Body Shops Suing To Maintain Hourly Rates


Body shop own­ers are try­ing a new tac­tic to recov­er what they believe to be rea­son­able repair rates: take insur­ance com­pa­nies to small claims court. This effort began in Cal­i­for­nia and Flori­da. Own­ers hope trend will spread nation­wide. Insur­ance com­pa­nies for their part chal­lenge the right of body shops to charge what­ev­er they like. Often the con­sumer is caught in the mid­dle and is pay­ing the dif­fer­ence.