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Yes, we do. It's a great way to get people educated on the need for preventive maintenance. We usually set up time (on a Sat) to inspect cars at no charge. We usually tie it to a Fund Raiser. Last year we raised money for the local MDA. It'sgreat PR.

 

We participated last year and had two days during the month we provided free vehicle safety inspections. We didn't get as much of a draw as we would have liked because we didn't promote it enough.

This year we have the info on our add, so hopefully we will get more people taking advantage of the offer.

Its a great way to get people into your store so you can sell yourself. Even if they don't buy anything that day, hopefully they will think of you next time they need your car serviced.

 

Kyle Schoenthaler

Tred Shed Tire Pros

Pittsburg, California

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      It always amazes me when I hear about a technician who quits one repair shop to go work at another shop for less money. I know you have heard of this too, and you’ve probably asked yourself, “Can this be true? And Why?” The answer rests within the culture of the company. More specifically, the boss, manager, or a toxic work environment literally pushed the technician out the door.
      While money and benefits tend to attract people to a company, it won’t keep them there. When a technician begins to look over the fence for greener grass, that is usually a sign that something is wrong within the workplace. It also means that his or her heart is probably already gone. If the issue is not resolved, no amount of money will keep that technician for the long term. The heart is always the first to leave. The last thing that leaves is the technician’s toolbox.
      Shop owners: Focus more on employee retention than acquisition. This is not to say that you should not be constantly recruiting. You should. What it does means is that once you hire someone, your job isn’t over, that’s when it begins. Get to know your technicians. Build strong relationships. Have frequent one-on-ones. Engage in meaningful conversation. Find what truly motivates your technicians. You may be surprised that while money is a motivator, it’s usually not the prime motivator.
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