The National Body Repair Association (NBRA), the trade body for collision repairers in the UK, is calling on the insurance industry to do more in helping repairers keep up with rising costs.
This follows news that Audatex, the global provider of bodyshop and insurance claims solutions, will be pushing their prices up 3.5% from 1 July 2018. The price increase will apply to the Global Claims Assessments, Mace and HGV assessments and also to Software and Solutions Fee.
Whilst NBRA members understand that businesses need to increase their charges to meet inflationary pressures, unfortunately, they are not seeing anywhere near this level of annual rate inflation from insurance or accident management work providers. With the exception of some performance related increases, the industry has not seen an inflationary rate increases for years.
Chris Weeks, NBRA Director comments, “This price increase is further evidence that we as an industry can no longer ignore the question of inflation forever.
“NBRA is calling on work providers to respond to this latest increase by adjusting their rates or discounts accordingly.
“We will be quick to applaud responsible work providers or insurers who are prepared to assist the industry with this latest cost increase, which without response represents a further erosion of margin. Please contact us if you are prepared to discuss making a positive change to the industry.”
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About the RMI
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.