Lee Amaradio, Author at BodyShop Business - Page 2 of 2
Take Your Customers Back

In order to take back our industry, we need to take back our customers. How do we do that? By fighting insurers at their own game with clever marketing.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Follow the Leader

We’re playing insurers in the game of business, and we’re losing. So let’s play the game their way and run our shops like the profit-making ventures they are.

Is a Body Shop Classification System Reality?

Hotels have a star classification system, so why can’t collision repair facilities? This kind of system would allow top shops to be compensated properly and would give consumers something to measure all shops by.

Substandard Standards

The ‘substandard standard’ is quickly becoming the measuring stick all other repairs are judged by. It’s time to do proper repairs according to OEM specifications.

From Red to Black

We lost more than $150,000 on paint and materials last year. The reason is because the old dollars times paint labor hours formula is outdated. The
solution is invoicing.

Reader’s Choice – Corrosion Protection

“When repairing a vehicle, what is the best corrosion protection method to use?”
— Craig Chaffee, owner, Chaffee’s Autobody, Franklin, Mass.

We’re Talking Dollars, Not Hours: Labor Hours

Labor hours or units are like Vegas gambling chips: They’re easier to throw away than actual dollars. Retraining our brains to think of these hours as dollars, though, will lead to greater profitability

Collision Repair Salary vs. Commission

Each compensation method has its pros and cons. Ultimately, it comes
down to choosing the one that will compensate each individual technician according to his or her ability.

Eying Aluminum Certification? Envisioning the Future

Becoming a certified aluminum repair center isn’t easy and may not be worth
it for some, but it may prove necessary
to stay ahead of the game

Busy But Broke

Repairing cars is only a part of what we do. Ultimately, we run a collision repair buisness – which means we need to make a profit on the cars wedo fix.

Salary vs. Commission

Each compensation method has its pros and cons. Ultimately, it comes
down to choosing the one that will compensate each individual technician according to his or her ability.