2013 Industry Profile - BodyShop Business

2013 Industry Profile

We surveyed body shop owners to put together a comprehensive report of where the industry is today.

Are Collision Repairers Their Own Worst Enemy?

It’s always been easy for repairers to see insurers as the bogeyman that causes all of their problems, but insurers are merely taking advantage of repairers’ lack of business knowledge and acumen.

Perhaps I’m showing my age by referencing an old cartoon character named Pogo, but when I hear shops complain about these abuses, one old Pogo strip comes to mind where he says: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” 

The Bogeyman

It’s always been easy for repairers to see the property casualty insurance industry as the “big bad bully” or bogeyman that causes all of our problems. And while some claimspeople do conduct themselves in an egregious manner, insurers for the most part merely take advantage of the opportunities the collision industry provides them. Insurers don’t generally create the opportunities; insurers simply take advantage of them for their own benefit.

Boosting the Value of Your Business

If you have more than five years before you plan to exit your business, there are many things you can do to increase its value and decrease your asset gap.

Running a Family Collision Business: Stay in Your Lane

In a family business, it’s important to divide the duties and respect each other’s lanes.

Planning a Buyout of Your Auto Body Shop

You’re looking to retire and your partner wants to buy you out.
What is the first step in this planning process?

Consolidation Update: The Big Merger

The Service King-Crash Champions merger is a great indicator that financial interest in the collision industry remains strong.

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Are You Ready to ROCK in 2023?

Do you know a “rockstar” in the automotive aftermarket? Then it’s time to nominate them as a Vehicle Care RockStar!

BodyShop Business 2022 Executives of the Year

This year’s Single-Shop award winner is Michael Bradshaw of K & M Collision in Hickory, N.C., and the Multi-Shop winner is Matt Ebert of Crash Champions.

Conducting Collision Business: It’s a New Day

The goal is not to declare war against insurers; it is to declare independence for your organization so that you’re able to provide the highest level of service to your true customers.

Don’t Be Quint: Embrace ADAS and Modern Vehicle Equipment

We can avoid a fate similar to Quint’s in the movie Jaws if we embrace ADAS, technology and training.