Web-Est Releases Results from Survey Conducted Among Small to Mid-Size Body Shops Regarding Economic Conditions of the Auto Collision Industry

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Eighty-seven percent of surveyed shops say government initiatives have not helped. Forty-two percent believe the volume of business in the industry has gotten worse since January.

Web-Est conducted a survey with shops asked to share their opinion on the state of the economy. Conducted between July 7 and July 16, over 1,300 shops were invited to participate, with 70% of them identifying themselves as having 3 employees or fewer.

Respondents carried overwhelmingly negative views of efforts by Congress and the federal government (through Recovery Act/Stimulus Bill, Auto Bailout, Troubled Assets Relief Program, etc.) with 87% saying it has not helped the industry at all. Another important finding from the survey was individual respondent's view of their volume of business compared to the previous six months. Of the shops surveyed, 42% believe that their volume of business is worse than the last six months. Visit http://www.web-est.com to see the full results.

Web-Est provides a logic-based collision repair estimating program for $99 per month. Web-Est offers a full database of labor times, OEM and Aftermarket parts, and is provided by Mitchell International through a special data agreement with Web-Est, allowing users to easily estimate collision repair damages. Web-Est services cater to the small- to mid-size auto body shop market by providing low-cost, logic based collision repair estimating software.

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