Jump to content

AutoShopOwner.com Updates


Recommended Posts

You may have noticed that we have updated AutoShopOwner.com today. The layout is relitively the same. If you run into any issue, please post them in this thread so that we can correct it.


We've updated every section, and during the coming weeks, will finalize everything. ASO is back online and running smooth. The updates took around 6 hours to complete.


Explore the new layout. We welcome your suggestions and feedback. :D

Link to comment
Share on other sites




Below are some of the new updates and features that I can remember off the top of my head:


1. Reputation system - Posts can now be rated, earning the author reputation points which can be highlighted with titles and badges.


2. Personal Conversations - Users can now create private topics, accessible only to themselves and anyone else they choose to invite. (replaces the default message system)


3. Mini Profile Popup - Wherever you see user_popup.png on your board (which is just about everywhere a member name appears), it can be clicked for a handy mini-profile popup. Send a PM, check reputation or find posts - without needing to leave the current page.


4. Social Network Icons - Social network icons added to the top of posts, to easily add content to your favorite network.


5. New Live Chat - Integrated new live chat system


6. Blog section Updated - various new blogging features


7. Photo Gallery Section Updated - various new photo features


8. Downloads section Updated - Layout and operation updated


9. Who visited today - Added a section that shows who visited the forum today. Located on the main page of the forum, at the bottom of the page


10. New Text Editor added


11. Log in with Facebook added


12. Status Updates added - Add "what's on your mind" to show on the forum home page and in your profile


13. Forum main page layout - new block additions, recent topics, etc. Right column can be closed or opened.


14. Event Calendar Updated - new features added. Add any events easier.


15. New Main Menu - Added new drop down main menu.


16. Synchronize FaceBook Account- Added the ability to sync your FB account to Autoshopowner. Go Here


This is the main list of features and changes as of right now.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Alex, you have been a busy guy. What did you do stay up all night Saturday evening and Sunday morning? Good job! :D


Pretty much...and lot's of coffee... :blink:


Added one more:


16. Synchronize FaceBook Account- Added the ability to sync your FB account to Autoshopowner. Go Here

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I am liking the changes. Took me a while though to find the "New Posts" link. LOL. Having trouble with the reps though? First time I tried it, I was told I had surpassed my number of reps for the day? Hadn't even done one before.


Should be working now. Thanks for the heads up. :P

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Have you checked out Joe's Latest Blog?

      Auto shop owners are always looking for ways to improve production levels. They focus their attention on their technicians and require certain expectations of performance in billable labor hours. While technicians must know what is expected of them, they have a limited amount of control over production levels. When all factors are considered, the only thing a well-trained technician has control over is his or her actual efficiency.
      As a review, technician efficiency is the amount of labor time it takes a technician to complete a job compared to the labor time being billed to the customer. Productivity is the time the technician is billing labor hours compared to the time the technician is physically at the shop. The reality is that a technician can be very efficient, but not productive if the technician has a lot of downtime waiting for parts, waiting too long between jobs, or poor workflow systems.
      But let’s go deeper into what affects production in the typical auto repair shop. As a business coach, one of the biggest reasons for low shop production is not charging the correct labor time. Labor for extensive jobs is often not being billed accurately. Rust, seized bolts, and wrong published labor times are just a few reasons for lost labor dollars.
      Another common problem is not understanding how to bill for jobs that require extensive diagnostic testing, and complicated procedures to arrive at the root cause for an onboard computer problem, electrical issue, or drivability issue. These jobs usually take time to analyze, using sophisticated tools, and by the shop’s top technician. Typically, these jobs are billed at a standard menu labor charge, instead of at a higher labor rate. This results in less billed labor hours than the actual labor time spent. The amount of lost labor hours here can cripple a shop’s overall profit.
      Many shop owners do a great job at calculating their labor rate but may not understand what their true effective labor is, which is their labor sales divided by the total labor hours sold. In many cases, I have seen a shop that has a shop labor rate of over $150.00 per hour, but the actual effective labor rate is around $100. Not good.
      Lastly, technician production can suffer when the service advisors are too busy or not motivated to build relationships with customers, which results in a low sales closing ratio. And let’s not forget that to be productive, a shop needs to have the right systems, the right tools and equipment, an extensive information system, and of course, great leadership.
      The bottom line is this; many factors need to be considered when looking to increase production levels. While it does start with the technician, it doesn’t end there. Consider all the factors above when looking for ways to improve your shop’s labor production.
  • Similar Topics

    • By Changing The Industry
      We have FREE training on Saturday in North Carolina!
    • By Joe Marconi

      Premium Member Content 

      This content is hidden to guests, one of the benefits of a paid membership. Please login or register to view this content.

    • By carmcapriotto
      Recorded Live at AAPEX 2023, Bill Hanvey and Paul McCarthy give insights into Right to Repair, what it takes to put on a massive show encompassing 2,600 exhibitors, and 46,000 buyers, and a recap of Magic Johnson's engaging keynote. In a recent study, by 2035 there could be a 54% decline in market share due to repair restrictions, translating to $92 Billion lost by the independent aftermarket. This issue is not just about the industry, but also about the consumers who rely on affordable and accessible auto services. Bill Hanvey, President and CEO of the Auto Care Association. Find Bill’s other episodes HERE. Paul McCarthy, President and CEO of MEMA (Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association). Find Paul’s other episodes HERE. Show Notes
      The impact of Right to Repair (00:02:58) Bill Hanvey and Paul McCarthy discuss a study by Roland Berger that predicts a decline in market share for the independent aftermarket due to repair restrictions. The importance of grassroots efforts in right to repair (00:04:51) The role of grassroots efforts and listener engagement in gaining support for the Right to Repair bill. Exceeding pre-COVID numbers at AAPEX 2023 (00:11:42) Conversation about the number of exhibitors and buyers at AAPEX, and positive feedback received. The technology-driven automotive industry (00:12:46) Exploration of the automotive industry's shift towards technology, the importance of data, and the excitement and opportunities it brings. The breakfast panel for next year (00:19:10) Discussion about planning for the next year's breakfast panel and the constant effort to innovate the show. The larger show for next year (00:19:33) Announcement of a larger show for the next year with more space and exciting new technology and innovations. Magic Johnson's appearance (00:20:22) Conversation about how Magic Johnson was chosen as a speaker and his impressive presence and interactions with the audience. Thanks to our Partner, NAPA Auto Care Learn more about NAPA Auto Care and the benefits of being part of the NAPA family by visiting https://www.napaonline.com/en/auto-care Connect with the Podcast: -Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RemarkableResultsRadioPodcast/ -Follow on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carmcapriotto/ -Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/remarkableresultsradiopodcast/ -Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RResultsBiz -Join our Insider List: https://remarkableresults.biz/insider -All books mentioned on our podcasts: https://remarkableresults.biz/books -Our Classroom page for personal or team learning: https://remarkableresults.biz/classroom -Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/carm -The Aftermarket Radio Network: https://aftermarketradionetwork.com -Special episode collections: https://remarkableresults.biz/collections
      Click to go to the Podcast on Remarkable Results Radio
    • By Changing The Industry
      Toxic Technicians: When is it Time to Let Them Go?
    • Incfile.com
    • By Changing The Industry
      How Outreach & Conversation Can Transform Auto Professionals' Lives w/ Brett Kinsfather & Roy Wragth

  • Our Sponsors




  • Create New...