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  2. interesting. theres alot of good points in this topic. For me working for someone is out of the question, if im not working at an airline. Im just done with big planes. Obviously I will do whats required to pay the bills but the whole purpose for me opening my own business to do something new that I enjoy on my own terms. Maybe a mobile small/light private aircraft mechanic? Maybe for me it is better to find an actual garage to work out of, just seems like that business model has been figured out for the most part. I am not entirely closed off to the idea and I can see how as brick and mortar business owners it can be frustrating to see someone out on the street doing work, But I dont honestly see an issue working with a vehicle on someone elses business or home property if given the permission. Obviously, these would be quick jobs and not clutches, engines or rear ends etc in the business park. To be honest the messy driveway is a concern of mine, and I dont have a fool proof plan on how to avoid those spills and this combined with the convience of being out of the weather, and being able to raise the vehicle above my head is a major player in reasons why I shouldnt do it mobile. However, I cant help but think that there is a way to be successful while doing it mobile. Is it a popular choice? no. and judging by some responses on here its pretty much blasphemy. lol Also, as I dig into this veture of mobile mechanics I come across alot of shady backyard mechanics and it is frustrating when I know im going to ask for more money, but then I think about me providing a warranty on parts, and having an actual tax paying and registered, legal business. Will this be enough to provide myself with a decent flow of customers? I dont know. From some of the above statements, it seems nearly impossible to navigate through the rifraf.
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  4. If you can get away with charging $200.00 per oil change you would make some money. These guys are right too, what happens when you miss the coolant bucket and drop coolant or any other hazard chemical in the street, on their drive way, at the parking lot where they work? Also can you get insured being mobile? What would your garage keepers policy look like? My policy replaces the car if we cause a total loss, and covers their medical up to 2 million.
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  6. We might be the only ones to have a different outlook on this... but in general... when the "product" is free... you're probably the product. I think what amazes me more about this is that CARFAX is directly competing with the SMS products that it has relied on for years to provide them with information. Which brings about a different set of questions. How will any SMS continue to export information to CARFAX knowing they are actively trying to take their customers away? I know of another large scale company in this industry that was once threatened with, "Do not put this product in the market or we will remove you from all of the shops that use our product with access to your daily business...". To clarify our stance on the "free" version of what we offer. The free version won't always be free. It's being used at this time to entice shops to try the product and upgrade. But once we reach a certain amount of subscribers, the free plan will likely cease to exist for anyone who didn't sign up and use it while it was available. We have plans to replace it with a low cost entry price that will still make sense.
  7. My entire concept of this business changed the day I was forced to move the first time, about 8 years ago. I learned that every tradesman gets paid, but us. That was the day I decided that things have to change if I wanted to achieve success. To give this some context, we have new lifts and equipment installed in a building we moved into across town. While having some problems with the heating unit, which was brand new at the time, I was billed something along the lines of $225 for the first hour and then $1xx for each subsequent hour (forgot exact number but it's not necessary for the lesson I learned here). When I asked about what I thought was exuberant pricing, the explanation given to me was... "My guys need t want to come into work in the morning, in order to do that I have to properly motivate them. In order to properly motivate them I need to pay them. In addition to paying them... I need to make a profit." Regardless of how wrong he was in this scenario, because we were discussing new units that broke.... he was right about one thing. That's the price that his business needed to thrive, not survive. It lead me to embarking on a journey of asking a lot of tradesman what they charged and about their business. The most successful ones, with the most overhead... didn't play games. They had serious prices, because they had serious responsibilities to adhere to. Most of the ones that didn't, had little to no overhead. Once I decided what kind of business I wanted to run... the rest started to follow suit.
  8. When zoning laws start getting strictly enforced... or worse yet... some poor guy gets hurt doing a job in a corporate parking lot... Things will change because that's what it takes for things to change, someone getting hurt and someone getting sued. If there are any mobile guys reading this, I just want you to know that this isn't personal. But when I applied for my business license in my town... I was explicitly told that I would be given citations for working on the street in the area in front of my business. So it burns me a little to pay taxes, be legal and get these kind of limitations thrown at me and have to adhere to them. I wouldn't even work outside, because it's just not what we do. But to have that limitation thrown at me and have it become a business model all around the country... seems like a point waiting for friction.
