National AutoBody Research (NABR) has announced that a VRS Workshop will be held on March 21, 2015 at the AASP/NJ Northeast 2015 Automotive Services Show at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J.
Entitled “It’s Now or Never! Calculate and Collect Market-Based Labor Rates Using the Variable Rate System,” the meeting will run from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the demonstration area of AASP/NJ booth no. 423. All interested parties are invited to attend and are asked to reserve their spot and confirm their attendance by RSVP on the NABR website. (Workshop participants must first be registered attendees of the show in order to participate in the demo).
NABR CEO Richard Valenzuela and President Sam Valenzuela will present the Variable Rate System (VRS) technology as the much-needed solution to the collision repair industry’s stagnant labor rate problem. Through the VRS 5-Step Solution, attendees will learn how to utilize the VRS online tools to properly set labor rates for their individual shop based on:
- the competitive environment
- their shop’s cost of doing business
- the shop’s profit goals
- the shop’s level of training, certifications and investment in equipment and technology
“We are overjoyed with the opportunity to bring the VRS Workshop to New Jersey at such an important event as the AASP/NJ Northeast Show,” said Richard Valenzuela, CEO of NABR. “The urgency for shops to properly price their labor could not be greater than it is right now. The great news is that they can use the VRS today to make an immediate impact to their own rates and the overall prices in their markets.”
“We’re very excited about the Variable Rate System because it is nothing like the traditional surveys we have seen in the past,” said Charles Bryant, executive director of AASP/NJ. “The VRS gathers the important information that separates one shop from another – their level of training, level of investment in equipment, the type of vehicle being worked on, and more – and then reports back with a range of rates using an apples to apples comparison. I would strongly recommend that collision shops look further into the Variable Rate System, sign up and give it an opportunity to make a difference.”
In addition to New Jersey, NABR plans to hold more workshops at various locations throughout the country during 2015. The workshop schedule is posted on the NABR website.