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  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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    • Location is a huge part of marketing.  A business guru once told me, "Expensive rent is the cheapest advertising you can buy."  To that end, I wrote an article titled, "How Changing Location, Changed My Life". It's a 1,400-word 7-minute read and chronicles the benefits of doing mindful due diligence in selecting a location.  I want to thank Joe Marconi in writing this article. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NXBSu9a22bCWnQVh6dRM1dMu76gESAr0MImFrjpOtWk/edit?usp=sharing
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    • Got your attention?  Good. The topic of the tech shortage has been discussed, kicked around, and debated now for decades. It is nothing new. So, what are YOU doing about it?  If we wait for some "entity" to solve our tech shortage, we will be waiting forever.  Here is what I think, and tell me how you feel about this: All shops need to start an apprenticeship program Shop owners need to attend career days at the local high schools Shop owners need to reach out to tech schools and post-secondary auto tech schools and let them know of their apprenticeship program Shop owners need to improve the work environment to increase their employee retention rate Shop owners need to sit down once a quarter, do the math, know what they need to be profitable, and put a plan together to raise their employees' wages, including their own!  Thoughts? Comments? Opinions? 
    • With high inflation appearing to be an issue for the foreseeable future, I feel it is critical for shop owners to continue to promote the value and benefits of doing business with you.  Are your customers holding off on needed services or repairs? How are shops dealing with inflation?  And don't forget, inflation affects YOU too.   
    • I will be at the Elite Invitational next week and also making a presentation on "Identifying Your Ideal Customer."  If you are attending the event, please let me know. I would enjoy getting together.  For more information, click the link below.   
    • Let us all take time this Memorial Day weekend to remember and honor those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, protecting this great nation!   
    • Reggie Stewart, Reggie's Motor Works, and Noble Auto Service in Noblesville, IN, Euro Specialist. Listen to Reggie's previous episodes HERE Key Talking Points Did the owner pay off the property 30+ years ago? Why isn’t he paying himself rent? Do the employees of this shop make appropriate wages? Do they provide any benefits? What happens when you have a more complicated problem?  Then, they are perpetuating the idea that the auto repair industry is untrustworthy, when in fact it just costs more to build a modern trustworthy business. “There's a shop for every client, and a client for every shop”   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 2022. Mark your calendar now … November 1-3, 2022, AAPEX - Now more than ever. And don’t miss the next free AAPEX webinar. Register now at AAPEXSHOW.COM/WEBINAR. More Time. More Profit. Transform your shop at getshopware.com/carm Click to go to the Podcast on Remarkable Results Radio


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