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Wednesday, 23 February 2011 22:48

Houston Auto Body Association Mulls Labor Rates Surveys for Houston Area Featured

The Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) held their monthly meeting on February 1 at 7:00pm at Russell and Smith Collision Center in Houston.

Part of the night’s agenda was to have an open discussion with the 25 or 30 members in attendance and the HABA Board Members about conducting a labor rates survey in the Houston area and which company should do this.

“We are currently getting bids from independent survey companies to conduct a labor rate survey in Houston and surrounding areas,” said HABA’s President, James Brown, “We strongly disagree with the insurance industries determination of what the prevailing rate is in our area.”

Brown went on to say that according to the Insurer Survey answers given by the five largest Insurers in Texas, their are many inconsistant procedures in determining prevailing rates.

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)
b.Frame Labor
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:
Title :
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.

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