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Old 03-10-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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anybody in the collision repair business?

the community college has an i-car cert/training classes. is this worth it
to get?

i'm job hunting and may start hitting body shops, other than low pay to start what should i expect?
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:37 PM   #2
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the community college has an i-car cert/training classes. is this worth it
to get?

i'm job hunting and may start hitting body shops, other than low pay to start what should i expect?
We have some family friends that run a shop, and I've helped out around the place, though I'm certainly no collision specialist. However, to keep their business insurance, all their employees are required to be certified with it. It seems to benefit them quite a bit, as they get most of the work in town from the auto insurance folks, especially on modern stuff. If you were looking at a specialty shop doing customs or resto jobs, maybe not as necessary, but I'd say it's something worth having.

Another thing is PDR. The guy we had in-house doing it was splitting 50/50 with the owner, not traveling during the offseason, and still made $100k in the 6 months or so that I was helping out, and it's a small town. Of course, hail helps, so a lot of them travel for work, but the guys that can do bike tanks also seem to fare pretty well. In Vegas, I'd imagine you've got more competition and would almost need to travel for PDR.

As for what to expect, I've got no experience to pass on, but I might pitch in what I have noticed after some actual bodymen comment.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply
I know the college will talk up the program
but want info like yours
It seems what i found was if iwant to work
in a dealership icar means something
Thanks
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:52 PM   #4
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Do bodyshops pay piecework or by the hr?

I've got 10 shops to apply at but don't want to look
like a total dufus(which i am) i'm thinking
that 10/hr would be tops to expect if i'm lucky
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:48 AM   #5
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I'm all ears

Anybody got the inside info, bad stories.
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