About the Blake’s Collision Center Sponsorship

Blakes-Logo-AllCharcoal-2National AutoBody Research (NABR) is extremely enthusiastic to work with an cutting edge and progressive auto body shop owner like Scott Blake, who recognizes the value of NABR’s independent survey and Variable Rate System (VRS) technology, all for the purpose of helping Indiana shops know their market better and what rates to charge to earn a fair, reasonable, and sufficient profit.

“Not all shops are equal. There are differences in their level of training, investment in equipment and technology, certifications, and overall cost of doing business,” says Scott Blake, Owner of Blake’s Collision Center in LaPorte.  “Therefore, there are differences in labor rates that reflect the different quality and cost structures among shops.  The Blake’s Collision / VRS Labor Rate Survey will help to reveal this market reality.  We’re excited to work with an innovative company like NABR to help us get there.”

About Blake’s Collision Center

No one wants to have an accident in their automobile. But the facts say that the average person will need the services of an automotive body repair shop about once every seven years. The collision repair professionals of Blake’s Collision Center, hope you never need our services. But when you do, we want you to be able to say you were treated fairly and received your repaired vehicle back in pre-loss condition.

Nationwide, automotive body repairers and painters held about 200,000 jobs in 2007. Many of these jobs are held by the professionals in the state of Indiana. From dealership body shops to the independent operations; owner Scott Blake desires to brings them all together for one common cause:  “To Promote Professionalism and Consumer Awareness of the Automotive Collision Repair Industry in the State of Indiana.”  To learn more about Blake’s Collision, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlakesCollisionCenter.

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About the VRS Survey

The VRS differentiates between quality of shops to justify higher labor rate payments.  Most insurance companies pay a single rate to shops, regardless of their level of training, certifications, and equipment.  By contrast, the VRS methodology purposefully uses these factors to differentiate quality among shops, empowering them to charge higher rates than other shops with lower levels of training, certifications, and equipment.

The VRS Survey measures the current range of market prices for shop labor and material rates in the collision repair industry, based on factors such as a shop’s location, training, equipment, and certifications.

As repair shops complete the survey, the VRS automatically and in real time, calculates the range of market-based rates for several labor rates including body, paint, frame, and mechanical labor, as well as paint & material rates.

Once a shop completes the Blake’s Collision / VRS Labor Rate Surveyonline, its rates are immediately entered into the VRS system, and the Prevailing Market Rate Ranges (PMRR’s) are computed in real time for the entire State of Indiana. (See Map and Tables below).  Among many analyses and comparisons that can be made, this unique computation of rates helps Indiana shops compare their rates with those of shops in the various Regions.  The VRS also documents changes to the PMRR’s by a date and time stamp as seen below.

About the VRS Survey FRP Rates

“FRP” means Fair, Reasonable, and Profitable.  These are the rates that shops say they would charge if insurers did not adversely influence their labor rates.  In addition to asking shops for their retail / door rates, the Blake’s Collision VRS Survey asks Indiana shops to enter their FRP rates, based on their shop’s actual cost of doing business, and the price they need to be sufficiently profitable.

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About the VRS Survey Real-Time Results

Note the date and time stamp below.  The VRS Survey technology measures and reports labor rates continuously, so you are assured that the rates are the most current available.  Any time a shop changes their rates and completes a new survey to report these new, higher rates to the VRS, the new rates are automatically updated and included in the survey results. Therefore, over time, as shops increase their rates (for example, due to increases in their cost of doing business), the survey results show that the prevailing market rate ranges are increasing too, so that shops can be paid the higher rates.

About the VRS Survey Map

The adjacent map above provides a visual orientation of the zip codes from which 100 mile searches were conducted for this survey.  To view the market-based labor rates in each Region, click the appropriate button below.

 

 

Survey results for January 18, 2018, 3:02 am MST

Market-based Rate Ranges - 91 Total Shops

High Rate 61 61 84 128 139 108 41 71 41 77 46
Above Average 57 57 78 105 116 96 38 53 36 59 38
Average Rate 52 52 71 82 94 84 34 35 32 41 29
RangeBody
$/hr
Refinish
$/hr
Frame
$/hr
Alum Body
$/hr
Alum Struc
$/hr
Mech
$/hr
Paint
Matl
$/hr
PMC
Mkp %
LKQ
Mkp %
Strge IS
$/day
Strge OS
$/day

FRP Rate Ranges - 50 Total Shops

High Rate 84 84 129 139 154 114 52 119 50 93 74
Above Average 73 73 107 118 131 102 46 82 43 70 56
Average Rate 61 61 85 96 108 90 39 46 37 47 38
RangeBody
$/hr
Refinish
$/hr
Frame
$/hr
Alum Body
$/hr
Alum Struc
$/hr
Mech
$/hr
Paint
Matl
$/hr
PMC
Mkp %
LKQ
Mkp %
Strge IS
$/day
Strge OS
$/day

Market-based Rate Ranges - 150 Total Shops within 100 miles of 46970 - Map

High Rate 62 62 89 130 141 124 43 59 44 131 94
Above Average 57 57 80 105 117 107 38 46 38 94 69
Average Rate 52 52 71 81 93 89 33 33 31 57 43
RangeBody
$/hr
Refinish
$/hr
Frame
$/hr
Alum Body
$/hr
Alum Struc
$/hr
Mech
$/hr
Paint
Matl
$/hr
PMC
Mkp %
LKQ
Mkp %
Strge IS
$/day
Strge OS
$/day

FRP Rate Ranges - 52 Total Shops within 100 miles of 46970 - Map

High Rate 92 92 130 147 168 122 52 105 61 123 93
Above Average 77 77 107 123 140 107 45 74 49 88 67
Average Rate 62 62 84 98 113 92 39 43 38 52 41
RangeBody
$/hr
Refinish
$/hr
Frame
$/hr
Alum Body
$/hr
Alum Struc
$/hr
Mech
$/hr
Paint
Matl
$/hr
PMC
Mkp %
LKQ
Mkp %
Strge IS
$/day
Strge OS
$/day

Market-based Rate Ranges - 76 Total Shops within 100 miles of 46160 - Map

High Rate 65 60 85 116 140 103 42 53 38 89 39
Above Average 58 56 77 96 115 93 39 42 35 64 33
Average Rate 51 52 70 77 89 83 35 32 31 39 27
RangeBody
$/hr
Refinish
$/hr
Frame
$/hr
Alum Body
$/hr
Alum Struc
$/hr
Mech
$/hr
Paint
Matl
$/hr
PMC
Mkp %
LKQ
Mkp %
Strge IS
$/day
Strge OS
$/day

FRP Rate Ranges - 40 Total Shops within 100 miles of 46160 - Map

High Rate 87 87 113 138 154 116 50 49 45 62 49
Above Average 74 74 97 114 127 103 44 37 40 50 40
Average Rate 61 61 82 91 99 89 39 25 35 38 30
RangeBody
$/hr
Refinish
$/hr
Frame
$/hr
Alum Body
$/hr
Alum Struc
$/hr
Mech
$/hr
Paint
Matl
$/hr
PMC
Mkp %
LKQ
Mkp %
Strge IS
$/day
Strge OS
$/day

Explanation of the Labor Rate Data Table - Expand / Collapse