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NABR to Present VRS at AASP-PA Meeting

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June 14, 2016—National AutoBody Research (NABR) will present the Variable Rate System (VRS) at the AASP-Pennsylvania chapter meeting in Pittsburgh on June 21.

To prepare for the launch of the VRS Labor Rate Survey in Pennsylvania, sponsored by AASP-PA, NABR will present its labor rate survey and VRS technology, demonstrating how it works and how shops can utilize the technology to better understand true labor rate prices in their area. This will allow shops to determine the right economic labor rate for that shop.

"We're excited to bring the VRS Labor Rate Survey and system to Pennsylvania," Jeff Walter, executive director of AASP-PA, said. "The Survey will provide an independent, third party, trusted source of labor rate data for the entire state. Through the VRS, repairers can run survey reports showing true, market-based labor rate ranges in any area, based on shops' actual prices, not on an artificially defined single prevailing rate for all shops."

"The VRS is ultimately about consumer care and safety," president of NABR Sam Valenzuela said. "Our research revealed a strong link between consumer safety and labor rates. Collision repairers need to be paid the right rates in order to afford the training, equipment, and certifications necessary to properly and safely repair today's vehicles, which increasingly use new technology, new manufacturing and construction techniques, and advanced materials.  So it's very important for all Pennsylvania collision repairers to know the right rates for their individual shop, and the Survey and Variable Rate System will go a long way to help with that." 

With Pennsylvania, VRS Labor Rate Survey will be in eight of the the top 10 most populous states in the U.S., and it will be the 16th state to launch the survey. 

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