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Selling Batteries with Tom Sciortino and John Armstead [CC 092]


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eozm7M1qMKg&t=1s

Tom Sciortino, Total Automotive, Tonawanda, NY. Graduated 1983 ECC with an associate degree in Automotive technology. Worked from 1981-1986 (broad Elm, Tire man, and Goodyear) and opened Total Automotive June 1st, 1986 (just celebrated 35 years in business. Purchased his current location in 2016 after renting for 30 years. Tom has 3 techs, 1 service writer and is an ASE Master Tech

John Armstead opened up Armstead Automotive Repair in 1986, out of a two-bay garage, in downtown Holly. In 1992, Armstead Automotive moved to the existing location on Fish Lake Rd. At this location, Armstead Automotive was able to expand and tailor to our customer’s needs. In 2004 we added a heavy-duty 4 bay addition, that can hold vehicles as large as school buses, RVs, and bucket trucks. On the west side of the building, John built a custom railroad track for all hy-rail needs. Armstead Automotive is willing to adapt to what our customers need…challenge accepted.

Now, Armstead Automotive is a fully-fledged auto repair shop complete with nine bays and a family of Armsteads, working tirelessly to deliver an experience that goes unrivaled in Holly, Saginaw, and the surrounding communities.

For an auto repair shop in Holly or Saginaw that looks out for you and your vehicle, no matter what, through the complex transmission repairs, to a simple oil change, look no further than Armstead Automotive Repair. 

Key Talking Points

  • Waiting customer- demand purchase, if needs battery customers would rather have it done right away. Offer print out and keep a history of batteries. Be consistent.
  • Battery testing- DVI process/inspection
  • Both John and Tom sell around 150 batteries per year- 3 per week
  • Rotate stock batteries every 90 days 
  • Hotter climates batteries often need changing after 48 months
  • Some cars won’t start/stop of battery is weak
  • Batteries dying- lights staying on (map lights). 
  • COVID 19- cars sitting for a long period of time and won’t start
  • If you’re not selling batteries then you’re not checking/testing
  • Profitability- 25-35%, labor and sale like tires.
  • AAA won’t change on road for certain cars with batteries in the trunk or under seat etc
  • Thanks to Tom Sciortino and John Armstead for their contribution to the aftermarket
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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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