“15 and Counting,” answers Ray Gunder. “That’s how many insurers, since this past August, have seen fit to pay our revised labor rates rather than to try and legally defeat what we deem to be ‘reasonable and necessary!’”
Gunder goes on to state: “It’s been a busy few weeks, and while 14 of the 15 insurers conceded without so much as a whimper, Infinity Insurance needed a bit of persuasion. With the help of our legal counsel, Attorney Brent Geohagan’s representation of Gunder’s Auto Center, Inc., they too came to the right conclusion and are paying our new labor rates for body and refinishing, as well as an elevated labor rate for frame/unibody repair. Of course they are also paying applicable legal fees and costs for the lawsuit as well.”
Gunder has 12 current lawsuits pending against State Farm, Allstate, USAA and GEICO for their failure to pay “reasonable and necessary” allowances for labor and materials and five lawsuits against the insurers for labor rates alone.
“I can’t express what a feeling of freedom and an incredible sense of independence it gives me to once again have control over my business and its destiny,” said the founder of the Central Florida-based 44-yearold collision repair shop.
“For the first time in a long time, I able to offer my employees a pay raise! They have stuck with me through thick and thin and it’s time they were rewarded for their loyalty and support.”
Gunder went on to say, “Like many, I suppose, I’d forgotten what it was like to operate my business without other’s telling me what I could and couldn’t do.”