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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.
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By Joe Marconi
Many auto repair shops are still busy, and many are booked out from a few days to weeks. After the initial shock of Covid, the recovery for our independent auto repair industry has been quite good, with many positive indicators for the future.
However, how many of the auto repair shops that did suffer a great loss in business during the lockdown phase of Covid would have survived if not for the SBA loans, the Pay Protection Program and the Employee Retention Credit?
Building a cash reserve is crucial to prepare yourself for the next economic downturn. How much should you set aside? That depends on your business model, how much debt you have and other financial conditions. Speak to your accountant, financial advisor and business coach, if you have one.
Rule of thumb, you should have at least three months of operating expenses set aside in a dedicated bank account. Some accountants and financial advisors may suggest up to six months.
Technician Round Table: Mobile Technicians with Matt Fanslow. Is the mobile business a symptom of the industry evolving? What is the future outlook of the mobile repair business? Are shops charging what they are worth instead of a race to the bottom? Is there a need to improve the culture and the atmosphere in shops?
Matt Fanslow, Riverside Automotive, Red Wing, MN, Diagnosing the Aftermarket A to Z Podcast
Are shops evolving? Are shops only having 5 ‘C’ technicians with a mobile diag technician getting outsourced? Reading, comprehension, and explanation of service information Shops must have service information and use it Failure is a great motivator- it motivates you to be better Have a learning atmosphere in the shop How do you treat your technician when something goes wrong? Electricians, HVAC, plumbers, construction, etc are at the high schools- the automotive industry must also have a place Charge what you’re worth- don’t race to the bottom; elevate the industry Image problem- people don’t view automotive professionals as professionals. Is the mobile business a symptom of the industry? Future of the mobile business- reduced but still evolving.
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Tekmetric re-designed the appearance and I can not stand it. I refuse to pay $399 a month for software that gives me a headache to look at. Anyone have a good alternative to tekmetric with all the same functionality that either has a tiered pricing schedule that makes sense for smaller shops, or is less then $399 a month, or looks like tekmetric used to and costs about the same?
The only integrations I use from tekmetric are parts ordering and the built in labor catalog, I do not use any of the marketing features so those are not important to me.
No...not fashion fads Some examples of industry fads Why fads make for better technicians
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