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Justin Fricke, CarTime Auto Center, Dundas, MN
Stocks around 100 cars on lot for used car business in the same building The car buying experience has changed- the market isn’t full of new vehicles anymore, prices continue to increase month to month Justin started as a technician and is now part-owner Program through junior and senior high schools called Career Tech Education- job fair day of different businesses with displays. As a business, go to schools and ask about their programs available. Consider field trip to the shop Where do kids fit? Stereotypes around the trades need to be broken in school. Don’t push the kids that are the “bad students” into the trades. It is no longer a secondary career path. Also has detail shop- $200 for full detailing inside and out Connect with the show:
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By Joe Marconi
Let's face it, we all know you can't find techs, and it's time that we do something about it. We all need to implement an apprentice program at our shops and hire entry level techs. And we need to start tomorrow.
I know many of you are saying that you don't need a tech right now. Well, trust me. You will. And I don't want to hear you can't afford to do this either.
No one is going to help us, and the best techs have jobs.
If everyone in the industry commits to hiring an apprentice, we will solve the this shortage in a few years.
There are many apprenticeship programs available, like the NAPA program, and more.
Oh....worried that you train someone and they leave. Let me ask you, How Did You Start Out?
Todd Campau is Automotive Aftermarket Practice Lead at IHS Markit. Mr. Campau is Automotive Aftermarket Practice Lead at IHS Markit. He has nearly twenty years of experience in the Aftermarket Industry. In his role at IHS Markit he is responsible for the development of insights and new product concepts for the Aftermarket. Prior to IHS Markit he spent three years as a Catalog Manager at Gates Corporation and over seven years in Data Management at MAHLE Clevite Inc.. Mr. Campau served for 6 years on the Auto Care Technology Standards Committee, serving as ACES Subcommittee Chairman and on the Standards Oversight Committee for many of those years. He has been involved for several years in shaping both the Aftermarket Catalog Enhanced Standard (ACES) and the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES). Recently he has taken a position on the Market Intelligence Committee and is involved in the development of Auto Care's Unilink product. he received his AAP (Automotive Aftermarket Professional) Designation in 2012, his ACP (Aftermarket Catalog Professional) Designation in 2013, and his MAAP (Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional) in 2014. He was recognized with the Auto Care Impact Award Impact Award in 2013. He holds Master of Science degree in Sports Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, both from Eastern Michigan University. Bill Thompson is the President of IMR Inc. Founded in 1975, IMR conducts syndicated and proprietary market research studies that focus on the automotive industry including the automotive aftermarket, heavy-duty, and fleet segments. Since Bill joined IMR in 2003, the company has expanded its research portfolio and service offerings to provide a wide range of strategic and tactical solutions that provide insight into your most pressing questions. With a focus on industry trends, consumer and repair shop purchasing behavior, channel trends, and many other important metrics, IMR’s research provides insight into your market that can bring you closer to your customers, distribution channels, and market opportunities. Listen to Bill’s previous episodes HERE.
Key Talking Points Age of vehicle fleets- average 12 years Electric vehicle registration- a big jump from 2017 to 2018 with stair-step increases. 2020 is 255K The volume of EV in operations will hit 1 million in 2021 Service opportunities- 50-60% dealership share 82% of EV owners are the original owners vs 54% of gas vehicles 70% of EV first time buyers have income over $100k Charging challenges- stations in the garage or outside if don’t have a garage EV challenges- are the right vehicles being built? 75% of new vehicles are light truck body styles. Truck registrations growing rapidly 67% of independent repair shops indicate a portion of their business is from servicing electric vehicles. 85% of independent shops are 7 bays or less- small shops aren’t seeing many EV’s Shops located in the West (11.2%) have nearly double the percentage of business from HEVs than shops located in the Midwest (6.2%). Of the shops that service EVs and HEVs, 69.9% do not market or advertise that their shop is capable of servicing EVs and HEVs. Amongst all independent repair shops, 27.5% have invested in tools/equipment to service EVs/HEVs and 30.5% have invested in training for their technicians on EV and HEV service/repair. 40.0% of shops believe the increasing number of EVs and HEVs on the road will impact their business over the next two years; 38.7% do not; while 21.4% don’t know. Of the 38.7% that do not believe the increasing number of EVs and HEVs on the road will impact their business in the next two years, 55.1% believe it'll take 10 years or longer to see an impact; 13.4% believe it will never impact their business. A special thanks to Todd Campau and Bill Thompson for their contribution to the aftermarket. Books Page HERE Listen to all Remarkable Results Radio, For The Record and Town Hall Academy episodes. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Youtube Email Mobile Listening APP’s HERE Join the Ecosystem – Subscribe to the INSIDER NEWSLETTER HERE. Buy Carm a Cup of Coffee This episode is brought to you by Shop-Ware Shop Management. It’s time to run your business at its fullest potential with the industry’s leading technology. Shop-Ware Shop Management will increase your efficiency with lightning-fast workflows, help your staff capture more sales every day, and create very happy customers who promote your business. Shops running Shop-Ware have More Time and generate More Profit—join them! Schedule a free live demonstration and find out how 30 minutes can transform your shop at getshopware.com This episode is brought to you by Shop Marketing Pros. Your guides are Kim and Brian Walker with a rich history as shop owners and industry veterans. When someone searches for a shop, who are they finding? Your competitors? It should be you! The good people over at Shop Marketing Pros know how to drive website traffic and make Google work for you! www.shopmarketingpros.comClick to go to the Podcast on Remarkable Results Radio
