Guest Host and Shop Tour with Travis Comfort, Rick's Automotive, Springfield, MO. Take a tour of this 28,000-square-foot campus.
Travis Comfort, Vice President, Rick's Automotive, Springfield, MO.
Key Talking Points
28,000 square feet: 40 employees, 7 service advisors and service director, parts person, 22 technicians, 28 bays. Average 1400 vehicles a month. First building 1988, fleet 2000, quick service 2012 The second generation- Travis has B.A. in business, and married Rick’s youngest daughter. Worked his way up from cleaning the bays to now Vice President. Local technical college- works directly with the automotive department Has a dedicated lube bay- has two techs from high school A building- diagnostics, B building- fleet, C building- quick service Gives the parts suppliers a map of the building “Known to eat off the shop floor”
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By Joe Marconi
From what I am hearing from my fellow shop owner friends, the shops in my area, Northeast (New York), auto repair shops are busy and steady. However, there is a feeling from many shop owners to be cautious about the future.
Things that give shop owners concern: Inflation, the cost of living affecting the consumer's ability to afford auto repairs, dissatisfaction with the current administration, and possible recession.
By Joe Marconi
Here is an excerpt from a report from Lang Marketing: Read and enjoy!
Six Major Takeaways
Lang Marketing expects that new car and light truck volume will remain in low gear from 2020 through 2023 compared to the previous four years (2016 through 2019). Lower new vehicle annual volume will trigger five significant aftermarket changes that will boost the volume of aftermarket products from 2022 through 2030. By increasing used vehicle prices and shifting miles to older vehicles, lower new vehicle sales will boost aftermarket product volume through 2030. An increase in the average age of vehicles and more older vehicles on the road, both resulting from lower new vehicle sales, will provide a tailwind for aftermarket product growth. Although there will be fewer vehicles in the repair-age sweet-spot between 2026 and 2030, this will create a mileage shift to older vehicles and an increase in the upper age boundary of the repair-age sweet-spot, which will be positive for aftermarket product growth Lower new vehicle sales will slow the growth of Electric Vehicles on the road, increasing the use of ICE vehicles and pumping up their aftermarket product volume. Source:
Lang Marketing Resources, Automotive Aftermarket Consulting, Research and Analysis
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