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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.
By Transmission Repair
By Joe Marconi
Recorded Live at ASTE 2023, twin brothers Mario and Martin Rojas and their employer Jason Athanas, discuss their work in the automotive industry, the importance of continuous training and staying updated on technology, and their unique business model. Mario also talks about his YouTube channel 'Super Mario Diagnostics, which is used for training and customer engagement. Mario, Martin Rojas, and Jason Athanas, Autobahn Performance, Oakland Park, FL https://www.youtube.com/@SuperMarioDiagnostics
Watch Full Video The twins' journey to finding Jason (00:02:23) Mario and Martin Rojas explain why they decided to join Jason's shop. The importance of proper tools in a shop (00:03:06) The significance of having the right equipment and factory scan tools in a shop to effectively. Challenging the traditional rating system for technicians (00:04:03) The dissatisfaction with the current rating system for technicians and propose alternative ways to evaluate and recognize their skills and experience. The technician's self-training (00:08:15) Martin's diagnostic skills (00:09:13) The owner's role and challenges (00:10:08) Jason talks about his role and the challenges he faces in balancing his technician work with ownership responsibilities. The satellite location and shuttle service (00:16:54) Discussion about the separate buildings, shuttle service, and transportation methods used by the shop. Using YouTube videos as a marketing tool (00:18:19) Conversation about the agreement to film YouTube videos and how it benefits the shop by attracting technicians and showcasing their work to customers. Thanks to our Partners, AAPEX and NAPA TRACS Set your sights on Las Vegas in 2024. Mark your calendar now … November 5th-7th, 2024. AAPEX - Now more than ever. And don’t miss the next free AAPEX webinar. Register now at http://AAPEXSHOW.COM/WEBINAR NAPA TRACS will move your shop into the SMS fast lane with onsite training and six days a week of support and local representation. Find NAPA TRACS on the Web at http://napatracs.com/ 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 -Visit the Website: https://remarkableresults.biz/ -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
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Running an Auto Repair Shop is Like Winning at Football: A Playbook for Success! [E135] - Chris Cotton Weekly BlitzBy carmcapriotto
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In this episode of "The Weekly Blitz," Coach Chris Cotton uses football analogies to provide strategies for success in the auto repair business. He compares marketing and managing margins to offense and defense in football, and emphasizes the importance of managing setbacks, like penalties in a game. He also discusses the crucial role of employees and stakeholders, likening them to special teams and spectators. The episode ends with Coach Chris encouraging listeners to keep learning and growing in their business. The podcast is sponsored by Shop Marketing Pros, represented by Brian and Kimberly Walker.
Running an auto shop is like winning in football [00:03:15] Drawing parallels between running an auto repair shop and winning a football game, discussing offense, defense, and the importance of teamwork.
Offense: Your marketing strategy [00:05:33] Exploring the role of marketing in driving the business forward, emphasizing the need for an online presence and customer engagement.
Defense: Managing margins and operational efficiency [00:06:36] Highlighting the importance of managing costs, setting the right pricing, and ensuring an efficient operational workflow to ensure the long-term sustainability of the business.
Don't forget to subscribe and share [00:10:51] Encouragement to subscribe, share, leave a review, and provide input for future episodes.
Get in touch for questions or topics [00:10:51] Invitation to contact Chris at Auto Fix for questions or suggestions for upcoming episodes.
Time to rise and grind [00:10:51] Motivational message to keep learning, growing, and striving for success in the business.
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