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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.
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.
You’re growing -a lot, but concerned about losing the company culture you’ve spent so much time, energy, effort, and money on building. In this episode, Kim Walker shares her thoughts, ideas, and strategies being implemented to be super intentional about maintaining company culture.
Worked hard to define core values, build a team, processes You’re getting great results You’re growing But fearful of losing momentum, culture, pace, etc Keep Core Values front & center. What we do: Hiring, onboarding Firing relates back In the middle - reward + recognize Make decisions Process Documented Practiced by all Appreciated + Understood Onboarding. How do you do it? Is it documented? Can it be duplicated easily? Hire Slow, Fire Fast Games Kim Games (Slack) JR’s Dad Jokes + Puns Playfulness, laughter, joy. Happiness is a core value for us. Contests. Surprises Letters to family Door Dash Travel together/retreat Training Meaningful Easily found for future reference Mentoring Day to Day Connections Slack Huddles Project Management software communication
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Free Diagnostic Time: Is It Worth It for Auto Repair Shops?
This week Hunt discusses the basics behind debt and how to pay your debt down in a safe manor.
• What factors go into evaluating whether debt is a good option or not?
• How does leverage work with debt and how do you analyze the situation to make sure it will be a profitable one?
• Do I actually want to be debt free or is this debt making me more money than it is costing me?
• How do I select what debt to start paying down first?
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Hunt Demarest, CPA
Paar Melis and Associates – Accountants Specializing in Automotive Repair
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By Ruben Van Zenden
Today, we simply cannot ignore social media, everyone is using it whether you are a fan or not. Personally, I think it has its negative and positive sides.
I have been looking at 100+ car repair shops and noticed that only a hand full are using social media marketing, for example, Facebook advertising.
Why are so few car repair shops making use of this, in my opinion, great opportunity to increase car count?
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