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Tuesday, 02 September 2008 15:49

Amaradio---Labor Rate Surveys are Flawed and Misleading

Written by Lee Amaradio, Jr.

Labor rate surveys were established as a starting point for negotiations. They are intended to create a floor to build upon, not a ceiling to keep prices artificially controlled. Today they are not serving any purpose other than keeping the cost down for the insurers. Insurers have even been bold enough to force the consumers to pay the rate difference when negotiations break down. It’s ironic because the code states that the burden of proof lies with the insurer, not the consumer.

Saturday, 02 August 2008 10:44

Have a Contingency Plan Before Separating from DRP

Written by Lee Amaradio, Jr.
In my last article I discussed counting the cost of doing business. What do you do when and if you decide to go the distance? What is the next step? Crunch the numbers to determine where money is being lost including which insurance companies are the lowest paying and the most difficult to work with. An insurer who delays payment would be classified as difficult to do business with. Any procedure you are just breaking even on should be classified as a loser also.
Saturday, 05 July 2008 12:32

Counting The Cost: Are You Willing to Go the Distance

Written by Lee Amaradio, Jr.

I  have a passion for what I do. I love my job because I welcome the challenges that the collision industry creates. I am never bored. Sometimes I feel like I’ve been in a battle all day, either with an employee, an insurer or even the customer, but I never find the day-to-day business activities tedious. Some days I could easily erase from my memory, but overall I like the challenges that must be overcome to survive this crazy industry. 

Monday, 02 June 2008 10:45

Have the Insurance Companies Pushed Collision RepairersToo Far?

Written by Lee Amaradio

The collision repair industry has reached a point where enough is enough. Shops have been watching their bottom lines drop to a point that is becoming dangerous. The insurers are so accustomed to getting something for free that when there is a legitimate charge, they make us feel as if we are the ones that are being unreasonable by asking them to pay it. 

Monday, 05 May 2008 17:00

Getting involved: How to Help the Collision Repair Industry

Written by Lee Amaradio

When I first began writing articles I was a body shop owner blowing off some steam. I sent it off hoping someone else out there felt the same way. As things turned out I was not alone, I’m now a columnist for Autobody News, and in a position of “Industry advocate.” [Photo: Lee and Sheri Amaradio outside the California State Capitol]

Wednesday, 02 April 2008 10:29

Comparing Apples to Apples, Insurers Win, Collision Repairers Lose

Written by Lee Amaradio, Jr.

The insurers have a dilemma; they can’t raise their policy prices in California but must keep their profits up to keep their stockholders happy. They need to run a tight ship and find savings where ever possible. As owners, we also have a big dilemma – raising our prices to keep our profits up. So while insurers still think that cutting the cost on our end is a way to maintain their profits, we are continuing our downward spiral. 

Friday, 29 February 2008 17:00

Shop Owners With Ethics Must Stand Up For Customers

Written by Lee Amaradio, Jr.

Truth: Conformity to fact or actuality, A fact that has been verified.
Honesty: Freedom from deceit or fraud.
Integrity: Soundness of moral character, honesty.


Thursday, 31 January 2008 17:00

Owners Should Aspire to Operate Shops That Make Money

Written by Lee Amaradio, Jr.

I’ve always taken pride in my business. Being a business owner and being my own boss is something I not only appreciate, I cherish. Making my own decisions became important to me early on in my life, but I knew that to have the freedom I wanted in my future, I would have to earn it. Owning a business has its rewards, but there is a price to pay.


Monday, 31 December 2007 17:00

Jobs Need to be Calculated in Dollars Not Hours

Written by Lee Amaradio, Jr.

Over the years, I’ve come to know myself well. For instance, I am a poor gambler. For that reason, I don’t gamble.


Thursday, 05 March 2009 11:09

Amaradio---Keeping Quiet From Now On

Written by Lee Amaradio, Jr.

I want to start out by saying “I’m Sorry” to all of those questionable insurance companies that I have offended by my articles.