We are in desperate need of techs. I tried Indeed and was very dissatisfied with the "talent" they sent us. I am considering Find A Wrench they post on Indeed as well as Zip Recruiter and some 90 other companies as well as social media. Has anyone tried them or ACT Auto Staffing?
By Joe Marconi
First, let me state that you need to treat every customer as if they are royalty. However, your existing customers have a relationship with you. They trust you and return to you for a number of reasons.
The key to growing a business is to get NEW customers to return. Survey after survey shows that customer retention greatly improves with each vehicle visit. So, you need to give your new customers a compelling reason to return. Plus, you need a marketing plan that reaches out to your customers to keep your business top of mind.
What marketing strategies to you have that makes a great impression on new customers and makes them wanting to return?
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ASOG Podcast LIVE from TOOLS 2021 - Dealing with Emerging Technologies w/ Kip Nuesch & Tom Schearer
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Do you feel like you operate in your own space and own world? Are you missing perspective from other local shops, or out-of-area shops? What is the pulse of your curiosity and perspective? Do you have someone that holds you accountable to grow? Are you able to take a vacation? The customer/client IS the ultimate boss, no matter what we think- they sign all our checks Learn from your failures “Independent Shop Owners” They are independent, it works for you and against you. Business coaches have businesses coaches- you are not exempt Learning something new- “Am I smarter? Or is the pool of knowledge is so big?” Mutual accountability with your team back and forth with the owner Are you too focused on the trade and “fixing the car?” Different seasons require different types of accountability- pushing forward, attention to detail, reeling back in, etc. Growing means you always have different approaches to your business. Get out and go to events and training- you WILL resonate with someone there and it’ll change you. 6,000 independent shops went out of business last year, others are expanding and building muli shop businesses Do you have blinders on or are you seeking growth? Not every technician needs to be an owner and shouldn’t be an owner- starting a business so you “don’t have a boss” isn't the way to go about it. Entrepreneurial freedom doesn’t start until years after you grow your business the right way. Investment means you give to get Connect with the show:
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Ryan Clo, Dubwerx, and AVID AutoWerx, Cincinnati, OH. Both businesses have systems and processes in place so that his presence is not required on a daily basis. Ryan’s first business, Dubwerx, has a 99% customer satisfaction rate while maintaining profitability and growth.
Ryan currently consults for the Institute of Automotive Business Excellence providing guidance to automotive businesses including on-site evaluations, off-site coaching, business plan development, and one-on-one coaching with owners and staff. He is known as the “Systems and Processes guy.” Ryan teaches several business management classes for the Automotive industry. Listen to Ryan’s previous episodes HERE.
Reggie Stewart, Reggies Motor Works, and Nobel Auto Service in Noblesville, IN, Euro Specialist. Reggie’s was founded in 2006 as an eBay business selling used/vintage BMW parts. The initial funding for this venture was a $1,000 loan from his best friend. Over the past 15 years, this business has evolved from a dark cold building with no plumbing into a state-of-the art European repair facility, offering dealer level-service with a premium client experience.
Noble Auto Service was founded in 2020 to give owners of non-European cars a client experience very similar to Reggie’s. The plans for this business were well underway when the building next-door to Reggie’s became available, so the two businesses share an adjoining parking lot.
Greg Bunch is the owner of Aspen Auto Clinic, a six ocation automotive and service business in Colorado. Greg started his passion for cars at 15 when he began rebuilding a 1966 Volkswagen Bug. Greg has moved from a Volkswagen mechanic to ASE Master Technician, to Management, to starting his shop 18 years ago in his garage, to an award-winning multi-location business.
Greg is currently a board member for the STEM-based charter school call “Automotive Institute of Science & Technology” and on the Advisory board of Ratchet and Wrench Magazine. Greg is also a board member of the Autocare organization and a certified instructor for the Worldpac Training Institute and Carquest Technical Institute. Greg’s unwavering passion for the industry has also led him to form a company called Transformers Institute, a coaching and training company dedicated to transforming the automotive industry.
Listen to Greg’s previous episodes HERE. Transformers Institute HERE.
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By Joe Marconi
There is a large repair shop in the mid Atlantic states (they want to remain anonymous) that just formed an alliance with a local new car dealer to service their used cars. I will change some of the details; a request from the shop owner. But, the story brings up a few interesting facts. And, the big news is: This shop is profiting from this relationship!
The shop owner was approached by the GM of the dealer to service some of the used cars they have been taken in on trade and want to sell. The dealer techs are not trained and not familiar with the different car lines, being a Chrysler-only dealership. Due to the shortage of cars these days, the dealer is taking in on trade, all makes and models and wants to sell the used cars. And we all know profitable used cars are.
The repair shop performs a multipoint, which they get paid for, and then they do many of the services and repairs, which includes tires, brakes, wheel alignments, oil changes, air and cabin filters, wipers and other simple services. Most of the cars are newer cars, and the work can be done by a GS tech.
I don't know the pricing, sorry. But, I am interested to see where this goes.
Imagine, a new car dealer asking an independent repair shop to service and repair their used car fleet???