|New site to survey U.S. labour rates|
|News - Collision Repair|
|Tuesday, 21 August 2012 15:11|
By Mike Davey
Wilmington, Delaware -- August 21, 2012 -- Collision repair professionals in the U.S. have a new tool when it comes to assessing labour rates. International Research Incorporated has launched a website that allows repairers to fill out surveys on labour rates. The service is not associated with or funded by any insurance company.
Repairers may fill out surveys for free. There is a small annual fee to view the results of the surveys.
The survey site does insist on shop identification, but only to ensure that each shop only fills out one survey and that the submitted rates are included in the correct geographic area. Names of shops or individuals are never published.
Each month, the site allows shops from a small number of states to participate. A full year covers the entire U.S.
Some may worry that the purpose of such a site is to aid collusion. However, the site itself warns participants not to discuss certain topics with other survey participants, as doing so is a violation of certain U.S. antitrust laws.
Plans currently underway focus exclusively on the U.S. collision repair business. Will Canada's industry get the same treatment in the future?
"There's been some discussion of that," says David Brown, spokesperson for International Research Incorporated. "We can say that it won't happen within the next 12 months, but it is part of the master plan."
For more information, please visit bodyshopratesurvey.com.
|Last Updated on Monday, 27 August 2012 15:02|