The Insurers’ Research Centre, Thatcham, have announced details of a new ‘escribe’ product, which will offer enhanced repair methods access and functionality to repairers and insurance engineers, at no additional cost.

Speaking at the Auto Body Professionals members conference, Thatcham Chief Executive Peter Shaw confirmed that not only would the new 2013 product be offered at existing 2012 prices, but that going forward all escribe customers who also subscribe to Audatex’ AudaEnterpriseGold, would benefit from a free of charge link to Thatcham Integrated Methods (TIM), representing an annual saving of £350 on existing prices.

“On behalf of our insurer members we recognise the tough economic climate in which we are all operating and in particular the pressures on vehicle repairers to maintain profitability. By offering a vastly improved methods delivery product, at existing prices, Thatcham are providing real value for money to the repair community during these difficult times.” confirmed Thatcham Chief Executive Peter Shaw.

“A significant investment in our IT infrastructure and a rationalisation of our own internal operations means that going forward we will be able to deliver on our commitment to provide always up to date light structural repair information as close to vehicle launch as possible and through a significantly enhanced and keenly priced new product.”

Paul Sykes, Sales & Operations Director, Audatex UK, added, “Audatex is delighted to join with Thatcham to confirm that from January 2013, the link to Thatcham Integrated Methods (TIM) will be available free of charge for all escribe users via our AudaEnterpriseGold estimating and claims management system,”

He continued:  “Our on-going investment in the integration of TIM to provide technical repair information at the point of estimate has delivered tremendous value to our customers and we’re keen to extend this to a wider customer base.  By waiving all associated IT costs to provide the link, Audatex and Thatcham are jointly enabling this opportunity. I would encourage all Thatcham escribe users to take full advantage of this offer and to enjoy the chance to improve estimating efficiency and cut costs.”

Visitors to Thatcham’s Repair Focus event this week enjoyed a sneak preview of the all new escribe product. With an intuitive new user interface the product benefits from the smart integration of Thatcham’s methods, times and parts using a new registration look up system to find the exact vehicle model that is being repaired. Repair method information will be uploaded as soon as Thatcham research engineers complete a vehicle so there will be no more waiting for monthly updates. The product has also been designed to work anywhere and anytime via the latest web enabled devices.

During October this year, Thatcham will write to all existing subscribers offering the opportunity to renew for the 2013 subscription year. All customers renewing at this point will have the option to access to the new improved product immediately, with the free of charge Thatcham Integrated Methods link to become available during January 2013.

Potential new subscribers should contact the Thatcham Sales team, on 01635 294 826.