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Unread 07-16-2008, 08:41 PM   #1
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body work labor rates

anyone know what body shops charge per hour on labor. not really needing guestimates, but responses from people who really know. My insurance company is using $40hr and that seems ridiculous. Our dealership charges $100hr for mechanical labor, and we are not the highest.
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Unread 07-16-2008, 09:07 PM   #2
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Working on a typical vehicle (i,e. not a ferrari etc.) you will looking at anywhere form $60-$120 around where I live.
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Unread 07-16-2008, 09:48 PM   #3
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i am gonna call 3 body shops and ask what they charge for labor, then use that against the insurance co. They don't know I still have an insurance liscense and i am in car sales. I will not take their "asking price" for an estimate.
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Unread 07-16-2008, 09:54 PM   #4
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Nichols Ford charges most insurance companies between $36 & $40 per hour. We charge $97 for mechanical.
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Unread 07-16-2008, 10:01 PM   #5
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i guess it's all about location
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Unread 07-16-2008, 10:09 PM   #6
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I was talking to the body shop manager the other day. He explained that most insurance companies negotiate better rates with body shops and then use them as a preferred vendor. You'd be surprised how low a body shop labor rate is compared to mechanical labor rate. If you think about it, technology hasn't really changed for body repair where as your always learning new things on the mechanical side.
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Unread 07-16-2008, 10:18 PM   #7
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$32 to $40 seems to be the norm in D/FW...higher end collision repair shops charge twice, sometimes three times that...
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I was talking to the body shop manager the other day. He explained that most insurance companies negotiate better rates with body shops and then use them as a preferred vendor. You'd be surprised how low a body shop labor rate is compared to mechanical labor rate. If you think about it, technology hasn't really changed for body repair where as your always learning new things on the mechanical side.

x2, labor rates on mechanical are alot higher than body rates, double actually, insurance will usually pay 38-42 dollars an hour on the body work side of things where as i have never seen a mechanical rate for less than 80 an hour and dealership work is alot higher than that, around 110 or so depending on dealership and location. it should be devided up within the estimate/quote/claim, what costs what and how many hours were spent on each.
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Unread 07-16-2008, 10:24 PM   #9
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36.00 to 42.00 an hr body labor, mech labor is usually not surveyed, so the shops get their mech labor, could be from 50.00 to over a hundred an hr, depending on where you go, insurance body rate is usually from 36 to 40 an hr
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