, and how you can begin to optimize them.

The Nordics region can contact Niels Kaee:
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