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By Joe Marconi in Joe's BlogMost shop owners would agree that the independent auto repair industry has been too cheap for too long regarding its pricing and labor rates. However, can we keep raising our labor rates and prices until we achieve the profit we desire and need? Is it that simple?
The first step in achieving your required gross and net profit is understanding your numbers and establishing the correct labor and part margins. The next step is to find your business's inefficiencies that impact high production levels.
Here are a few things to consider. First, do you have the workflow processes in place that is conducive to high production? What about your shop layout? Do you have all the right tools and equipment? Do you have a continuous training program in place? Are technicians waiting to use a particular scanner or waiting to access information from the shop's workstation computer?
And lastly, are all the estimates written correctly? Is the labor correct for each job? Are you allowing extra time for rust, older vehicles, labor jobs with no parts included, and the fact that many published labor times are wrong? Let's not forget that perhaps the most significant labor loss is not charging enough labor time for testing, electrical work, and other complicated repairs.
Once you have determined the correct labor rate and pricing, review your entire operation. Then, tighten up on all those labor leaks and inefficiencies. Improving production and paying close attention to the labor on each job will add much-needed dollars to your bottom line.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at shop owner Tom Sciortino's new ADAS unit. Find out why he waited until now to purchase it, the learning curve with service information, why it is important to educate both the customers and local shops, and a step-by-step guide to how it works.
Tom Sciortino, Total Automotive, Buffalo, NY. Tom’s previous episodes HERE
Show Notes: Autel 900- ADAS unit plus it's an alignment machine We have to educate not only the consumers but the other shops, because any change in geometry, any change in the vehicle, you should at least confirm that it's in calibration. It may not always set a trouble code. Learning curve to find service information You have to be able to read service information and be able to follow procedures. Static and dynamic calibration Use the scan tool for the calibration process to access the computer system, scan the vehicle, and also communicate with the equipment to move the equipment up, down, and go ahead and do the adjustments There's also a screen up mounted high, so you can rotate that towards the car. It's a touchscreen so you don't have to keep coming behind the unit. The software walks you through the process step by step. It tells you what targets to set up, what steps to do on the equipment, what adjustments to make on the equipment, and walks you through it step by step. Documentation is huge because of the liability involved if someone gets into an accident. Digitally attach reports to work orders and take pictures with a tablet. Organize targets in cabinets with labels Lighting is crucial- changing the entire shop to LED and painting the ceiling
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By ASOG Podcast
Free Diagnostic Time: Is It Worth It for Auto Repair Shops?
By Ruben Van Zenden
Today, we simply cannot ignore social media, everyone is using it whether you are a fan or not. Personally, I think it has its negative and positive sides.
I have been looking at 100+ car repair shops and noticed that only a hand full are using social media marketing, for example, Facebook advertising.
Why are so few car repair shops making use of this, in my opinion, great opportunity to increase car count?
This shop is too slow. This shop is too busy. This shop doesn’t know either way. It wasn’t long ago that we heard a good bit of chatter regarding shops who were experiencing slow days but most recently we have experienced shops on the other end of the spectrum. They’re too busy and have mentioned pausing their marketing. In this episode, we discuss what shops can do to shift their marketing instead of stopping all together.
The too-busy shop trend - sound crazy, but true. Mistake: stop marketing. Busy today does not mean busy tomorrow. Stopping all marketing creates a roller coaster effect Everything is great until one day it isn’t Do you own a business or do you own a job? It’s time to grow up. Never stop marketing; pivot instead. Change messaging to less sales/promotion and more culture Start hiring Focus on brand building Messaging Shift to: More company culture Brand awareness Great Place to work Customer Acquisition Ads Community Relations Social Media SEO Customer Retention Emails Texting Social Media
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Amplify 2023 is just around the corner and we can't wait! The conference will be the first-of-its-kind event for auto repair shop owners, powered by AutoLeap, featuring:
13 sessions from industry experts and seasoned shop owners
14 top associations and training institutes
The conference will also offer unique opportunities for you to network with your peers, play games and win exciting prizes:
Discuss all aspects of shop management in a networking lounge
Snap your best picture to take part in a photo contest
Test your trivia skills with fun quizzes
Top the leaderboard by competing for the most points
Take your observation skills into action by participating in a scavenger hunt
Join in on the after-party
You will have the chance to win big. Our prizes include:
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