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  1. Got my own branded flashlight, ordered 500 of them from Alibaba.com - talked to a bunch of suppliers and bought 500 for a good deal. I got my own branded long double box end wrenches as well being manufactured right now. Also ordered magnetic phone holders (1000 of them) and 200 OBDII wifi code readers. Spent about $10k, trying to get my name out there and earn some extra money on the side. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carmedix-Super-Bright-Rechargeable-LED-Water-Resistant-Flashlight-for-Mechanics-/272713331814?epid=16002924438&hash=item3f7efb3466:g:JzIAAOSwrfVZPg0r https://www.a
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  2. HOME Hoarders Watching television these days you’ll find a lot of so called reality shows on the air waves. I sat thru one of these hoarding shows, and quite frankly I wasn’t surprised at all. I’ve seen this same thing in cars, trucks, and vans. Junk, trash, and just about anything you could think of piled up inside the car and/or in the bed of the truck. The one thing that seems to be common with every one of them is the mess. It’s not so much the piles of crap that they keep in their vehicles, but how they keep
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  3. The flashlight adds look great. My wife/English Teacher would smack my knuckles with a ruler if I didn't advise you that 'does' should be 'do' in the following sentences. Long lasting 18650 rechargeable battery INCLUDED- many flashlights in this price range does do not include a battery! Convenient hidden micro USB charging port - a lot of other flashlights in this price range does do not have a direct charge port!
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  4. Nice stuff! Who doesn't need a "High Quality Aluminum Alloy Super Bright CREE LED BULB" flashlight! Honestly... not picking on you - I promise. Strictly from a "business" point of view, the problem I have with all that stuff (typically referred to as specialty advertising - stuff with your name on it) is that you can't track any type of ROI. One of the things I constantly reminder shop owners of is that "if you can't track it - don't do it" So what would have happened if you purchased $10k in postage stamps - and turned each postage stamp into a 10x return? Again - I am not here to pick o
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  5. I agree. Thanks for making me smile.
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  6. The service advisor in a busy shop already has too much on their plate, and it's a challenge to stay focused on the important, productive tasks. To me, you're adding more stuff to distract from what will actually make you money and develop loyal customers, like consistent inspections and routine maintenance. You're creating more things to have to discuss with the customers. You'd see much more ROI if you spent that $10k on Google Adwords or a retention and follow up system like Myshopmanager.com. JMHO
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  7. There are several ways to go. I think the RAP reflash technology is a bit young and they're having trouble with it. I got the DrewTech RAP box a while ago, and it's pretty limited on what it can do. They also bricked a PCM on a ford van. They stood behind it and bought a new PCM, but it put my customer out for a couple days waiting for the new PCM and for DrewTech to send us the Rotunda tool to program it. I'm confident they'll fix this issue, but it's not fixed yet. You can get a Snap On j-box for reasonable money, and a cheap laptop will run it. I think my laptop still has a "Made for Win
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  8. Ron, Your post is a bit confusing. You titled it "Are Better Made Cars Drowning Car Counts?" You went on to state "That's not the reason why car count is down in shops." Then in your response to my post, you included "Cars made better." as one of the reason for lower car count. So hopefully you can see how this may create some confusion and distract from your intended main point. Scott
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  9. When I bought my partner out a few years ago, he said it was time to raise our labor rate. Because I lost his customer base, and he was the expert mechanic, I was afraid to raise the rate. I worked my butt off and struggled. I finally got over my fear, and challenged by other shop owners I raised my rates. Nothing happened. So I raised them again. I don't recommend this, but I can tell you what I did and what happened. I ended up raising our labor rate from $89 to $125 in a period of 18 months. Nothing happened. Except I started being profitable. I know I am the highest labor rate in town. The
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  10. I see. To me, I think it's almost impossible to run a shop alone. I was there less than 2 years ago and I remember thinking that I'll never hire anyone bc of the overhead. But now, even on a slow day I have to have a minimum of 3 people in the store. One busy day makes up for a the week of being slow. When its busy, you can't turn away business but if you're a one man shop, then that becomes the reality. I would hire help at minimum wage and offer to train them as a mechanic. There's a lot of kids looking for jobs like this. Have him help with phones and train him to do the simple
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