June, 2000 Archives - BodyShop Business
Shop Owner Profile

Where would we be without all the shop owners in the world? After all, even the most productive, profitable and professional shop must have a leader — someone to guide the business and lock up after everyone else goes home.

Personnel Profile: The Shortage of Qualified Technicians

How many collision repair journeymen does it take to screw in a light bulb? Just one — but first you have to hire him.

Insurer-Relations Profile

The relationship between insurance companies and collision repair shops has, historically, been much like the relationship between a dog and a fire hydrant. (If you have to ask which role shops play, the moisture in your brain has short-circuited your thinking ability!)

Operations Profile: Business Savvy

With all the issues facing today’s shop owners — increased insurer involvement, diminished value (DV) and aftermarket (A/M) crash parts to name a few — it’s tough to run a collision repair business. Making it even tougher is that a lot of shop owners used to be technicians. Today, however, they need to be business savvy to operate successful and profitable shops.

Market Profile: A Dramatic Drop in the Frequency of Auto Accidents

Does it seem like people aren’t crashing their cars as much as they used to? Ever find yourself wishing for a hailstorm or an overpopulation of deer to create chaos on the highways and bring in some business?

Complain to the Right People

If a CAPA part doesn’t work for whatever reason, sitting around the shop complaining about it won’t solve the problem. Take the time you’d spend griping and fill out a CAPA Part Complaint Form instead

Are You Qualified To Hire Me?

Today’s employees want employers who motivate, train and reward. And they won’t think twice about job hopping if they’re not satisfied. So what’s the secret to hiring and retaining qualified people? Understanding there’s not necessarily a shortage of qualified help, but a shortage of qualified employers.

Prepare to Paint

Paint preparation is more difficult and complicated than it was a couple decades ago. To keep your shop as productive and profitable as possible, keep yourself up to date on the latest paint products.

Are Salvage Airbags Worth the Risk?, Stephen T. Lemnah

With the entry of low-cost salvage airbags into the collision repair industry, questions regarding their origin and safety — along with the liability and ethics of their use — are being raised by automobile manufacturers, collision repairers and insurers

Purchasing Profile

As a shop owner, you know where you’re spending your money (at least you’d better), but have you ever wondered how other shop owners are spending theirs? Do they spend about the same amount of money on equipment, parts and supplies as you? Are they buying fewer aftermarket (A/M) crash parts since the State Farm