  9. There are many corporate offices in my area and many have huge multi-level parking decks. I recently found out that someone is performing repairs in one of the corporate office parking decks. Oil change, light bulb, belt, hose, wiper blades etc... No lift, no heat, no a/c but they are out of the rain and sun. They started doing wash, wax, detailing but they apparently have now expanded their operation to include repairs. Local zoning should hopefully put an end to it. I don’t appreciate having a mobile tech operating in my area with no “brick & mortar” overhead but they are crossing the line when they set up a quasi shop in a corporate office building that is zoned office research. This can’t be the only place operating like this so everyone should be aware of the possibility.
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  11. that seems to be the constant. undercutting. Do I "Have" to undercut myself to stay competitive? Thats what I do not know. I would imagine that if I provided a decent service at a convienent time and place for the customer, they would be willing to pay atleast the same as a brick and mortar shop for the convience. Hopefully word of mouth gets out and more people trust me as a legit business vs a fly by night backyard mechanic working out of the back of a station wagon. The working environment is a concern of mine. I am currently in the USAF as an aircraft mechanic and have spent most of my 23 years outside in the elements. While I dont mind it, I dont like it. But, being in florida, makes it bearable for most of the year. Mobile is definatley not something I want to personally do forever. Eventually I want my own shop, and a few mobile mechanics to keep that angle going (as long as its profitable).
  12. Hi jfuhrmad! Good question but a little difficult to answer. Mostly because car count, profits, revenues will depend a lot on your overhead and fixed costs. With that said, I will respectfully disagree with parts of things CAR_AutoReports says. First of all, you didn't state what term the 150 was - so I am assuming it's per month, right? If that is correct, then just apply a little math. On average, there's typically 22 working days in a month. 150 cars/month would mean 6.8 cars per working day. That leads directly to another question. Can you handle 7 cars a day?? I'm serious. If you're a one man shop, don't forget you've got to answer the phone, move the cars, test drive jobs, quote jobs, write up quotes, and oh yeah... fix the car too! I will say - and I have no idea what your background, experience or anything is - your target of 150 may be a little high. You may want to start by getting REGULAR; Maybe 2, 3, or 4 a day - and then figure out what you need to change to get the rest. I also disagree with CAR_AutoReports with respect to density and the area your shop is in. Again, some of this will rely on your reputation and what you've done already in the industry. My attitude is that I wouldn't want to be the first or second mechanic my customer thinks of - I WANT TO BE THE ONLY ONE THEY THINK OF - and that doesn't happen overnight. You've got to work on that and it takes time! This short video explains it best! Additionally, I DO agree with the type of work you target - but let's face it, there isn't a customer out there that KNOWS what they need - THE ONLY Thing they KNOW they need is an oil change. So don't crap all over the idea of getting customers to stop in to get that oil change. Because, when you think about it - no matter how good a tech you are - YOU CAN'T FIX THEM DRIVING BY YOUR DOOR! In reality, I would tell you to re-think what your targets are - again, I don't know enough about you and your experience - and think about the ways you're going to get car owners to stop in. That's the first step to getting the work and the customer. Hope this helps! Matthew "The Car Count Fixer" Join me on YouTube Like & Follow on Facebook ** DOUBLE YOUR CAR COUNT FREE COURSE
  13. Do you realize that they actually have a service "specifically" for auto repair shops? Just Google "uber for auto repair shops" and you'll get a bunch of links. Once that came up that isn't a bad place to start is here: https://www.geekwire.com/2018/review-like-use-wrench-uber-auto-repair-sends-mechanic-car/ Hope this helps! In short, why wouldn't you use them?? Does your competition?? If not, that the reason I would run to get it set up in my shop! Make yourself stand out in your market. Offer the service, experience, etc. that makes people want to do business with you. In other words, "make it frictionless!" Matthew "The Car Count Fixer" Join me on YouTube Like & Follow on Facebook ** DOUBLE YOUR CAR COUNT FREE COURSE
  14. Its definitely hot out there! Are you asking about A/C options for your shop?
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