Only one Insurer has a way for the Collision Industry to provide their individual labor rates, which is why association-directed surveys can help find an average labor rate.
The script of the survey is as follows:
“CSi Complete Independent Labor Rate Survey On behalf of the HABA
This survey is to determine the labor rate in the Metro Houston market by an independent third party. If you are a Multi-Location facility, please fill out a survey for each individual location. No Shop Names will be published when the results are released.
1. What is your Posted Hourly Rate on the following:
a. Body Labor (ex. customer pay rate)
c. Paint Labor
d. Paint Material
e. Mechanical Labor
2. What is the total number of technicians employed? (Body, paint, and mechanical)
3. How many work stalls do you have?
4. What is the square footage of your facility?
5. What is the gross annual sales of your shop?
a. Under $500,000 in annual gross sales
b. $500,000 to $1,000,000 in annual gross sales
c. $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 in annual gross sales
d. Over $2,000,000 in annual gross sales
Shop Name :
Survey completed by:
Please fax completed survey to (614) 873-9834”
HABA is moving forward with conducting the surveys now that CSi Complete has signed on to conduct them. They will be reaching out to shops via phone, web and faxed surveys in March and April of this year.
“We are providing a list of a thousand body shops along with their phone numbers [to the company chosen to conduct the surveys],” said Brown, “We have commitments from some of our Associate Members to cover the cost of the survey.”
For more information please visit www.habaonline.org. The survey can also be taken online at http://www.csicomplete.com/haba/. This link will not be active until March 10.