The Audatex system provides vehicle manufacturers (OEM) times for removal, refit and replacement as published in their workshop manuals.
The Audatex estimating system was not designed to replace the methods manual. However, the operations are listed in a logical sequence for ease of understanding, and quote the manufacturer’s original operation number for further reference.
Vehicle manufacturers directly supply our International Data Development Centres (DDC’s) with their methods/times. In some cases (e.g. Jaguar/Land Rover/Rover), Thatcham panel times are in fact used. In others the OEM has utilised other independent data centre (e.g Jikken, AZT, Samsung Fire & Marine, KART) to research the time and method on their behalf.
Audatex may provide additional times in cases where manufacturers do not publish removal, refit and replacement times for specific operations, and where in our opinion it is necessary work.
These times will be calculated through methodical comparisons with data from equal or similar models, and/or by reference to existing times. Where times are supplied by Audatex, they will be designated with a KN number on the calculated report.
In the case of new model introductions every effort is made to gather and process the fullest possible manufacturer data available before release.
However, it may be that we elect to release a model with some KN numbers in the absence of published times, rather than delay delivery of the model to market. Nevertheless, as and when the information does become available from the manufacturer, the model will be updated in the earliest possible monthly data release.