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    • By meowpox
      Hello, we are a new shop (open for 1 year) and right now, we work on a lot of different types of cars. We have been lucky enough to have a great customer base and enough work that keeps everyone busy every day (sometimes have to be selective), but the question I discuss with my significant other (owner of the shop) is Should we specialize in a type of car? If so, when?
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      Pros of specializing:
      -People trust techs that work over and over on their type of car
      -Easier for techs to become masters of their work
      -No more spending on tools/manuals that are specific to other cars
      Cons of specializing:
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      -We find that the variety keeps day to day interesting
    • By Joshjmellor
      Hello all! I am fairly new to ASO and its been a great resource, Thank You!
      I am part way into my third year of business and looking to continue development and progress of my business. The first year was a lovely rollercoaster full of the perils and victories many of you have faced. The second year saw some traction and althought not a lot of profit, an understanding of what needed to be done to make it. Now for the third year, starting to make some money and run the business rather than that clawing on for dear life I experienced earlier.
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      How do you guys go about courting a specific group without losing the other?
      Is it worth specializing in one area versus trying to be everything to everyone?
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