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Labor Rate Survey Expands to Ohio

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Jan. 6, 2015—National AutoBody Research (NABR) has announced its partnership with Bob Juniper, owner of Three-C Body Shops Inc., to launch the Bob Juniper/VRS Ray Gunder Real-Time Labor Rate Survey in the state of Ohio.

Different than other surveys, the VRS surveys measure the current range of market-based prices for shop labor and material rates in the collision repair industry, based on factors such as a shop's location, training, equipment, and certifications.                                                    

As repair shops complete the online survey, NABR's Variable Rate System (VRS) technology automatically calculates the range of market-based rates for several labor rates including body, paint, frame, and mechanical labor, as well as paint & material rates.

These surveys work together with the five-step VRS process and active use of the VRS online tools to break through the long-time trend of stagnant labor rates and restore rates to higher, free-market based levels.

In addition to Ohio, NABR recently launched the VRS Ray Gunder Survey in Idaho, Texas, Georgia, and Florida. Throughout 2015, the Company plans to launch the survey nationwide to add even more labor rate data to its VRS system, building the industry's first and only independent, third-party, and objective source of real-time, market-based, national labor rate data.

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