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  2. The right people performing consistently has certainly been a key to my ability to have a life, while owning my business. Some of that, I have to attribute to a healthy dose of good fortune, throughout my career, but especially early on(first 10 years). It was securing a single A tech (started as a C tech) and a service advisor , both with the right attitudes and right work ethic, and keeping them for 25 years plus, that has made the biggest difference for me. Others have come and gone, but having a core team through it all, made an immeasurable difference for me. This is especially noticeable
  3. https://youtu.be/yqxX5sBiqYw Welcome to a special CarmCast #094 on the role you play in recognizing our auto care industry top people. The AAPEX Service Awards are ready for your nomination. Find them aapexshow.com/service awards. The deadline is September 1, 2021. Joining me is Dwayne Myers, Partner, Dynamic Automotive and Bill Nalu, Interstate Auto Care, Madison Heights, MI. Bill and Dwyane were nominators from last year honors. They each had their nominee win. This is a very important opportunity to increase the bar of professionalism in our industry. I’m sure you know someone worthy of
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  5. https://youtu.be/qQ7_69efBGk Guest host, Russ Crosby from Russ’s Wrench Auto Repair located in Clinton, NJ. Virtual shop tour with Tom Palermo from Preferred Automotive Specialists in Philadelphia, PA Trivia Challenge: What car was featured in the movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit?’ Dorman gives people greater freedom to fix vehicles by constantly developing new repair solutions that put owners and technicians first. By always innovating, Dorman has led the way in growing the aftermarket. Here you will see a few examples of a Dorman OE Fix. An OE FIX is a Dorman repair solution you ca
  6. Well, if anybody deserved my money, it's this group.  I left a free automotive group.  You can't buy a membership even if you wanted to.  My hat's off to Joe.

    I'm a retired shop owner who does free consulting and advice to give back to the industry that has been so good to me for 40 years.

    Larry Bloodworth

    [email protected] 


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      ASOG Podcast

      So, what are you asking me?

    3. Transmission Repair

      Transmission Repair


      I'm one of the lucky ones.  I'm just trying to help.  That's all.  No fame, no glory. No nothing.  Just trying to help shops out of the hell hole I came from.  Google my happy ass.


    4. Transmission Repair

      Transmission Repair

      I'm not asking anything.  I'm trying to contribute for free.  I became a multi-million dollar former shop owner and I would like to tell how I did it so that other shop owners don't have to go through the hell-storm I did.

      [email protected] 


