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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.
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.
Thanks to our Partners Shop-Ware and Delphi Technologies Shop-Ware: More Time. More Profit. Shop-Ware Shop Management getshopware.com Delphi Technologies: Keeping current on the latest vehicle systems and how to repair them is a must for today’s technicians. DelphiAftermarket.com
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By Joe Marconi
ICE Vehicles Will Long Dominate Aftermarket
"The media teems with reports of surging Electric Vehicle (EV) sales and how EVs will soon replace Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Vehicles. However, an examination of EV sales reveals a different picture and underscores the unlikelihood that EVs will displace ICE vehicles in the aftermarket any time soon."
"The U.S. vehicle population has a much larger segment of older cars and light trucks than any other country with a VIO (vehicles in operation) of comparable size. Accordingly, it will take many years (even decades) for EVs to have a significant impact on ICE aftermarket sales in the U.S."
EV Sales in the U.S.
The U.S. pace of new Electric Vehicle sales is lagging behind many other major countries. Sales of all types of EVs in the U.S. topped 780 thousand in 2022, less than 6% of the 13.8 million total new vehicle market, which suffered its weakest performance in over ten years.
After peaking at 361 thousand in 2018, EV sales in the U.S. shifted into reverse, falling to 318 million by 2020. In 2021, EV sales rallied to 546 thousand and reached a record-high level last year.
Not all EVs are the same. The different EV powerplant configurations vary in their potential for disrupting the aftermarket. There are three types of Electric Vehicles: Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV).
HEVs and PHEVs are dual-powered, using an Internal Combustion Engine and Electric Motor, which work in cooperation. According, HEV and PHEV Electric Vehicles have a large portion of their miles powered by fossil fuel.
Focus on BEVs
In measuring the disruptive impact of Electric Vehicles on the aftermarket, it is best to focus on Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), separating them from the other types of Electric Vehicles (HEVs and PHEVs), which significantly rely on gas engines.
Annual BEV Volume
The EV light vehicle market in the U.S. differs from total EV sales when BEVs are separated. From 2018 through 2022, all Electric Vehicles sales topped 2.3 million.
BEVs represented 1.7 million EV sales from 2018 through 2022, just over 76% of the total. Accordingly, BEVs generated only 2.2% of new car and light truck volume in the U.S. during these five years.
BEV Small VIO Impact
Battery Electric Vehicles represent an even smaller portion of cars and light trucks on U.S. roads. Between 2018 and 2021, BEVs climbed from about 0.3% to just over 0.6% of the nation’s VIO.
Record-high BEV sales in 2022 did not push their VIO share past 0.8%, only about one-third of their 2022 new vehicle market share.
Lang Marketing has developed the concept of Aftermarket Vehicles: cars and light trucks at least four years old. These vehicles generate over 95% of total aftermarket product volume, not including Tires and Accessories.
In 2022, BEVs represented less than 0.3% of Aftermarket Vehicles in the U.S. This underscores the significant time lag between the new sales share of EVs and their aftermarket impact.
BEV Aftermarket Impact
So far, Battery Electric Vehicles have replaced only a minuscule number of ICE vehicles at least four years old. Lang Marketing estimates that BEVs eliminated only about 0.3% of ICE aftermarket volume last year.
Aftermarket Sales of BEVs
BEVs do not share many operating components with ICE cars and light trucks. Nevertheless, BEVs still require aftermarket products, primarily Tires, Accessories, Batteries, and Electrical Components.
BEV Impact on Aftermarket by 2030
Lang Marketing estimates that less than 5% of ICE vehicle product volume (not including Tires and certain Accessories) will be eliminated by BEVs during 2030 compared to what it would have been without BEVs on the road.
ICE vehicles will record substantial aftermarket growth between 2022 and 2030. In fact, the annual rate of ICE aftermarket product growth between 2022 and 2030 will greatly outpace the “loss” of ICE volume due to BEVs during these eight years.
Six Major Takeaways
1. New Electric Vehicle sales in the U.S. lag behind EV volume in foreign countries.
2. To accurately measure the aftermarket impact of Electric Vehicles in the U.S., it is necessary to focus on Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), the only EVs without an Internal Combustion Engine.
3. The impact of EVs on the new car and light truck market in the U.S. is different when BEV vehicles are separated from total Electric Vehicle sales. Over the last five years, BEVs accounted for only 2.2% of the entire new car and light truck volume in the U.S.
4. BEVs climbed from 0.3% of total cars and light trucks on U.S. roads in 2018 to about 0.8% by 2022. So far, Battery Electric Vehicles have replaced only a minuscule share of ICE vehicles at least four years old (Aftermarket Vehicles).
5. Aftermarket Vehicles (cars and light trucks at least four years old) generate over 95% of total aftermarket product volume, other than Tires and Accessories. In 2022, BEVs represented less than 0.3% of Aftermarket Vehicles in the U.S.
6. Lang Marketing estimates that ICE product volume (not including Tires and certain Accessories) will be reduced by less than 5% during 2030 compared to what it would have been without BEVs on the road. The annual rate of ICE vehicle product growth between 2022 and 2030 will greatly outpace the “loss” of ICE volume caused by BEVs during these eight years.
Chris Lawson is back for Part 2 of our discussion about finding technicians in our industry. This episode focuses on the advanced strategies for finding technicians on Indeed and Facebook. Do you require a resume on Indeed? Find out why you shouldn't! Chris Lawson, TechnicianFind.Com. Chris' previous episodes HERE Show Notes
If you’re looking to hire an experienced technician with a job, throwing more money at job boards is a losing strategy. You need to go where techs hang out online, and that’s social media. Building a connection- ask questions, find out what they are trying to accomplish in their career 2 weeks notice- it’s a dangerous time, follow up with value (shorten the time period, putting in a touch point with communication, remind them why they said yes to the offer). Consider creating a 2 week orientation to keep them engaged. Always be recruiting- ask for referrals. Respond to comments and questions on ads Spend time on good headlines and good ads Why you shouldn’t require a resume on Indeed- do technicians have an updated resume to apply? Get them on the phone! Hiring Insights on Indeed- free tool, the automotive technicians are extremely competitive,
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Can proper equipment equal higher efficiency? Justin Allen, a Manufacture's Rep for Hunter Engineering Company, continues to help shop owners understand that investing in the right equipment can increase the shop's profitability, save time, and build trusting customers. Justin Allen, Manufacture's Rep, Hunter Engineering Company Show Notes
Trends- ideas about automation and tracking your efficiency and productivity. Everything is driven toward reducing errors, reducing errors for your technician. Hunter Quick Lane/Quick Check Drive- the digital photos of the vehicle and the actual alignment measurements. It takes the opinion out and is completely objective. "Sale people go arm in arm with shop owners to face this battle every day, and the battle is rusted nuts and bolts, and the battle is technology, that it's evolving so quickly that we can't seem to stay on top of it." If you're not being successful with the equipment, then something went wrong. Only 5-15% of automotive shop owners are engaged in active training and growth Don’t be the frog in the pot of water- are you seeing what is around you? Helping shop owners understand that investing in advanced equipment can increase the shop's profitability, save time, and build good trusting customers. About 400 sales reps in North America and about 400 service technicians- local classes are also available. Stress reduction- what can a new piece of equipment do to make me more efficient?
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