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Why We Are Better Than The Car Dealerships [THA 257]


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Key Talking Points

  • Dealership “trains” customers that they need to have their car serviced at the dealership.
  • Let the service speak for itself
  • The warranty on repairs is only 12 months/12,000 miles, some imports have just upped the warranty to 24 months/24,000 miles- independents can offer 3 years 36,000
  • Offering better product as a whole-perception of professionalism (atmosphere/waiting area/website/exterior etc)
  • “Let us be your Google.”
  • Developing lifetime customers- personal touch and building trust
  • Offering convenience- loaner vehicles, pickup and delivery services to our customers at no cost, Uber and Lyft rides
  • We use the best quality OEM parts. 
  • We offer a touchless service that uses a secure online payment portal as well as an outdoor lockbox system.

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The Panel

Jake Sorensen, McNeil's Auto Care, Sandy, UT 2019 NAPA ASE Technician of the Year and 2019 Ratchet + Wrench All-Star technician of the year. He is an ASE Master technician with L1,2 and 3 advanced level certifications. He is the shop manager and diagnostic technician at McNeil’s Auto Care in Sandy, UT where he helped develop an apprenticeship program that is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. This program has graduated several high-performing automotive technicians and was used by NAPA Auto Care as a template for their automotive apprenticeship program. Jake also developed the curriculum for an automotive course that he teaches at an adult education high school. Listen to Jake’s previous episodes HERE

Jorge Gilligan, Revolution Motor Works, Finksburg, MD Listen to Jorge's Episodes HERE.

Jon Kloosterman, Director of Operations WestSide Auto Group, Zeeland, MI, 3 Locations. Jon started in the Automotive Industry in 2008 as a General Service Technician for Westside Auto Group. In 2012 he became a full time Service Advisor as Westside Auto Group expanded their original location from 3 to 7 bays. He has been part of Westside Auto Group’s growth process holding Manager positions in multiple locations. In 2020 he became the Director of Operations for what is now a 3 location operation that serves communities in West Michigan. He holds multiple ASE Certifications and has had the opportunity to serve on multiple different panels in West Michigan’s Independent world. Listen to Jon's Episodes HERE

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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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