Why are shop rates so low compared to other trades? Can I ditch my DRPs and still stay in business? What the heck should I pay my shop manager? If you’re like most of us, you’ve had questions but no one to answer them. That’s why we started this annual Readers Choice issue, now in
Finding ways of dealing with the evolutionary and revolutionary changes of this industry.
Are you one of those people who thinks it’s impossible to do a paint job without having to buff it before delivery? If so, think again.
Insurers offer volume in return for lower prices. But volume discounts do NOT apply to labor.
“Shop owner Jeff Delana asks, “How do I get the insurer to pay for the complete repair of the vehicle without non-stop faxing and adjusters coming and going for ridiculous and obvious damage approvals?”
Shop manager Bradley Wooten asks why American Family Insurance is getting by using strictly used or A/M parts.
Shop co-owner Chuck Logan asks whether he can tell DRPs to take a hike and still stay in business.
Painter Thomas Ferry questions why autobody shop rates are so low compared to other trades
Bill Johnson, body shop manager/lead tech, Beecher, Inc., Shenandoah, Iowa, asks:
“Why doesn’t the federal government mandate shop and technician
licensing by all state governments with strong enforcement to eliminate incompetent and unscrupulous shops and technicians?”
eff Rice, body shop manager, Pace Collision Center, Huntington, Indiana, says, “I always see what you’re supposed to pay techs, but what should managers make?