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Keith Knowlton. Keith and Linda started LK's Auto in 1994, Keith has been in the automotive business since 1979 working as a gas station attendant. Keith has been an ASE master technician for 25 years, AAM degree, and completed many Service Advisor courses being able to run 5 technicians with over 100k in sales each month. Keith wants to have complete customer satisfaction while expanding sales. Keith’s previous episodes are HERE.

Andy Arndt has now has three shop buildings rather than two. He owns the original two and also rents a building across the street. Andy has one son in the business, Corey, who acts as general manager. . Andy’s previous episodes are HERE.

Brian Gillis is the Chief You Net Results Strategist, with 25+ years experience in auto shop operations, hiring, recruiting, systems, processes, multi-store experience, and employee training.

More about Brian Gillis…

  • 25+ Years owning and operating auto repair shops in Texas, Georgia and Colorado, multi-unit stores
  • Hired and Trained over 2000 staff members
  • Budgeting and Profits Brian’s Specialty
  • Smooth as silk with customers

Brian’s previous episodes are HERE.

Key Talking Points: 

  • The panel played a game on how much each of them would spend on certain items:Gym Membership
  • Dress Shoes or Boots
  • Birthday Gift for a Good Friend
  • Surround Sound System
  • Laptop Computer
  • Family Pet
  • Necktie
  • Bottle of Wine
  • It’s not a matter of how much disposable income someone has… so we can’t look at a customer and just start making decisions on pricing
  • Technician recommendation vs Invoice… ask the advisor why didn’t you recommend the repairsDon’t think for the customer
  • Don’t be a bleeding heart for customers
  • Having sympathy for older customers... can cost you
  • Have empathy, but don’t give away the shops moneyDon’t think “wow, this is gonna cost a lot of money”
  • Push that thought to the side
  • If not, you will be limiting your potential
  • “Wisdom Credits” for seniors, emotional attachmentIs there sentimental value to the car
  • Be tough on coupons
  • Guidance for the boomer generationHave senior or military discounts pre-established in your books
  • Have discounts across the board so you’re prepared for it $$
  • Don’t put money ahead of safetyPeople play the poverty story all the time
  • Don’t compromise the safety of a vehicle over money
  • If they are truly down on their luck financially, you can...
  • Prioritize the repairs in an effort to help the customer
  • The power of understanding the profit and lossKnowing what the parts costs
  • Having an understanding of the overhead costs
  • Teach your service advisors these costs
  • The goals for average work order can result in a loss of salesDon’t just hit the goal, work beyond that
  • Don’t get complacent in the afternoon if you’ve had a good morning
  • Final WordsBrianRun out there and run this game
  • AndyThe help from Brian with my advisors is amazing
  • KeithIt’s always about training, about getting better
  • Always identify the next training needs 
  • Too many times we think about our own money tolerance instead of the customer needs
  • We think what others believe is a lot of money
  • We have different lines in the sand, you’ll limit yourself to and your potential
  • Don’t make the customer decision for them

 

 

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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.
      One last thing; the cost of technician turnover can be financially devastating. It also affects shop morale. Do all you can to create a workplace where technicians feel they are respected, recognized, and know that their work contributes to the overall success of the company. This will lead to improved morale and team spirit. Remember, when you see a technician’s toolbox rolling out of the bay on its way to another shop, the heart was most likely gone long before that.
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