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Well, I've finally found the place that might lead me in the right direction. I look forward in learning all I can. What I do now is what we all love, cars, cars, and cars! I'm currently a Diesel Technician who loves what he does and looks forward to being 'knee deep' in it. I've been around cars since I can remember, I'm 38. For about 7 years now, I've been really interested being a future shop owner. I've met a couple of owners who took that first step and are successfull, well I want to be in that place some day. I have no college skills, but don't mind trying something new. Just this past week, I took my first ASE Gas and Diesel Engine tests, really the first two of many. Getting my certifications will no doubt give my future customers trust in my skills. I hope to one day open my own performance shop. I love street cars and diesels, but the town I currently live in and economy will dictate where I really start. Maybe some place bigger who knows. So again thank you for this forum!

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Welcome aboard!


As a business owner for nearly 30 years and a veteran auto tech since 1974, I have seen great changes in this industry. There is great opportunity now, more than ever. But it will take a lot of work and honing your business skill also.


Use the forums in AutoShopOwner.com and tap into the brains of shop owners around the country.


Joe Marconi

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Hey JoeJoe! Welcome to the autoshopowner! What state are you in? Are town, suburb, city.....?

How's it going friends? Thanks for the response. Well I'm from Corpus Christi, Texas. We have alot of fishing here with nice beaches. It's mostly steaming hot but you can get used to it. Been here most of my life and with interest in working for myself, I can say it's gonna be one helluva task. The local shops in town are successful but I want to bring in my own with a 'twist', so to speak. With a population of around 200K+, not to many 'performance' shops exist here, maybe 2 or 3. My question is, in the line of work that I want to do, how can my future business survive in a town like this versus your basic auto repair shops? It's the performance industry I'd like to take a shot at. To me it seems to be alot harder on performance minded shops. I don't know. Maybe I'm looking at it wrong but hey this is the place to ask right? Like I was saying, I just happened to find this site and it looks like I'll be doing alot of searching for questions on the business-world. Once again, thanks!

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I agree and want to add that in this market, you need to diversify. I'm not saying you can't be successful, as a specialist. But, there is more opportunity when you diversify. You can still have a performance shop, while offering full service to a larger market.

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You will see many dealers get more aggressive with expanding their services too. Even dealers that loose their franchise may re-open as a used car dealer, tire store, etc. I just read of one case in Tire Magazine today.


Be aware, the dealerships will not fade away like so many of us have hoped.

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Hello, My name is Kenneth Rinderhagen I am 41 single, have been working as Mechanic for years, Graduated High School, and completed a 450 Hour course in Engine performance, Shop I original worked for sold the business, So I am presently attend Collage for an associate’s degree in business, though I do some mechanic work out of my house, I am working toward buying a shop and getting in gear for the real thing I am working on scratch, Though working toward it.


Ken Rin Auto





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      Most 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?
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      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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