John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).

He can be contacted at john@crashnetwork.com 

Wednesday, 11 August 2021 08:38

Collision Repair Work on Commercial Vans Offers Lucrative Opportunity

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...to see this segment of the industry growing in the future.”


Tim Yocum is among those seeing commercial van repair as a lucrative addition to his shop’s work mix. Yocum, manager of the Tom Masano Collision Center in Reading, PA, said the shop has capacity for as many as 12 Roadmaster small trucks and eight medium box trucks at a time for companies like Amazon and FedEx, charging $95 per labor hour for body and paint. As a dealership, the company can provide maintenance work on the commercial vehicles as well.


“We are loaded up with Amazon vehicles and have more coming,” Yocum said. “We are now sending our own transportation company to pick up these vehicles in a tri-state area.”


The shop has 23 employees and annual sales of about $4.6 million.


“But we had another new record for sales last month, a little over $450,000,” Yocum said in early August. “Gotta love this business. It’s great to see my team striving to hit higher monthly goals.”


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