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Results indicate 1.56-percent average increase over 2011 rates, bringing labor rates to $42 per hour and materials to $30 per hour.
The Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) recently completed its 6th Annual Labor & Materials Rate Survey for the Atlanta Metro area, and the results indicate a 1.56-percent average increase over 2011 rates, bringing labor rates to $42 per hour and materials to $30 per hour.
Other findings include:
Refinish rate: $42.66 0.81-percent increase over 2011
Frame rate: $65.54 1.14-percent increase over 2011
Approximately 292 shops participated in the survey. To ensure unbiased data collection, the survey was conducted by CSi Complete, a provider of customer satisfaction indexing to collision repair, insurance companies and other service industries.
GCIA states it has two goals in conducting this annual survey:
To utilize an impartial company to identify and communicate statistically valid figures representing the prevailing labor and material rate for collision repair services offered in the Atlanta Metro area.
To communicate the results of the research to both collision repair facilities, insurance carriers and the appropriate parties involved in serving the consumer in the repair and claims handling process.
GCIA encourages all claims managers and insurance company executives to thoroughly review the survey results and join the GCIA in its effort to alleviate the variances between the actual prevailing rates and the rates GCIA claims some carriers are currently compensating collision repair shops for materials and labor in the Atlanta Metro area.