collision repair

  • The most common labor rates in a collision repair facility are: body, structure, frame, mechanical and paint. The goal is to have a higher effective labor rate than your posted door rate.  
  • Paint material dollars can be measured by the price you pay on the jobber invoice – the expense – or the amount you use on a job – the cost. The problem with the expense is it’s difficult to realize the value. To see the value, you need to determine your cost per paint hour.
  • Our job is to create one damage assessment that clearly describes the repairs needed and how the repairs must be performed. To accomplish that we must use the estimate line, line notes and photos to illustrate what is expected.
  • How many repairs are in the dead zone because they are waiting on a sublet vendor, the frame machine or mechanical work? This chaos can all be prevented through repair planning.
  • Whether you call them fast track or express repairs, these small repairs could be the key to improving cycle time. Fast track repairs generally cost less than $1,500, which for most shops is commonly 45 percent to 50 percent of their business
  • After two consecutive years of collision repairers saying they felt less pressure from insurance company influences, that trend reversed in the Aftermarket Business World 2017 Collision Shop Study.
  • In addition to including glass removal under preparation for repair, you should also think about pre-painting parts like core supports, hood hinges, rear body panels and even the underside of the roof if it was required in OEM procedures.
  • I have visited shops with full parking lots who think they are busy, but realistically, nothing is moving. The repairs are all scheduled, regardless if a technician is available to work on them, just because it is Monday.