Mark Roepke, Quality Auto Mart & Service, Batesville, IN. When it comes to “Alternative Profit” centers Mark and Nancy Roepke have created a solid pathway for alternative incomes as the Owners of Quality Auto Mart, Quality Carts and Quality Storage. Mark and his parents bought 4 acres in 1987, just outside of Batesville, IN, to build an auto repair facility and Quality Auto Mart & Service was born. His parents, Charles and Betty Roepke, built a 100 unit Storage facility that was one of the first in the area. After the passing of his parents, Mark and Nancy continue to operate Quality Storage. While doing Auto Service, customers from the Campground across the street started asking for Golf Cart repair and service. The word traveled quickly and Quality Carts was born and has proven to be one of the fastest growing parts of their business. Quality Carts offers Sales, Service, Parts and Accessories and contributes about 70% of the overall income! Key Talking Points Across the street from the shop is a campground, 500 acres with over 700 golf carts- started servicing the golf carts. Started to repair more and more golf carts. Lightbulb moment- “I don’t care what it costs, I just want my golf cart fixed now.” Started charging accordingly with auto repair rate- average 30 per week, no competition, DVI process, treat it exactly like a vehicle. No waiters, drop off only. Golf carts need good maintenance once a year and can last up to 25 years During slower winter months and holidays- free pick up and delivery for golf carts Dealerships would rather sell new carts than repair existing Everyone learns together how to repair golf carts- recurring problems and failures is a learning curve Built website and marketing campaign for golf cart repairs- backed up 2-3 weeks during busy summer months (golfcartdude.com) 2 parts vendors for carts (besides dealerships) Also buys and sells carts- new runs $8-10K, became difficult to purchase new or used post-pandemic Boneyard- carts get sold down to parts down to the frame, only a few in the country and people will drive hours to buy parts from them. All profit. Rental carts- $350 for 3 days Golf courses- receive carts from the vendor, when the lease is done Mark buys them. Thanks to Mark Roepke for his contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast. Link to the ‘BOOKS‘ page, highlighting all books discussed in the podcast library HERE. Leaders are readers. Listen for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spreaker, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Podchaser, and many more. Mobile Listening APP's HERE Find every podcast episode HERE. Every episode is segmented by Series HERE. Key Word Search HERE. Be socially involved and in touch with the show: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Youtube Email Join the Ecosystem - Subscribe to the INSIDER NEWSLETTER HERE. Buy me a coffee NAPA AutoCare’s PROimage program makes it easy for you to make the most of the NAPA brand. A PROimage upgrade lets you maintain your shop’s identity as a reliable, locally-owned business while letting your customers and potential customers know you’re partnering with NAPA, the most recognized and trusted name in the automotive aftermarket. AutoCare Centers that have completed a PROimage exterior upgrade enjoy an average 23 percent sales increase during the first year. You can also choose to go PROimage on the interior and transform your customer waiting area from merely utilitarian to warm and welcoming. You can even get a free look by visting www.NAPAAutoCare.com and clicking on the NAPA PROimage link under the NAPA PROimage tab. Of course, the AutoCare site is also the place to go to find out about all the advantages being part of the NAPA family has to offer.Click to go to the Podcast on Remarkable Results Radio
Craig Noel, Owner of 4 location Sun Automotive Springfield, OR. Craig graduated from Lane Community College in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Repair and quickly went to work. He worked for Ford as a Senior Master Technician and then working my way up through the ranks as Team Lead, Service Advisor, Assistant Service Manager. He has also built ground up Street Rods/Show Cars for over 30 years as a hobby. He was “headhunted” by the original owner of Sun Automotive in 2011 and became GM at that time. As of January 1st 2017, he is the proud owner of Sun Automotive. Listen to Craig’s previous episodes HERE. Key Talking Points Training- slow things down instead of hurrying and overpromising and underdelivering. Service advisers need to be trained to understand and layout how the repair process looks for the customer along the way to both educate them in the moment and to set the expectation of what to expect in the future. “Don’t promise what you don’t know.” Repair order audits- it needs to be clear and easy to understand that the spouse at home will know what’s going on and the competitor be impressed. “Paint a good picture.” Technicians need to sell the job to the advisor that can be resold to the customer. Education- vehicles now are 4 times more complex than the Apollo rocket. Being a rocket scientist 40 years ago was a recognized and respected career path. We are now automotive engineers and it should be plan A instead of plan B. Capture PTA/School boards and get in front of students and parents. Culture- teaming together employees that have passion for people and the industry. Paid training during business hours. Respecting their family time. Community- being involved and present. Always have a finger on the pulse of the community and get involved when you can. Advice- don’t get lost in the white noise when promoting who you are, pierce the white noise with a sincerity arrow. Retention- both for employees and customers. Create an environment neither want to leave. Thanks to Craig Noel for his contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast. Link to the ‘BOOKS‘ page, highlighting all books discussed in the podcast library HERE. Leaders are readers. Listen for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spreaker, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Podchaser, and many more. Mobile Listening APP's HERE Find every podcast episode HERE. Every episode is segmented by Series HERE. Key Word Search HERE. Be socially involved and in touch with the show: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Youtube Email Join the Ecosystem - Subscribe to the INSIDER NEWSLETTER HERE. Buy me a coffee As a member of the NAPA family, AutoCare Center owners can take advantage of the NAPA National Health Program from the NAPA Insurance Center. This “NAPA only” program gives you and your employees access to national “large group” rates on medical insurance with premiums discounted up to 30 percent. These rates are based on the collective purchasing potential of 22,500 NAPA locations including both NAPA AUTO PARTS stores and NAPA AutoCare Centers. The NAPA Insurance Center can help you with a variety of other insurance benefits too. For more information about The NAPA National Health Benefits program as well as all of the insurance benefits available to your AutoCare Center and your employees, visit the NAPA Benefits Center, at www.napabenefitscenter.com or call the NAPA Benefits Center at 844-627-2123.Click to go to the Podcast on Remarkable Results Radio