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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.
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?
By ASOG Podcast
It's Time To Break Up
"Keep a cool quarter of a million? Or give it away.... You’d think that was self-evident, but usually, companies are unintentionally giving it away. If you’re like most of our clients, you’ve got enough worries on your plate when it comes to making sure everything in the business is running smoothly. You don’t have the bandwidth to take on another project, especially one this large—that has the probability of costing the company thousands of dollars in repairs, overages, gas...the list goes on. Recently we helped a company drive down the cost per mile from 48 down to 36 cents per mile by showing them how they can run their vehicles longer for more mileage and reduce their total investment in that vehicle, therefore, lowering the cost per mile. They were replacing their vehicles every hundred thousand miles. We showed them how much they can save by extending the mileage to double and triple which...came out to a cool quarter of a million dollars. That’s where we come in. We help businesses just like yours run more smoothly with less breakdowns, less downtime, and more profit in their pocket at the end of the year." Bill Deboer
Bill DeBoer, DeBoer’s Auto Sales & Service. Listen to Bill’s podcast episodes HERE.
freefleetbook.com Growing with fleet and retail- had office space next to the current location, rezoned it highway commercial to be recycled and added 6 bays. RR 481: David Saline – Start or Grow Your Fleet Business Wrote the book to try to speak to those people so that we can acquire more fleets and bring people into their wheelhouse, but also help out those people that aren't to the point where needing a fleet management team, but they're just trying to survive on their own. Downloadable PDF- cost per mile, vehicle maintenance tracker spreadsheet etc "The fractional fleet management program, where they can hire us, we can manage their fleet for a fraction of the. Because we're doing it on a fractional-time basis, they don't need that full-time management. But at the same time, they get all the same perks and benefits." Get 30 vehicles collected with only one or two contact points. So now you're not making 30 individual calls; you're making one phone call. You get a good relationship going with the key stakeholders and the decision-makers in those fleets. Telematics- all that data gets pulled into our fleet management program as we set up these vehicles on the maintenance schedules as they hit their miles. Share it with their prospects for fleets
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By Joe Marconi
As an "old timer" who got his start during the muscle car era, this is hard to accept. Am I too sensitive?
The Associated Press covered some of the driveway mechanics and enthusiasts who are converting classic cars into electric restomods.
This includes some business owners like Sean Moudry, co-owner of InspireEV near Denver. He recently restored a 1965 Ford Mustang with an electric powertrain. The project cost upwards of $100,000.
Read the article in Ratchet and Wrench: