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By Joe Marconi in Joe's BlogTypically, when productivity suffers, the shop owner or manager directs their attention to the technicians. Are they doing all they can do to maintain high billable hours? Are they as efficient as they can be? Is there time being wasted throughout the technician’s day?
All these reasons factor into production problems, but before we point fingers at the technicians, let’s consider a few other factors.
Are estimates being written properly? Are labor testing and inspections being billed out correctly? Are you charging enough for testing and inspecting, especially for highly specialized electrical, on-board computer issues, and other complex drivability work? Is there a clear workflow process everyone follows that details every step from the write-up to vehicle delivery? Do you track comebacks, and is that affecting production? Is the shop layout not conducive to high production? For example, is it unorganized, where shop tools, technical information, and equipment are not easily accessible to every technician? Are you charging the correct labor rate and allowing for variables such as rust, vehicle age, and the fact that most labor guides are wrong? Also, is there effective communication between the tech and the service advisor to ensure that extra labor time is accounted for and billed to the customer? These are a few of the top reasons for low productivity problems. There are others, but the main point is to look at the entire operation. Productivity is a team effort. Blaming the techs or other staff members does not get to the root cause in most cases.
Maintaining adequate production levels is the responsibility of management to create the processes that will lead to high production while holding everyone accountable.
If you want to get a good fight started in the automotive industry, all you have to do is start a discussion about coupons or discounts. In this episode, we dig into the topic. Should you use coupons in your marketing strategy?
Thank you to our friends at RepairPal for providing you with this episode. As shop owners, we were part of RepairPal’s Certified network, and you can learn more at RepairPal.com/shops.
Should you use coupons in your marketing strategy? Will they bring you more clients? What type of client are you trying to attract? Are you good at converting “coupon customers” into lifelong customers? If you do use coupons, what are some promotions you can do? Can coupons be successful with high-end clients? If you don’t want to do discounts but do want to run promotions, what are some ideas?
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By Joe Marconi
Many shop owners have increased their labor rates in the past year or so. That is great news. Now, what's your next move?
Anyone who knows me knows that, in my opinion, in general, we have been too cheap for too long. But, determining your labor rate is not the only consideration to attaining a profitable business.
What about productivity, efficiency, keeping expenses in line, gross profit, and net profit?
What are you doing to ensure you are meeting the financial needs of your business and also paying your employees the money they desire?