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  • Industry calls for change
    The year 2006 was a tough one for many in the auto glass repair and replacement business, but industry leaders are calling for change. The National Glass Association is in talks with insurance executives to address higher mobile-service costs, as well as other issues affecting the health of the AGR industry.  “In order to maintain acceptable margins, most companies cannot continue to...
  • Chinese imports add to pricing pressures
    North American sales of aftermarket windshields, mirrors and tempered glass will continue to grow slowly at an annual rate of 2.8 percent through 2010, topping out at $1.1 billion, according to The Freedonia Group of Cleveland. In 2005, sales were up about 16 percent for the five-year period, totaling $950 million. Contributing factors include the popularity of SUVs and mini-vans, which use about...
  • Decline in insurance jobs opens doors for consumer direct sales
    Higher deductibles, fewer claims and record-setting gas prices meant less insurance work for retailers in 2006, with more than 75 percent of participants in AutoGlass magazine’s “State of the Industry” survey reporting an overall decrease in insurance jobs. (See chart, right.) Auto insurance premiums were expected to increase just 0.5 percent in 2006, the smallest increase in...
  • Some still profitable amidst challenging market conditions
    Nearly 70 percent of AutoGlass magazine readers responding to a recent survey reported profits were down in 2006, citing lower insurance reimbursement rates, increased fuel and operational costs, and lower prices as the primary culprits. The good news is they were still profitable amidst challenging market conditions.  The price discrepancy The discrepancy between what it costs to provide...
  • Rising costs mean rising rates for many retailers
    As gas prices continue to climb, so do the costs associated with mobile service. A week’s worth of gasoline for one service truck now averages $145, according to AutoGlass magazine’s recent survey of 81 owners and managers at retail auto glass repair and replacement companies throughout the United States. Annual auto insurance premiums per vehicle average $1,275, according to the same...
  • By Jenni Chase
    When it comes to expanding your service offerings, “it’s all about planning,” says Kenny Keller, president of Keller Glass Inc., headquartered in Trinidad, Colo. In 2000, after more than 15 years in the auto glass industry, he decided to tackle the commercial and residential glass markets, turning the once auto-glass only operation into a full-service glass company. Today,...
  • Retailers look beyond auto glass repair and replacement for income opportunities
    We want to be around when, someday, the auto glass business gets better,” says Marv Degerness, owner of a Harmon Glass Doctor franchise in Fargo, N.D. “I don’t know when that’s going to happen, but somebody will have to install auto glass, and we’re going to be there to do it.”In the meantime, Degerness offers residential and commercial glass services to offset...
  • Profit gains, losses split among retailers
    For many in the auto glass replacement business, 2005 was a tough year. Last December, AutoGlass magazine canvassed owners and managers at 85 retail AGR locations to gauge 2005 company profits, and 52.9 percent reported they were down. The good news is that 47.1 percent of retailers reported profits were up in 2005, citing better marketing campaigns, quality service and smarter buying as the...
  • Will the trend continue?
    Auto insurance premiums rose slightly in 2005, up just $13 per vehicle from 2004, according to the Insurance Information Institute of New York City. “We anticipate that rates will pretty much remain neutral in 2006, with very little increase [in auto insurance premiums],” reports Loretta Worters, vice president and spokesperson for the III. Consumers now pay more for their car...
  • An independent perspective
    Motivated by fear, many auto glass shop owners have bought into a lopsided network system that favors insurance companies. Profits have dropped at a record rate under that system. My shop saw gross sales drop as much as 33 percent last year. The fact that National Auto Glass Specifications prices dropped an average 67 percent last February hasn’t helped, either. Add in suppliers hitting you...
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