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Expert in Collision Investigation, Vehicle Damage Appraisals

Expert ID: 736445 North Carolina, USA

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Expert is a licensed Motor Vehicle Damage Appraiser by the NCDOI and has been in the business of appraising damaged vehicles since August 2003. He is a current member of the NCDOI External Appraiser and Repair Task Force Training in the retrieval of crash-data information, collision investigation, reconstruction training and research Collision Safety Institute (CSI).

Expert is a former used-car dealer who was in the business of buying damaged vehicles from auto salvage auctions, new/ used-car dealers and individuals, to repair for resale. He has been recognized as an expert witness in numerous North Carolina courts and has testified on behalf of both plaintiff and defense as to the vehicle values. He has more than 35 years of auto-body repair experience; obtained the I-CAR Individual Platinum training certificate in repair techniques, owned and operated his own body shop and has worked in new-car-dealership and independent body shops.

VEHICLE AUTO-BODY REPAIR EXPERIENCE
Dealership Experience 1972 - 1975 / 1995-1998 Chrysler - Ford - General Motors - Toyota Owner of Independent Body Shop 1976 - 1985 Former Used Car Dealer / Total Loss Rebuilder 1976 – 1985 Independent Body Shop 1998 – 2001 Restoring Antique Tractors and Pre-70”s Vehicles / Class 8 Truck Body Fiberglass/ SMC

NON-STRUCTURAL I
- Welding and Cutting Steel: 1 Principals & Setups- GMA (MIG) Plug Weld- GMA (MIG) Fillet Weld- GMA (MIG) Butt Joint With Backing Plate
- Welding and Cutting Steel 4: Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding
- Adhesive Bonding: Removing, Preparing, Installing An Adhesive Bonded Panel
- Fundamentals of Collision Repair: Vehicle Construction and Terminology
- Damage Analysis 1: Damage Reports- Industry Definitions- Types of Finish- Obtaining Important Information- Writing a Damage Report
- Damage Analysis 2: Measuring For Damage- Bumper Assemblies- Panel Inspection
- Damage Analysis 3: Cooling Systems- Electrical Systems- Drive Train Systems-Brake Systems- Steering & Suspension Systems
- Damage Analysis 4: Vehicle Interiors- Side Impact Inspection- Rear Body Inspection- Exterior Trim- Hardware
- Corrosion Protection OEM: Corrosion Protection- Anti- Corrosion Coatings For Collision Repair- Applying Corrosion Protection Materials- Seam Sealers

STRUCTURAL I
- Measuring: Point To Point- Three Dimensional Measuring- Vehicle Dimension Data- Types Of Damage Conditions Preparing To Measure A Vehicle- Vehicle Measuring
- Structural Straightening Steel: Developing A Repair Plan- Anchoring- Straightening Equipment- Correcting Structural Damage

STRUCTURAL II
- Structural Parts Steel 1: Working With Structural Parts- Radiator Core Supports- Apron Assemblies- Front Rails- Using Recycled Parts & Assemblies Rear Rails
- Structural Parts Steel 2: Rocker Panels & Pillars- Rocker Panels- A-Pillars- B-Pillars- C-Pillars- D-Pillars- Uni-side Consideration Full Frame Sectioning
- Structural Parts Steel 3: Body Over Frame Design- Frame Repair- Frame Sectioning- Frame Attachments- Vehicle Body
- Structural Parts Steel 6: Full Frame Replacement
- Structural Straightening Aluminum 1: Repairing of Damaged Aluminum Structural Parts

STRUCTURAL III
- Structural Parts Aluminum 1: Design and Repair Processes
- Structural Parts Aluminum 2: Replacement of Damaged Structural Aluminum Parts Front of Vehicle - Middle and Rear

REFINISHING II
- Surface Preparation and Masking

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: Collision Investigator
Years: 1976 to 1985 Employer: Self Employed Title: Vehicle Salesman Department: Responsibilities: Purchased and resold used cars – total loss vehicles to rebuild for resale

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
NCDOI: Motor Vehicle Damage Appraiser - North Carolina Department of Insurance
Professional Appointments
Sitting board member of NC DOI External Appraiser and Repair Task Force --- 2018 to present
Publications and Patents Summary
Author of two published books on collision.
Author of one magazine article on collision.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Plaintiff Cases to date: 4
Defense Allstate: 1
Arbitration: 3
Training / Seminars
Classroom training from the Collision Safety Institute (CSI), an independent traffic collision investigation, reconstruction training and research center, on the retrieval of crash-data information.

I-CAR ( Inter Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair)

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