Hi all - first time poster here. I’m opening a quick repair / tune up shop in California soon so Im trying to get an idea of what the financials will look like. If I offer the below services when I open, what Product Sales percentages would be reasonable to expect? For example, is assuming ~30% of sales coming from Oil Changes too high? Too low?
Service Sales % Oil & Filter Change Transmission Fluid Flush Cooling System Flush Brake Fluid Flush Engine Air Filter Replacement Cabin Air Filter Replacement Wiper Blade Replacement Spark Plug Replacement Pre-purchase Car Inspection Car is not starting (inspection) Check Engine Light is on (inspection) Thank you for any feedback!
Your weekly broadcast production with the wisdom shared by our guest host and a virtual shop tour. There is a trivia challenge and a special fortune cookie wisdom shared.
Guest Host Judi Haglin from Haglin Automotive talking about getting back to basics. Judi’s previous episodes HERE. Virtual Shop Tour by Kenny Wedow from Fine Tuned Auto in Broomfield, CO. Kenny recently built a brand new facility. Kenny’s previous episodes HERE. Trivia Challenge: What do Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati, and Porsche have in common? Listen for the fortune cookie wisdom of the week
Dorman gives people greater freedom to fix vehicles by constantly developing new repair solutions that put owners and technicians first. By always innovating, Dorman has led the way in growing the aftermarket. Here you will see a few examples of a Dorman OE Fix. An OE FIX is a Dorman repair solution you can’t get from the original equipment manufacturer. It means they found a situation where they believe the OEM wasn’t giving repair professionals what they wanted, so we fixed it. Everything Dorman does is centered around providing customer value, both in the quality of products, and the creativity of solutions. Our engineers and designers go out of their way to save repair technicians time and save vehicle owners money. Want to really go under the hood? Take the Dorman Virtual Tour at www.DormanProducts.com/Tour
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Scott Pelava is a Certified Master Auto Technician, L-1 Advanced Engine Performance Specialist and ASE-Certified Service Consultant. In 2015 Scott created the Auto Shop Owners Group (ASOG) on Facebook which today has nearly 5,000 members. ASOG has developed into a 501c3 Educational Foundation whose mission is to enable & empower shop owners to learn and grow to provide the best business environment for their customers, employees and themselves. Scott is also very active in his community. He is currently a third term Lonsdale City Council Member, has held numerous leadership positions with Scouts BSA, and is a director of the Lonsdale Chamber of Commerce. Hear Scott’s Previous Episode HERE
Keith Katz is owner of Quality Service Center in York, PA for the last twenty years and an industry veteran of thirty-seven years. His 7 bay shop has 6 lifts and supports 3 technicians with one service advisor. He is involved with the NAPA Advisory Board and supports the Bridge of Hope organization that helps local homeless mothers find employment and housing for their families.
He is a member of AASP in Pennsylvania and engages ATI as a support partner. Listen to Keith Katz’s previous episodes HERE.
Paul Danner, aka ScannerDanner on YouTube clears up the misconception that his name is not “Dan,” which he gets all the time. People think his name is Dan and he added “ner” to rhyme with “Scanner”? He says it is not true and that that it would be really stupid!!!!
His career in the automotive field started as a junior in high school in 1990. He took two years of auto mechanics in high school, then another two-year program (post-secondary) at Rosedale Technical College in Pittsburgh (where he now teaches). After Rosedale, Paul entered the field and worked full time for about 8 years before coming back to teach at the school. This September 2018, Paul will be starting his 18th year as an automotive instructor. Listen to Paul’s previous episodes HERE.
Ryan Kooiman joined Standard Motor Products full time as a Technician Training Developer in 2010. Previously he was the lead tech/driveability specialist at a 20 bay independent shop in Michigan. He is the founder of West Michigan Auto Repair Society, chairman of the MI chapter of SAE, has attended numerous ASE test writing workshops. He has appeared on TV shows such as the CBS Early Show and co-hosted Car and Driver Radio along with Road and Track Radio. Ryan brings his years of hands-on experience in the shop to the audience in a manner they can relate to and put to use immediately.
In early 2013, Ryan was promoted to manager of the Professional Training Seminars training group, overseeing the scheduling and the work of the SMP training staff. In December 2013, Ryan was promoted to Director of Training. In this role, Ryan oversees the operations of the SMP Corporate Training Center in Irving, TX; oversees the operations and development of the Pro Training group, as well as works closely with the Marketing and Product teams at SMP to ensure that their products and promotions are what they need to be for the automotive technician. Check out Ryan’s other episodes HERE.
Auto Repair in the Decade of the Nineties [THA 217]
Key Talking Points
OBD2An evolution of the first on-board diagnostics systems of the 1980s Allowed technicians to find out exactly what was wrong with their car through specific codes accessed by a 16 pin connector Technology/electronic shifting Everyone is afraid of change “Books don’t crash”- adjusting to electronic Handwritten invoices to electronic- learning customer history and shop management systems Learning foundational principles and true theory Can still be applied today- everyone adapts differently Has the customer changed? Yes and no Internet- blessing and curse Chat rooms/forums/YouTube- customer’s think they’re educated “I can get that part online,” and saturated market for different quality parts “Spend thousand to save hundred” Looking back New appreciation for today’s technology and progressing forward- working smarter, not harder Many transitions- Example rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive 2nd generation of vehicles- machinery turned to computer-controlled devices A special thanks to Scott Pelava, Keith Katz, Paul Danner and Ryan Kooiman 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
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Lucas always says, "the problems never vanish... we just find better problems."
But what do better problems look like, exactly?
For that discussion, we’re joined by Sam Johnson, the owner of Beachside Tire and Auto Repair in Bluffton, SC.
We cover a whole host of topics with Sam, but what’s most important is listening to his mindset and the way he approaches the challenges he’s facing at his own shop.
Sam deals with better problems and our conversation with him will show you exactly what that entails.
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