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By Joe Marconi in Joe's BlogMost shop owners would agree that the independent auto repair industry has been too cheap for too long regarding its pricing and labor rates. However, can we keep raising our labor rates and prices until we achieve the profit we desire and need? Is it that simple?
The first step in achieving your required gross and net profit is understanding your numbers and establishing the correct labor and part margins. The next step is to find your business's inefficiencies that impact high production levels.
Here are a few things to consider. First, do you have the workflow processes in place that is conducive to high production? What about your shop layout? Do you have all the right tools and equipment? Do you have a continuous training program in place? Are technicians waiting to use a particular scanner or waiting to access information from the shop's workstation computer?
And lastly, are all the estimates written correctly? Is the labor correct for each job? Are you allowing extra time for rust, older vehicles, labor jobs with no parts included, and the fact that many published labor times are wrong? Let's not forget that perhaps the most significant labor loss is not charging enough labor time for testing, electrical work, and other complicated repairs.
Once you have determined the correct labor rate and pricing, review your entire operation. Then, tighten up on all those labor leaks and inefficiencies. Improving production and paying close attention to the labor on each job will add much-needed dollars to your bottom line.
By Joe Marconi
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In this episode, consultant David Fisher gives you a chance to understand OSHA and keep you compliant. This is a must listen episode. The information could save your business. Regarding workplace safety and HR compliance, 85 - 90% are not compliant across America. To be non-compliant could cost your business. OSHA will interview your employees. Are you inspecting your lifts yearly? Does your team have access to SDS sheets (Safety Data Sheets). Are you giving all your employees access to your safety program? OSHA is ramping up stricter enforcement procedures. Invest in an annual walk of your shop from an OSHA consultant and get the accountability you need to prevent huge fines.
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OSHA - will now interview your employees while inspecting your job site Ignorance is not an excuse anymore OSHA has determined that they want safety in the workplace. Compliance is like a picture painted by numbers. The more numbers you have filled in, the better off you're gonna be. OSHA is looking for, among others is your safety program, safety training, documentation, workers' compensation You've got 72 hours to a week at the most to get it back to them with your reply. After they get your reply, they're gonna review it, and then they're gonna assess the fines and fine you accordingly. No matter what state you do business in, you must meet the basic OSHA standards. Every year, you must have your lifts certified/inspected. You can certify them yourself if you installed them. The company that sold them can certify them. But if you install them, the state feels you have the wherewithal to inspect them and certify them. Be careful. There is no easy button for safety or HR compliance. The one thing you do have to be aware of is that if you name a safety officer in your business, they're gonna be tied into any potential lawsuit that arises out of a safety act or an accident in the workplace. OSHA knows that we, as a group of consultants, have more authority and more power over employers than they do When a company has paid money for a safety consultant, they know that the shop has an accountability partner, If you're gonna get with an HR services company, make sure they're working with actual attorneys. Make sure that these attorneys are gonna be there for your clients. You can have a perfectly legal employee handbook that covers the policies adequately. But you may not be able to take that employee handbook into court because when you go to court, there are certain things that the judge is gonna look at to make sure is in certain places of your employee handbook. If it's not in those places, you're gonna have two strikes against you in the eyes of the judge before you even start One is your at-will status between page one and page three Number two is your sexual harassment policy. Is it between pages three and page five? Does your sexual harassment policy include bullying in the workplace and all the other things that have now been dovetailed into that policy? You need to understand your policy and how a termination, not done correctly, can hurt a suit from a former employee. This three strikes you're out is a joke. There is no effort to rehabilitate the employee in most companies. Some companies are very progressive, and that's a good thing. Create a very positive workplace culture. Compliance is always cheaper than the fines and the hassle Link to handout David spoke about: HERE.
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By Joe Marconi
When I was in business, each year for 41 years, we experienced a slow down in February. The reasons are many, but by the second week of March, things went back to normal.
However, from what I am hearing from some shop owners, they are concerned. They point to riding this wave of business since coming out of COVID, and fear that the wave may become a trickle.
What is your opinion? Good times are still here? Should we be concerned?
By Joe Marconi
If you are going to Vision in March, please stop by the Elite booth and say hello to Kevin Vaught, Tom Amero and the new Owner of Elite, Darrin Barney!
Also, two great training sessions by Elite...
High Impact Service Advisor Sales Course - Tom Amero and Darrin Barney
March 2nd, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
People buy from people, not companies. As a Service Advisor, what you say and HOW you say it has a huge impact on whether or not people move forward with doing business at your shop! In this class, we will help you generate higher profits through increased sales, more repeat business, and more referral business. We will talk about how to ethically build relationships with your customers and how you can help them view you as a trusted credible expert. This course will be led by Tom Amero, an Elite Certified Sales Trainer. With over a decade of sales, sales training, and leadership experience, he will help Service Advisors build their confidence and gain the tools they need to create more success. Come to this training and let's get your Advising skills to the next level!