  7. Bill Hanvey, President and CEO of the Auto Care Association. Bill is engaging the automotive aftermarket to get involved in letting your legislators know the issue about data. Your help is needed to help in amending the right to repair legislation. Learn everything you can about this fight to amend the right to repair legislation. Ownership of Vehicle Telematic Data Must Flow to the Vehicle Owner. Bill leads the strategic direction of The Auto Care Association’s 3,000 members and 150,000 companies representing automotive manufacturers, distributors, and service providers. Find Bill’s other ep
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKeMWtb7NU4 Fresh out of High School, John Gustafson and his brother, Frank, took their passion for fixing cars and made it a career. In 1971 the brothers specialized in Volkswagen which were very popular in that era, since then the shop has flourished. John is the president and CEO of Gustafson Brothers, Inc. an auto service center in Huntington Beach, California. The company specializes in customer service and performs auto service work, collision repair, and paintwork along with other auto-related services for the community. John is a Certified ASE Master T
  9. Policies and procedures makes a big difference and how a business is successful or a failure. They should be aligned with the mission statement of the business When we have written procedures, more than likely it's because something happened and was resolved. Policies and procedures reduced the amount of headaches for a shop manager or an owner. ...and Yes, the policies and procedures will confirm the success of the second location along with having the right people.
  10. Jake Sorensen- 2019 NAPA ASE Technician of the Year and 2019 Ratchet + Wrench All-Star technician of the year. He is an ASE Master technician with L1,2 and 3 advanced level certifications. He is the shop manager and diagnostic technician at McNeil’s Auto Care in Sandy, UT where he helped develop an apprenticeship program that is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. This program has graduated several high-performing automotive technicians and was used by NAPA Auto Care as a template for their automotive apprenticeship program. Jake also developed the curriculum for an automotive course
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  12. We have a dedicated parts vendor entrance with a shelf for deliveries and one for returns. All vendors have been put on notice that unless there is a purchase order on their delivery ticket, we don't pay for the part. Like jfuhrmad said above, it doesn't take long for them to catch on. You might want to meet with your reps for the vendors and let them know what you are doing. We find there is a lot of turnover in the stores and they have to be reminded every few months. We order 90% of our parts electronically through our point of sale software It is set up so that any part that is ordere
  13. https://youtu.be/pGfo0vWSKD8 Guest host, Alan Beech from Beech Consulting speaks to DVI open rates Virtual shop tour with Greg Bednar from Greg's Champion Auto, Mankato, MN Trivia Challenge: The Pontiac Tempest Transformed to be What Model? Dorman gives people greater freedom to fix vehicles by constantly developing new repair solutions that put owners and technicians first. By always innovating, Dorman has led the way in growing the aftermarket. Here you will see a few examples of a Dorman OE Fix. An OE FIX is a Dorman repair solution you can’t get from the original equipment m
  14. Dena Ganje, My Mechanic, Tuscon, AZ. At 19 she received her first car as a surprise from her future husband Billy, this was a vehicle he restored and since then she have been a part of the automotive industry in one aspect or another. Key Talking Points Community help- you have the time even if you don’t think you do. If you’re thinking about it, you’re already doing it and you need to put it into action. People think the little things don’t add up but it does. If your customers or employees ask for your help (sponsoring little league) find a way to help. What’s important to them should b
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RDrRgsYj6A Todd Campau is Automotive Aftermarket Practice Lead at IHS Markit. Mr. Campau is Automotive Aftermarket Practice Lead at IHS Markit. He has nearly twenty years of experience in the Aftermarket Industry. In his role at IHS Markit he is responsible for the development of insights and new product concepts for the Aftermarket. Prior to IHS Markit he spent three years as a Catalog Manager at Gates Corporation and over seven years in Data Management at MAHLE Clevite Inc.. Mr. Campau served for 6 years on the Auto Care Technology Standards Committee,
  16. Barry Barrett, a Certified EOS Implementer As an EOS Implementor in his company, Business With Purpose, brings dedicated support to Leadership and Sales teams in all types of organizations, helping them structure the six key components of their business to make it operate with the best processes for their specific industry, using the EOS Model. Barry’s energy is contagious no matter if he is in a session with a client, giving a keynote address, or rolling up his sleeves in a workshop. Barry is a business coach with his positive mental attitude, incredible work ethic, and determination for ex
