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Thursday, 20 September 2012 16:21

Gunder’s Has 15 Insurers Paying New Labor Rate

“15 and Counting,” answers Ray Gunder. “That’s how many insurers, since this past August, have seen fit to pay our revised labor rates rather than to try and legally defeat what we deem to be ‘reasonable and necessary!’”

Gunder goes on to state: “It’s been a busy few weeks, and while 14 of the 15 insurers conceded without so much as a whimper, Infinity Insurance needed a bit of persuasion. With the help of our legal counsel, Attorney Brent Geohagan’s representation of Gunder’s Auto Center, Inc., they too came to the right conclusion and are paying our new labor rates for body and refinishing, as well as an elevated labor rate for frame/unibody repair. Of course they are also paying applicable legal fees and costs for the lawsuit as well.”


Event: I-CAR Atlanta 4th Annual Rockin’ Car Show
October 6, 2012 10:00 am
October 6, 2012 3:00 pm
I-CAR Atlanta Committee
August 29, 2012
2102 Old Hwy 41, Kennesaw, GA, 30144, United States

Make plans to attend the I-CAR Atlanta 4th Annual Rockin’ Car Show on Saturday October 6th, 2012. Show hours 10 am until 3 pm with Judging from 12 noon until 1:30 pm. Rain date is Oct 27th.  27 different classes and 3 Best of Show Trophies.  Live music by The Fender Benderz!  Held at Hooters located at 2102 Old Hwy 41 in Kennesaw, GA.  Download the info flier – click here.

Austrian auto parts supplier voestalpine Metal Forming, under its automotive body parts unit, plans to invest $62 million to build a plant near Cartersville, GA, creating 220 jobs.
The new facility will be its first in the Southeast. The industrial park is located at the midpoint between Atlanta and Chattanooga.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the opening of a two new repair centers in North Carolina and one in Georgia. The Boyd Group now operates 151 locations in the U.S.
The first repair center is located in Concord, NC and was previously known as Turn 2 Collision. It is approximately 10,000 square feet in size. The second center in Havelock, NC previously operated as Robert’s Body Shop and is approximately 20,000 square feet in size. Both centers are now operating under the Gerber Collision & Glass trade name.

The new repair center in Alpharetta, GA is approximately 10,000 square feet in size. It previously operated as Carson Automotive and is now also operating under the Gerber Collision & Glass trade name.

“The opening of these centers brings our total locations in North Carolina to 19 and in Georgia to 13, as we continue to execute on our growth strategy by adding new centers in attractive locations to our North American footprint,” said Tim O’Day, President and COO of the Boyd Group’s U.S. Operations.

Thursday, 23 August 2012 15:56

MCRA Discusses PartsTrader at August Meeting

The Mississippi Collision Repair Association held its August 20 meeting at Uncle Buck’s restaurant in The Bass Pro Shop in Pearl, MS and the issues surrounding State Farm’s PartsTrader procurement program continues to be a big concern for members. In fact, the proposed program was the impetus that revived the association after many years of inactivity.

According to John Mosley, association past president and owner/operator of Clinton Body Shop Inc. in Central Mississippi, the August meeting included discussing proposed bylaws, collecting dues and nominating officers. Additionally, the meeting included an open discussion pertaining to the trials and tribulations of proper P-page logic estimating procedures and discussion regarding the issues surrounding State Farm’s pilot PartsTrader program.

Thursday, 23 August 2012 15:33

Shop Owner Wars with Boynton Beach

Over the past two years, David Floering—who has owned Eastern Auto Body and Glass, Inc. (dba as Eastern Towing and Recovery) in Boynton Beach, FL, for 24 years—has become something of an expert in fighting city government.