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I'm sure most people have seen this on the Hunter website.

Fill in your own numbers and run the calculations yourself and apply them to your shop.

 

Using these numbers, payback on a $63k system would be less then 2 years. Still really good.

Even if you only sold 1 alignment per day instead of 2, you'd pay $63k back in 5 years, and you'd get a 234% ROI on a 10 year life cycle ($147k in net profit). 200% ROI would be the bare minimum to make a good investment.

These numbers even account for 100% depreciation, so after 10 years, you could sell the machine for about $6k (10%) and bank it or put it towards another new machine.

 

This also accounts ONLY for alignments. In reality, alignments also sell a lot of related steering and suspension work on top of the alignments, so your payoff would actually be much higher.
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I am currently in this predicament right now. I actually am getting quoted $54k after everything said and done. Might have to get with you (Framingham) to compare our quotes. I would LOVE to have an alignment machine but need to make sure it is doable....

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