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Get a behind-the-scenes look at shop owner Tom Sciortino's new ADAS unit. Find out why he waited until now to purchase it, the learning curve with service information, why it is important to educate both the customers and local shops, and a step-by-step guide to how it works. 

Tom Sciortino, Total Automotive, Buffalo, NY. Tom’s previous episodes HERE

Show Notes:  
  • Autel 900- ADAS unit plus it's an alignment machine
  • We have to educate not only the consumers but the other shops, because any change in geometry, any change in the vehicle, you should at least confirm that it's in calibration. It may not always set a trouble code. 
  • Learning curve to find service information
  • You have to be able to read service information and be able to follow procedures.
  • Static and dynamic calibration
  • Use the scan tool for the calibration process to access the computer system, scan the vehicle, and also communicate with the equipment to move the equipment up, down, and go ahead and do the adjustments
  • There's also a screen up mounted high, so you can rotate that towards the car. It's a touchscreen so you don't have to keep coming behind the unit. The software walks you through the process step by step. It tells you what targets to set up, what steps to do on the equipment, what adjustments to make on the equipment, and walks you through it step by step.
  • Documentation is huge because of the liability involved if someone gets into an accident. Digitally attach reports to work orders and take pictures with a tablet. 
  • Organize targets in cabinets with labels
  • Lighting is crucial- changing the entire shop to LED and painting the ceiling


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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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