Shop owners today understand the challenges of rising costs and inflation. Without addressing this issue and making the needed adjustment to your margins, the increase in your expenses will end up hurting your bottom line. Adjusting prices, up or down, is a function of being in business and, at times, unavoidable.
Shop owners often fear that their customers may push back with any price increase. They ask themselves, “Will my customers understand? Will they shop other auto repair shops to compare my prices?”
The truth is your true profile customers are not loyal to you because of the prices you charge for your services and repairs. Yes, you need to be competitive, but you also need to be profitable. Your best customers are loyal because of the value they receive from doing business with you. Those are the customers you need to focus on and spend most of your energy on.
If you determine that you need to raise your prices, do it, but never apologize. Continue to build value in what you do. When value increases, price fades as an issue. However, when the customer does not see the value in your services and repairs, the customer will then focus more on the price.