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  1. Business & Automotive Discussions

    1. Auto Repair Shop Management Help? Start Here

      Do you have an automotive management or business related issue that you need help with? If you don't know what forum to post in, don't worry, just start by posting a new topic in this forum and we'll move in the appropriate forum category.

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    2. General Automotive Discussion

      General Automotive Discussion Forum. Here you can discuss anything Automotive related as a member of Auto Shop Owner! All General Automotive topics allowed.

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  2. Business Review, Coaching, Tips & Articles

    1. Business Talk - How's your shop doing?

      How was last month? How was last year? Shop performance and overall numbers review. Post a new topic to get started.

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    2. Joe’s Business Tips For Shop Owners

      Tips from Joe Marconi, co-founder of AutoShopOwner. His tips are shared to help you in your day to day shop operations, sales, customer service, marketing, advertising, and more!

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    3. Management Coaching, Business Training, Consulting

      Discussions regarding shop management and business help such as 20 groups, paid coaching, consulting, training, webinars, podcast, business seminars and business events, designed to help grow your business.

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    4. AutoShopOwner Articles

      This forum is reserved for article discussions. Comments posted on article pages will also be added as posts to article threads here, and visa versa.

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  3. Automotive Repair Shop Management

    1. Marketing, Advertising, & Promoting

      Automotive Repair Shop marketing, advertising, and promoting your business. Includes print, digital, email, and social network marketing.

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    2. Customer Experience & Reviews

      How was your customer's experience? Customer online reviews including good and bad, consumer complaints, and general customer service discussion. 

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    3. Running The Shop

      Managing your shop includes making sure its operating well. This can also include the building, equipment, facilities, vehicles, maintaining your bays and overall shop operations.

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    4. Workflow, Procedures, Shop Forms

      Automotive repair shop workflow management, procedure, productivity, quality control, systems & shop forms you use. To generate profitable sales and consistent quality customer service, you need to be in control and have in place specific systems and procedures.

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    5. Dealing With Competition

      Knowing who your competitors are and working through competition in your market. Get help with building a strong competitive strategy.

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    6. Pricing, Discounts, Labor Rate

      Parts matrix, shop labor rate, add-ons, and maintaining the correct pricing strategy to ensure your shop is profitable. Discounts, coupons, and specials.

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    7. Invoices & Estimates

      Writing up estimates and converting estimates to invoices. General customer invoicing discussions. 

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    8. Accounting, Profitability, & Payroll

      A sale must bring profit, if it doesn’t It’s a loss. Accounting is a major part of any business. Are you in control of your accounting and profitability? Are you controlling your payroll to be profitable?

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    9. Credit Cards, Payments, Financing

      Credit cards accepted, merchant accounts, customer financing and receiving payments towards work performed.

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    10. Expense Management, Rent, Taxes

      Shop expense management expenses. Includes most general expenses, rent, mortgage, taxes, and other expenditures that do not have a dedicated forum. 

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    11. Human Resources, Employees

      Automotive repair shop topics on human resource, payroll, employee hiring and terminations,  team building, healthcare and training. State Laws are all different, please check your state laws for specific guidelines.

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    12. Education & Training

      Education and Training your technicians, service writers, and other employees is an important part of making sure your staff is well equipped to service today's customers. Technical, sales, business and general shop automotive education topics.

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    13. Shop Insurance, Certifications, Laws, Legal

      Discussions about shop insurance, certifications, state and federal laws, regulations, and general regulatory and legal issues.

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    14. Management Software, Web Sites & Internet

      Discussions about automotive shop management systems, software, websites, the internet, online purchasing, how-to, etc.

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  4. Automotive Parts, Service & Technical

    1. Automotive Parts & Suppliers

      Discussions about automotive products, parts, manufacturer brands, trends, preferences, and more. Auto Parts and Supplier discussions.

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    2. Repair & Maintenance Services

      Oil Changes, tune-ups, brakes, inspections, and any other service your shop offers or is thinking of offering. Menu pricing, seasonal specials, maintenance services and other services.

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    3. Tires and Tire Services

      Do you sell car and truck tires? Do you include balancing, road hazard, and disposal? Looking to start selling tires? Tire topic discussions.

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    4. Fleet Service and Contracts

      Does your shop service a fleet of vehicles or have you secured business from federal, state, or local bids? Contracted business discussions.

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    5. Automotive Shop Tools & Equipment

      Hi-tech cars need hi-tech equipment. Need advice on purchasing diagnostic equipment, tire machines, shop tools, etc..? General Tools and Equipment discussions.

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    6. Technician Corner - Discussions

      This is the place for you to slide back to your technician side and have a talk with others about fixing cars, tools, jobs, etc.

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    7. Repair/Diagnostic Help & Tech Tips!

      Are you stuck on a vehicle? Need some help from your peers? Got a tip to share? Post your technical tips and repair help requests here.

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  5. Buying and Selling your Auto Shop Business

    1. New Repair Shop, Partnerships, Bank Loans

      Buying a repair shop? Creating a new company? Partnership problems? Adding more locations? Have a business deal you would like to discuss? Business Plans, Bank Loans, Real Estate.

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    2. Exit Strategy, Retirement, Selling Your Repair Shop

      Ready for retirement? Do you have a plan? Selling your auto repair business? What is your exit strategy? Building a plan for retirement.

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  6. Shop Programs and Franchising

    1. Auto Parts Banner Programs

      Aligning your automotive repair shop with major parts suppliers can help your business grow. Discussions about banner programs such as Tech-Net, Napa Car Care, and others.

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    2. Auto Shop Franchises

      Auto shop franchise discussions including some of the nationals leaders suchs as Midas, Meineke, Aamco, Big O Tires, and Precision Tune.

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    3. Shop Warranty Programs

      Auto shop nationwide warranty, tire warranty, labor warranty and other shop warranty discussions.

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  7. Auto Body Collision Shop Business

    1. Auto Body Shop Discussions

      Auto body shop discussion forum. Business and general topics relating to the automotive collision industry.

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  8. Non-Business Related Discussions

    1. Non-Automotive Discussions

      Non-automotive related topics. A topic posted in here does not have to be Automotive related. Members can discuss whatever they want in here!

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    2. Automotive News

      News in the automotive industry. Open for any member to post. Please post a source link to the news within your topic if its from a 3rd party site.

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    3. New Member's Area

      Introduce yourself to the community! Here you can start a new thread, to say hello to the community, and let everyone know that you are onboard!

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    4. AutoShopOwner Announcements

      Here you will will find announcements and information from the staff at AutoShopOwner.

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  9. Automotive Shop Classifieds, Resources & Events

    1. Automotive Classifieds

      Selling auto shop equipment, tools, or something else that may be of interest to other auto shop owners? Automotive shops for rent or sale? Post it here.

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    2. Automotive Business Opportunities

      Automotive Business Opportunities, franchise opportunities, and any other bussiness related posts. Repair shops for sale.

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    3. Events & Trade Shows

      Automotive events, meetings, trade shows. If you are an organizer of an event, please post it in our community calendar.

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