Here at Nylund’s, we write hundreds of repair plans every month – and we are accountable to our guests to be as thorough as possible. That’s not to squeeze every last dollar out of their insurance company, but rather to absolutely ensure the safest repair and least amount of diminished value to their vehicle as possible. To make sure that we always provide the most accurate repair plan estimates, we rely on free software called, “The Database Enhancement Gateway”, or DEG for short.
What is DEG?
The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) is a free online resource administered by Danny Gredinberg that was developed to address inquiries to information providers (IPs) about collision repair estimating data. It serves as a valuable resource for those in the collision repair industry, providing information and support related to the estimation of repairs.
DEG plays an important role in the collision repair industry by improving the accuracy and efficiency of collision repair estimating data. This information is critical for ensuring that repairs are done properly and that the costs associated with those repairs are accurately estimated. By providing access to this information, DEG helps to ensure that the collision repair industry operates smoothly and effectively.
In short, DEG is an essential resource for the collision repair industry, providing critical information and support to those involved in the estimation of repairs. By serving as a central hub for information related to collision repair estimating, DEG plays a crucial role in ensuring that repairs are performed accurately and efficiently.
Perhaps the thing we appreciate most about DEG is that it levels the playing field between repairers like us, and payers (insurance companies in most cases who use the same software). The software does not have the disposition to support one or the other… it supports both by presenting information that is equally available to anyone touching any one of the three major estimating systems.
Danny Gredinberg’s Experience in Collision Repair
Danny Gredinberg has been in the collision repair industry for nearly 16 years, during which time he has gained a wealth of experience and expertise. As a certified technician, estimator, and senior in the field, Gredinberg developed a deep understanding of the ins and outs of collision repair.
Gredinberg’s extensive experience in the collision repair industry has provided him with a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities in the field. This experience has equipped him with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in his role as the administrator of the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG).
By leveraging his years of experience in the field, Gredinberg is able to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the industry, which has been essential to DEG’s success.
Gredinberg is also the co-host of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ series of videos titled Quick Tips and Consumer Tips. Together with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice, Gredinberg offers helpful insights to both industry experts and consumers alike.
Gredinberg was recognized with March Taylor Kina’ole Award in November of 2022. Kina’ole is a Hawaiian term that means, “without flaw or defect”. March Taylor was a master technician who also owned a collision center in Hawaii. He was credited for spearheading the idea of a centralized information service that became the DEG.
Why We Support DEG
As previously mentioned, the DEG software is 100% FREE to anyone in the collision industry. That said, the years of development and maintenance of the platform come at considerable expense. That’s why we are proud to be Gold-level sponsors of this software. And we encourage other repairers who make use of this free tool to also consider supporting it. Such support is not about getting a name or logo on a banner, but rather standing together and doing the right thing for the consumer.
If you would like to know more about Danny Gredinberg or DEG, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. It would be our pleasure to make an introduction. And we’re confident that repairers will see an immediate benefit to their use of the software as well.