We are pleased to announce that we successfully completed the VBRA operating standards for
Car Body Repair
A Potted History
On 23rd May 1914 18 businessmen met in Bradford to discuss the possibility of establishing a governing body to represent them collectively in dealings with employees, suppliers, customers and Government.The Coachbuilding and Wheelwright industry was fragmented with many small businesses operating on a very local basis.Those 18 men could see that by joining together small businesses would have a better collective future.On 16th June, at a follow up meeting, the National Master Wheelwrights, Smiths and Coachbuilders Association was formed. Being such a mouthful the title was changed in 1919 to the National Employers Association of Vehicle Builders (NEAVB) which also reflected the diminishing role of the wheelwright and blacksmith which occurred gradually with the advent of the motorised vehicle.At that time the principle aim of the Association was to regulate wages and prices for work undertaken.
As the number of private vehicles increased specialist workshops handling only body repair emerged and in 1959 the NEAVB set up a new section, the Vehicle and Body Repairers Association. Its objectives were to negotiate ethical standards for trading with insurance companies, establish trade discount policies and advise members on costing and price alongside setting standards relating to vehicle and body repairers.
By 1965 the organisation was renamed the Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association. Interesting, and very topical for 2014, a paper was presented by the VBRA entitled “In the interests of Public Safety…. Greater control should be exercised on ‘Write Off’ vehicles”!As the Body Repair industry evolved the Association was strengthened by the two other associations amalgamating with VBRA due to their declining memberships.Throughout its history VBRA has been run by its members for their benefit and this continues today through the Repairers and Manufacturers Councils who work with the Board of Directors to set membership standards, define membership benefits and actively work, through the secretariat and often behind the scenes, to further the best interests of members.