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Ed Attanasio

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian.

 

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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 20:00

Body Shop Owner Goes From a Big City to a Small Town

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When Dave Zamora moved from the Bay Area to open Zamora Auto Body in Valley Springs, CA, he thought things would get better, but now he's not getting paid enough on his repairs and having issues recycling bumpers. When Dave Zamora moved from the Bay Area to open Zamora Auto Body in Valley Springs, CA, he thought things would get better, but now he's not getting paid enough on his repairs and having issues recycling bumpers.

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On top of it all, Zamora said he is paying more to fix cars in southern California in comparison to the price to fix cars in northern California. "These insurance companies base our rates on their surveys, but that really needs to change, because the cost of the repair is the same, whether we're here or in the Bay Area. They tell me that house prices are lower here, and that's why they pay me less, but I tell them I'm fixing cars, not houses. We purchase our products from the same vendors as all of the other auto body shops in this state. We get paid the same, but our prices are not the same, due to surcharges and additional delivery taxes. One example is the glass industry—Safelite and Lynx collect a disposal fee from us, yet the insurance companies won’t give it to us."

 

Working in collision repair for around 40 years has been a great career for Zamora. He now owns several homes and the property where his shop currently stands. He wanted to build a new facility a few years ago, but local zoning laws got in the way. "I bought five acres and started making plans to build my dream shop," he said. "But then the county decided to change the area to a residential zone and I was left hanging. I may build another house there, but I'm not sure."

 

Zamora thought that moving to the country would be peaceful, but now he’s thinking about retiring earlier than he had anticipated. "It's a different world out here and a great place to retire, but running a body shop in this town is not easy. I have more than 40 classic old cars I want to restore, and the best part is that the insurance companies, recyclers or parts companies won't be able to mess with me anymore!"


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