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Parts returns are factored in to cost of sales. Doesn't matter if it is returned by a qualified shop or a DIYer. Parts chains know failed parts and didn't fix it returns come back under the same blanket. Retail price & profit margin are king. Repair shops will always foot the bill in lost labor dollars. Goes like this. Complain to your supplier, fix the car at our expense, come in tomorrow and repeat.

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This is a caliper we received from advance today. In my opinion it's a poor quality reman. Also noticed there's been no consistency lately. Some calipers for instance come with line banjo bolts, some without. Threads not repaired. Some with hardware some without. Actually went in the store a while back and looked over about 4 boxes with the same part number. Each had different contents. Things like this really hurt small shop productivity in my opinion!


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I don't buy anything that I know is Cardone. Calipers are undercar express - supposed to be domestically reman, racks and power steering pumps - oe or used oe. Napa uses a different supplier than cardone now for pumps, I have one installed for about 6 months now with no issues. OE parts look better all the time.

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      I recently spoke with a friend of mine who owns a large general repair shop in the Midwest. His father founded the business in 1975. He was telling me that although he’s busy, he’s also very frustrated. When I probed him more about his frustrations, he said that it’s hard to find qualified technicians. My friend employs four technicians and is looking to hire two more. I then asked him, “How long does a technician last working for you.” He looked puzzled and replied, “I never really thought about that, but I can tell that except for one tech, most technicians don’t last working for me longer than a few years.”
      Judging from personal experience as a shop owner and from what I know about the auto repair industry, I can tell you that other than a few exceptions, the turnover rate for technicians in our industry is too high. This makes me think, do we have a technician shortage or a retention problem? Have we done the best we can over the decades to provide great pay plans, benefits packages, great work environments, and the right culture to ensure that the techs we have stay with us?
      Finding and hiring qualified automotive technicians is not a new phenomenon. This problem has been around for as long as I can remember. While we do need to attract people to our industry and provide the necessary training and mentorship, we also need to focus on retention. Having a revolving door and needing to hire techs every few years or so costs your company money. Big money! And that revolving door may be a sign of an even bigger issue: poor leadership, and poor employee management skills.
      Here’s one more thing to consider, for the most part, technicians don’t leave one job to start a new career, they leave one shop as a technician to become a technician at another shop. The reasons why they leave can be debated, but there is one fact that we cannot deny, people don’t quit the company they work for, they usually leave because of the boss or manager they work for.
      Put yourselves in the shoes of your employees. Do you have a workplace that communicates, “We appreciate you and want you to stay!”
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