Hello to everyone from Houston TX.
I need some advice on buying a running auto repair shop..But I am not a car mechanic..
I have a full time computer programmer job from last 15 years.I make decent living. But from a while now I am planing to own my business.
I am ready to quit my job and work full time on the business.
Typically I see if I buy a running shop, I will get 4 weeks of training from existing owner and my plan is to hire the owner as manager from another 3 months to make sure, I get enough time to settle in.
My only concern, without knowledge of cars know/how. can I run business successfully? How would I know what my mechanics are working on, how much time does it take to work on a job ? How do I hire new mechanics etc?
Any advice is highly appreciated!
So I am moving away from the automotive industry and will be staring a mobile heavy diesel repair and service business.
Does anyone have any good contacts or know of any forums that would be of benefit to me to get some mentoring and some advice from the pros?
Thanks in advance!
So we are looking at moving our shop to a really nice shop here in town that has some amenities that we are very excited about but I got to talking with the landlord about the past few shops that had been in there and he told me that he didn't think this location could sustain a $70-80 labor rate. He thought that was probably why the last shop didn't stay busy enough to keep the doors open.
I have always thought that while location can be a great plus that it really truly depends on how you package things and how well you do with marketing and advertising. Ive always seen that good customers will travel a little bit just to come to a shop they like.
What do you all think? How much value should I put in what the landlord was saying? How much does location truly have to do with a shops success? How far will customers travel to come to a good quality shop they love?