  17. I started out as an assistant body shop mgr under a good leader, he was patient and honest to teach the new guy the right way and worked my way up learning the ropes. I had asked way back then why there was no training center for either body shop mgrs or estimators? There may be now, but back then there was none. You maybe could start asking all the paint supply store salesmen who in thier opinion would be someone maybe willing to switch jobs from where they are to your shop. Knowing a good paid and appreciated employess would not be willing to move, you just might find a good replacement clos
  18. https://youtu.be/M-RdfQ6NglQ Guest host business coach Chris Cotton from Auto Fix - Auto Shop Coaching speaks to increasing shop productivity Virtual shop tour with Tiffany Scherado from Lifetime Transmissions, Broken Arrow, OK The trivia question: If you own a Ford Pick-Up or a Honda Civic, what statistic are you part of? Dorman gives people greater freedom to fix vehicles by constantly developing new repair solutions that put owners and technicians first. By always innovating, Dorman has led the way in growing the aftermarket. Here you will see a few examples of a Dorman OE Fix.
  19. Are you looking for online or a tech school close by? Have a look at : https://www.autotrainingcentre.com/automotive-online-training/estimating-courses-online/
  20. Rob Choisser- Choisser Automotive Services, Davidsonville, MD. Rob started in the industry as an oil change/apprentice under my step-father, Bob Owens, at a Honda dealer in 1989. He worked toward certification in every course HONDA would offer and ASE, achieving Platinum Level with Honda and ASE Master Auto Technician with L1 Advanced Engine Performance. Continuing on the training and certification path I became a Maryland Vehicle Safty Inspector, a Maryland Emissions Repair Technician, and a Maryland Licensed Locksmith. In 2002 he was recruited to open a new Honda dealership as the shop forem
  21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2pWeJGVgNs Fred Gestwicki, Jr, Fix-It With Fred, Canton, OH Gilda Dykman, Cars Automotive & Muffler, Redondo Beach, CA, with husband Michael. After 16 years working in the diamond industry, Gilda began her automotive career with Edelbrock in Torrance CA in their purchasing department. From there she joined in my husband's family business and have been there for 25 years. Russell Crosby is the owner of Russ’s Wrench Auto Repair located in Clinton, NJ. Listen to Russell's previous episodes HERE Key Talking Points Technicians- you must be constantly g
  22. Can anyone tell me if there is a good source for Auto body/ Insurance estimator training? Quality is more important than price, but of course price is a consideration. We just tragically lost our person who did 100% of this for our shop. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  23. Mark Roepke, Quality Auto Mart & Service, Batesville, IN. When it comes to “Alternative Profit” centers Mark and Nancy Roepke have created a solid pathway for alternative incomes as the Owners of Quality Auto Mart, Quality Carts and Quality Storage. Mark and his parents bought 4 acres in 1987, just outside of Batesville, IN, to build an auto repair facility and Quality Auto Mart & Service was born. His parents, Charles and Betty Roepke, built a 100 unit Storage facility that was one of the first in the area. After the passing of his parents, Mark and Nancy continue to operate Qualit
  24. https://youtu.be/fYpmX5xvo5I Guest host, Scott Brown from Cardinal Shell, Springfield, VA. Speaking about his new stand alone Business to Business Technology Repair Center. Virtual shop tour with Aden McDonnel from McDonnell (ATS) Automatic Transmission Systems, Livingston, MT Trivia Challenge: Harley Earl designed the La Salle in 1927, the beginning of a trend towards lower and wider cars. As head of GM’s styling department, he invented the tail fin and designed which iconic car? Dorman gives people greater freedom to fix vehicles by constantly developing new repair solutions th
  25. Mike Davidson began his automotive career in 1984 as a car detailer at a GMC dealership. He started working in independent shops in 1992 and opened Parkway Automotive in 1998. He joined RLO Connor’s Bottom-Line Impact Group in 1999 and graduated from the Automotive Management Institute in 2000. Mike was voted Arkansas’ NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year from 2001 to 2008, joined Elite Pro Service Peer Group in 2008, and continues to be an active member. He has been a business coach for Elite Worldwide, a published author, and a presenter at multiple conferences across the United States. He creat
  26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdNT2JDRZiY Scott Brown, Cardinal Plaza Shell, Springfield, VA. The second-generation owner of Cardinal Plaza Shell, a 2,700 square feet, 5 bay independent repair shop and LEVEL 5 Solutions, an automotive technology company. Celebrated 50 years in business during 2019. Scott is a Member & Past President of Virginia Automotive Association, Member of Car Care Professional Network through the ACA. and founding partner of the Blue Ocean Buying Group for independent repair shops Craig Noel, Owner of 4 location Sun Automotive Springfield, OR. Craig graduated fro
  27. Hi! I appreciate you taking a look! If you're interested I would be happy to get on a call and provide a Demo. You should be seeing something like this once your log in and create a team.
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