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 May 23, 2018, 5:26 pm MST

Market-based Rate Ranges - 92 Total Shops

High Rate 62 62 86 127 138 113 41 71 41 77 46
Above Average 57 57 79 104 116 99 38 53 36 59 38
Average Rate 52 52 71 82 93 85 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 - 46 Total Shops

High Rate 82 82 110 139 154 114 50 119 47 88 55
Above Average 71 71 95 118 131 102 44 82 41 66 44
Average Rate 60 60 81 96 108 90 38 46 36 44 33
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 - 153 Total Shops within 100 miles of 46970 - Map

High Rate 62 62 90 129 140 126 43 59 44 132 93
Above Average 57 57 81 105 117 108 38 46 38 95 68
Average Rate 52 52 71 81 93 90 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 - 47 Total Shops within 100 miles of 46970 - Map

High Rate 91 91 112 147 168 122 49 105 60 123 83
Above Average 76 76 96 123 140 107 44 74 49 86 60
Average Rate 61 61 79 98 113 92 38 43 37 50 37
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 - 77 Total Shops within 100 miles of 46160 - Map

High Rate 60 60 85 115 139 104 42 53 38 91 39
Above Average 56 56 77 96 114 94 38 42 35 65 33
Average Rate 52 52 70 77 89 83 35 32 31 40 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 - 36 Total Shops within 100 miles of 46160 - Map

High Rate 87 87 114 136 151 117 49 37 45 62 50
Above Average 74 74 98 116 128 104 44 29 40 50 41
Average Rate 61 61 82 96 105 90 39 20 36 37 31
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