By Joe Marconi
With so many different models on the roads these days and the challenges of obtaining all the necessary training, tools, and technical information, should auto repair shops consider narrowing their focus on fewer makes and models?
Is "All Makes, All Models" really achievable today?
hey all! I'm wondering if anyone knwos of any open source repair software? I'm a fan of wordpress as open source, gimp, open office so on I was hoping to find something to help manage a small shop with invoicing - similar to the big names but open source....anyone know of anything?
Jeff Cox, President, Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association
Jim Bennett, Carmasters Automotive, Norfolk, VA, and ATI Coach
Key Talking Points
MAP- The Motorist Assurance Program is an Automotive Industry initiative built on vehicle inspection, repair and maintenance standards developed over the last 25 years. The MAP standards were developed for the sole purpose of instilling trust in the relationship between you – the motorist – and your chosen MAP participating service provider. MAP Vision- A world in which every motorist trusts the automotive maintenance and repair industry MAP Mission- Dedicated to equipping the automotive maintenance and repair industry with standards that build trusted relationships with the motorist. Building consistency and transparency with standards Non for profit Required vs recommend when it comes to safety and consistent communication with technicians $150 per year to join and be certified- online training and online test, when a group joins there is a group discount (NAPA BDG), will also join store locator on motorist.org. Available on mobile devices and computers. Accessing content/material-eLearning, API for DVI integration MAP follows and gets updated on bills, guidelines, and regulations that states require that you might not be aware of. MAP also tracks and segments by category (oil-tire disposal etc). Also has a separate listing for federal laws A free program for schools- contact AMRA.org The Sears class action on shocks - a catalyst for MAP Hosts technical conferences that members are invited to, and presentations of past conferences are also available online Has consumer-based videos- motorist.org (consumer-facing). Why the oil change is now $99.00, tire repair standards
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By Joe Marconi
I will be at the Elite Invitational next week and also making a presentation on "Identifying Your Ideal Customer."
If you are attending the event, please let me know. I would enjoy getting together.
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By Joe Marconi
With run-away inflation and the never-ending increase in gas pricing, auto repair shops in the Northeast are cautious. While 2022 so far has been very good for most, the fear is that the forces that eat away at the consumer's discretionary spending will also affect their ability to pay for recommended services and repairs.
How are you dealing with this? What strategies could we share?