The Care and Feeding of your Superstar Techs and Advisors - Darrin Barney
March 3rd, 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Everyone knows how important your team is for the success of your business. But in reality, how many people are able to find and most importantly, keep those superstars once they get them on their team? Darrin Barney will show you a road map that will allow you to find, keep and grow your most important asset.. Your employees. Darrin and his team have grown his shop to one of the largest independently owned auto repair facilities in North America, and they have customers, literally around the world. His unparalleled success quickly caught the attention of the industry, and it’s brought about his being featured in countless podcasts and nationally published articles, he’s been on the cover of Auto Inc. magazine, and he’s spoken at number of the industry’s largest events. He is also currently the President of Operations at Elite. Here are a few of the topics that Darrin will be discussing.
By Joe Marconi
ICE Vehicles Will Long Dominate Aftermarket
"The media teems with reports of surging Electric Vehicle (EV) sales and how EVs will soon replace Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Vehicles. However, an examination of EV sales reveals a different picture and underscores the unlikelihood that EVs will displace ICE vehicles in the aftermarket any time soon."
"The U.S. vehicle population has a much larger segment of older cars and light trucks than any other country with a VIO (vehicles in operation) of comparable size. Accordingly, it will take many years (even decades) for EVs to have a significant impact on ICE aftermarket sales in the U.S."
EV Sales in the U.S.
The U.S. pace of new Electric Vehicle sales is lagging behind many other major countries. Sales of all types of EVs in the U.S. topped 780 thousand in 2022, less than 6% of the 13.8 million total new vehicle market, which suffered its weakest performance in over ten years.
After peaking at 361 thousand in 2018, EV sales in the U.S. shifted into reverse, falling to 318 million by 2020. In 2021, EV sales rallied to 546 thousand and reached a record-high level last year.
Not all EVs are the same. The different EV powerplant configurations vary in their potential for disrupting the aftermarket. There are three types of Electric Vehicles: Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV).
HEVs and PHEVs are dual-powered, using an Internal Combustion Engine and Electric Motor, which work in cooperation. According, HEV and PHEV Electric Vehicles have a large portion of their miles powered by fossil fuel.
Focus on BEVs
In measuring the disruptive impact of Electric Vehicles on the aftermarket, it is best to focus on Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), separating them from the other types of Electric Vehicles (HEVs and PHEVs), which significantly rely on gas engines.
Annual BEV Volume
The EV light vehicle market in the U.S. differs from total EV sales when BEVs are separated. From 2018 through 2022, all Electric Vehicles sales topped 2.3 million.
BEVs represented 1.7 million EV sales from 2018 through 2022, just over 76% of the total. Accordingly, BEVs generated only 2.2% of new car and light truck volume in the U.S. during these five years.
BEV Small VIO Impact
Battery Electric Vehicles represent an even smaller portion of cars and light trucks on U.S. roads. Between 2018 and 2021, BEVs climbed from about 0.3% to just over 0.6% of the nation’s VIO.
Record-high BEV sales in 2022 did not push their VIO share past 0.8%, only about one-third of their 2022 new vehicle market share.
Lang Marketing has developed the concept of Aftermarket Vehicles: cars and light trucks at least four years old. These vehicles generate over 95% of total aftermarket product volume, not including Tires and Accessories.
In 2022, BEVs represented less than 0.3% of Aftermarket Vehicles in the U.S. This underscores the significant time lag between the new sales share of EVs and their aftermarket impact.
BEV Aftermarket Impact
So far, Battery Electric Vehicles have replaced only a minuscule number of ICE vehicles at least four years old. Lang Marketing estimates that BEVs eliminated only about 0.3% of ICE aftermarket volume last year.
Aftermarket Sales of BEVs
BEVs do not share many operating components with ICE cars and light trucks. Nevertheless, BEVs still require aftermarket products, primarily Tires, Accessories, Batteries, and Electrical Components.
BEV Impact on Aftermarket by 2030
Lang Marketing estimates that less than 5% of ICE vehicle product volume (not including Tires and certain Accessories) will be eliminated by BEVs during 2030 compared to what it would have been without BEVs on the road.
ICE vehicles will record substantial aftermarket growth between 2022 and 2030. In fact, the annual rate of ICE aftermarket product growth between 2022 and 2030 will greatly outpace the “loss” of ICE volume due to BEVs during these eight years.
Six Major Takeaways
1. New Electric Vehicle sales in the U.S. lag behind EV volume in foreign countries.
2. To accurately measure the aftermarket impact of Electric Vehicles in the U.S., it is necessary to focus on Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), the only EVs without an Internal Combustion Engine.
3. The impact of EVs on the new car and light truck market in the U.S. is different when BEV vehicles are separated from total Electric Vehicle sales. Over the last five years, BEVs accounted for only 2.2% of the entire new car and light truck volume in the U.S.
4. BEVs climbed from 0.3% of total cars and light trucks on U.S. roads in 2018 to about 0.8% by 2022. So far, Battery Electric Vehicles have replaced only a minuscule share of ICE vehicles at least four years old (Aftermarket Vehicles).
5. Aftermarket Vehicles (cars and light trucks at least four years old) generate over 95% of total aftermarket product volume, other than Tires and Accessories. In 2022, BEVs represented less than 0.3% of Aftermarket Vehicles in the U.S.
6. Lang Marketing estimates that ICE product volume (not including Tires and certain Accessories) will be reduced by less than 5% during 2030 compared to what it would have been without BEVs on the road. The annual rate of ICE vehicle product growth between 2022 and 2030 will greatly outpace the “loss” of ICE volume caused by BEVs during these eight years.
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