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    • As a business coach, I am often asked, "What's the best ratio of Service Advisors to Technicians?"  The answer, in my opinion, is not straight forward as you think.  It depends on the type of work you do, your weekly car counts, and how your team is structured. My shop was general repair, with car counts of about 120 per week. We did a good mix of service work. We had six techs and three service advisors. I found that this was the perfect ratio for me. One of the Advisors was also the manager but was involved in writing service. You need to look at your particular operation. Do you have support staff that helps at the counter and on the phone?  Are the bulk of the jobs you do heavy repair, such as heavy trucks? Are your car counts low with a high ARO, such as EURO specialists? And, do you have a parts person helping to procure parts?  All these factor into the equation. With that said, What is your perfect ratio for your shop?   
    • Marty Long from Hills and Dales Auto in Ohio hosts an annual car show each year.  He gets over 200 cars to sign up for it. A great community event and great marketing to promote your shop. Of course, you need to have room in your parking lot.  But maybe smaller events can achieve the same thing?  Have any other shops held community events? 
    • With run-away inflation and the never-ending increase in gas pricing, auto repair shops in the Northeast are cautious.  While 2022 so far has been very good for most, the fear is that the forces that eat away at the consumer's discretionary spending will also affect their ability to pay for recommended services and repairs.  How are you dealing with this? What strategies could we share? 
    • A recent survey from The Muse found that 72% of people that left their jobs are not happy, and nearly 50% would consider getting their old job back.  So the question is, would you rehire someone who left you recently, and is now not happy?   Source:   
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