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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.
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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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Pete McNeil discusses the changing needs of employees in the post-COVID workplace, particularly focusing on Gen Z employees. He talks about the importance of providing a positive customer experience and adapting to the preferences and attention span of Gen Z employees. He also discusses the challenges of hiring and retaining Gen Z employees, including the need for benefits, learning opportunities, and potential pay advantages.
Pete McNeil, McNeil’s Auto Care, Sandy and Riverton, UT. Pete’s previous episodes HERE
The Legacy of Old Car Repair Tools (00:01:39) Discussion about displaying old car repair tools in the waiting room to showcase the evolution of automotive technology. The Importance of Customer Experience (00:07:21) Highlighting the exceptional service provided by a server at a restaurant and the need to recruit service advisors from industries with a focus on customer experience. Understanding Gen Z Employees (00:08:47) Exploring the characteristics and preferences of Gen Z employees, including their shorter attention span and the need for clear direction and guidance. Gen Z Challenges in the Workplace (00:09:18) Discussion on the challenges faced by Gen Z employees entering the workplace without prior working experience. Adapting to Gen Z Preferences (00:12:19) Exploring the changing expectations of Gen Z employees during job interviews, including flexible work schedules and work-life balance. Creating Hybrid Pay Programs (00:16:38) The need for customized pay programs to meet the diverse needs and preferences of employees, with examples of different pay structures. Valuing Diagnostic Technicians (00:19:31) The need to compensate diagnostic technicians accordingly. Specialization and Rewarding Expertise (00:21:31) Highlighting the importance of specialized technicians in areas like transmissions, electrical, and HVAC, and the need to reward their knowledge and time investment. The importance of involving families in social events (00:26:34) Discussion on the significance of including employees' families in non-work related special events. Creating a positive work culture through various events (00:27:29) Exploration of different events, such as boating trips and casino nights, that the company organizes to foster camaraderie and teamwork among employees. The communication preferences of Gen Z employees (00:29:40) Insights into the communication preferences of Gen Z employees, including their preference for face-to-face interactions and the low reliance on social media for communication. The changing needs of employees (00:35:23) Discussion about the need for a new way of connecting and learning with the new age employees. Adding on to the Riverton store (00:35:47) Updates on the expansion of McNeil's Auto Care in Riverton, Utah, including adding six bays and a warehouse. Appreciation for Carm Capriotto (00:36:17) Expressing gratitude for Carm Capriotto's contributions to the automotive industry and the podcast. Thanks to our Partner, Dorman Products.
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