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  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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    • On Record with Greg Buckley. Greg discusses extended car warranties. You must educate your customer! Greg Buckley, owner of Buckley’s Auto Care in Wilmington, and Millsboro DE.  Greg’s previous episodes HERE. Show Notes:   Extended warranty- used car market has been hot over the last few years. People want a ‘protection’ What types of companies underwrite policies?  You must educate the customer on what they already purchased for their vehicle- most contracts are limited  Ask for a copy of the contract, review it, look for ‘what’s not covered,’ and explain to customer. Additional testing time? Labor? Rust?  “Do your own warranty” before you fall into the marketing funnel of extended warranties  Are these customers one and done? Only repairing what is covered and not doing proper maintenance.  Better margins with OE for warranty claims You must have oil change records- regular service receipts   Connect with the Podcast:   Aftermarket Radio Network Subscribe on YouTube Visit us on the Web Follow on Facebook Become an Insider Buy me a coffee Important Books Check out today's partner:   Dorman gives people greater freedom to fix vehicles by constantly developing new repair solutions that put owners and technicians first. Take the Dorman Virtual Tour at www.DormanProducts.com/Tour   Click to go to the Podcast on Remarkable Results Radio
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    • Chris Lawson is back for Part 2 of our discussion about finding technicians in our industry. This episode focuses on the advanced strategies for finding technicians on Indeed and Facebook. Do you require a resume on Indeed? Find out why you shouldn't! Chris Lawson, TechnicianFind.Com. Chris' previous episodes HERE Show Notes If you’re looking to hire an experienced technician with a job, throwing more money at job boards is a losing strategy. You need to go where techs hang out online, and that’s social media. Building a connection- ask questions, find out what they are trying to accomplish in their career 2 weeks notice- it’s a dangerous time, follow up with value (shorten the time period, putting in a touch point with communication, remind them why they said yes to the offer). Consider creating a 2 week orientation to keep them engaged.  Always be recruiting- ask for referrals. Respond to comments and questions on ads Spend time on good headlines and good ads Why you shouldn’t require a resume on Indeed- do technicians have an updated resume to apply? Get them on the phone! Hiring Insights on Indeed- free tool, the automotive technicians are extremely competitive, Connect with the Podcast: Aftermarket Radio Network Subscribe on YouTube Visit us on the Web Follow on Facebook Become an Insider Buy me a coffee Important Books Check out today's partners: Set your sights on Las Vegas in 2023. Mark your calendar now … October 31 - Nov 2, 2023, AAPEX - Now more than ever. And don’t miss the next free AAPEX webinar. Register now at AAPEXSHOW.COM       NAPA TRACS will move your shop into the SMS fast lane with onsite training and six days a week of support and local representation. Find NAPA TRACS on the Web at NAPATRACS.com Click to go to the Podcast on Remarkable Results Radio
    • You can't pick up a newspaper or watch the news on TV without reading or watching something about the state of the economy. No matter how this was caused, or whether we are in a recession now, or it is coming, will the state of the economy affect the Auto Repair business? Are we recession-proof as so many say we are? Or should we prepare ourselves for tough times ahead?  
    • If you're thinking about transitioning from employee to shop owner, this episode is for you. Instead of guessing your way through the transition, let the Aftermarket Radio Network be your free library of industry peers across the country help you get started the right way. Maylan Newton, ESI- Educational Seminars Institute, is a business coach, trainer and industry speaker. Maylan's previous Episodes HERE Vic Tarasik, CEO of Shop Owner Coach. Vic’s previous episodes HERE. Show Notes: A good technician only makes a good business owner with proper training, guidance, and accountability. You need these 5 professionals- business coach, accountant, financial planner, insurance advisor, attorney Build the business that survives you and provides a legacy to your family the business is not about you is about all the people that depend on the business for their survival, family employees vendors Most importantly, do not treat your business as a hobby you not fixing cars running a business The business owner is the leader, not to fix cars/writing service “People are so afraid of success, that when they reach success they self-destruct.” Not paying yourself opens the door to resenting the business.  What is YOUR cost of doing business? Don’t let the high level of confidence in fixing cars create a false sense of security in solving all things in business. Ask questions of the right individuals- someone with experience who’ve successfully overcome what you have in front of you “Implementation of knowledge is power.” Focus on the fundamentals from the beginning  “Begin with the end in mind” (Covey)- Now that your journey has begun, what is your endgame?  “Life begins and ends at the edge of your comfort zone” Pay your taxes- set up a system where deductions from   Connect with the Podcast   Aftermarket Radio Network Subscribe on YouTube Visit us on the Web Follow on Facebook Become an Insider Buy me a coffee Important Books Check out today's partners:   Shop-Ware: More Time. More Profit. Shop-Ware Shop Management getshopware.com       Delphi Technologies: Keeping current on the latest vehicle systems and how to repair them is a must for today’s technicians. DelphiAftermarket.com Click to go to the Podcast on Remarkable Results Radio
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