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juanpablo4219 last won the day on September 9 2020

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    Fern Automotive Services
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    1834 Las Casas Street, Brownsville, Texas, 78520
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    Auto Repair
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  1. Again "hope is not a plan" A plan is better than no plan at all. It has been a tough year for the US 🇺🇸. This year has been our break through year. We have increased our sales by 10% . The last quater is always the hardest. There are, like it was mentioned before some factors to consider for the last months of the year. Google business has been a great tool for us... In the last 2 years we have been working on branding and promoting our business on social media with that intent. We're a 7 yr old brake and front end shop and we're beginning to see our e
  2. ...to answer your question, YES, that's the right "Business Decision" (key word Business). I know it's hard, I myself have been in that situation on previous Jobs as Dir. of Op's. You keep the staff that align with your business Mission & Vision statement and go from there. These are the best employees to have in this kind of situations. I am sure the compensation will come later on.
  3. Thanks for the advice...exclty my plan but around my 60 years.. who's your coach?😁
  4. "My banker just told me that 1099s don’t count because 1099’people are eligible to apply themselves. I had quite a bit of 1099 last year and it don’t count." Exactly, I was never a Banker, but I am an accountant by profession and Business owner/Mechanic by trade. therefore we should focus on how justify/paper trail to our expenses.. Tell your accountant to run your 2019 P&L and look at your expenses and go down the lines.. if u get the loan, that's whats going to cover along with payroll if any employees. That will give you and idea. Also do the pay roll for those tha
  5. Good day.. I have submitted our application for the EIDL and for the PPP relief, thinking that this would help us... Keep in mind, this process will take time but I am sure it is moving, any chance we have at it, it's better then nothing at all. On the Payroll issue, our company does not have employees, we are independent contractors, so pay roll won't work for us, even though I record our pay checks, and at the end of the year we get a 1099. ...but any of these loans will certainly help for our fix expenses, rent, utilities and such. In other words, we all qualify due
  6. Good day! We had to close, we are in mandatory shelter at home by the County for the next 14 days, ( March 28th to April 8th). Not many cases of coronavirus down here, but there are about 7 cases in Brownsville,TX. 6 are trip related and the other it's under investigation. School is out and a lot of places are closed. ...For us, a shop going on it's 7th year mark, we started the year with our sales at hi. In January we increased our sales by 27% & February by 22%. Things went down by Mid March, when all of this started. We're going to wait till April
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  8. We've been told by the hunter rep that we're supposed to charge more for the calibration of the steering angle/ connect the code link. The computer tells you at the beginning once you put targets and rolled the car.... but you do the update at the end. My though... we're a fairly new business and we're building a brand and name for ourselves...if we don't calibrate the steering angle of the car will drift or not run straight... we charge a flat fee for the alignment and that's it Now at what time we're going the tell the customer that we have to charge them more since their car
  9. I am in Brownsville, TX....down south or the upper part of Mexico if you will.... Lol It has been the same for us....our business is a 3 yr old but we still growing as a new business. Our numbers are very low compare to the numbers you guys mentioned... But it's very similar to you al'.....great in March and April and on the avg for Jan & Feb compared to last year. so far no loses yet and we're braking even. We were setting up to do State Inspection with the idea to increase our sales but the Great State of Texas decided to do away with them... now back to th
  10. We're down in Brownsville, TX. we're in south Texas border with Mexico and it has been a rare year for us, since our shop is a 3yr old. We have been growing and still have a 7% sales increase yr. to date but from late august till now, our monthly sales have been decreasing. We're doing less than last yr. ....and as Joe said keeping positive is the best way. It's slow but this give us the time to convert one of our bays into an state inspection station. this keep us busy and at the same time allow us to continue to provide services wow, and I thought it was just us
  11. We have that equipment and bought it used from a dealership, so far it has worked for us. ....Then again We're a new shop and started with used equipment to build out clientele. It's really hard to start a new business with no customers and have a monthly payment. Now after a year, we make an average of 32 alignments monthly and totally justified the expense of a new one. At this point, we're looking into updating the computer and software and have code link... According to Hunter Sales rep, we still have support for this machines.... Regards
  12. Good Day everyone! We just had our 1st Anniversary, Last November 27th. Our shop is focus on Maintenance, Brakes, Suspension Work, and Minor Eng. repairs. We have not done any advertising other than visit different tire shops, Rent a Tire and Discount Tire. Down here in Brownsville, TX the Auto Industry is very competitive, not to mention that we're a border town and the competition is really Mexico, where the prices on labor are "dirt cheap" what I have learned in this year is "Word of a Mouth" is your best advertising. Discount Tire send us their customers for Alignment.
  13. This is nice to hear and glad that this was brought up. I recently open an automotive services shop and I want to build the next phase/niche of the shop around the off roader and diesel customer. Why you might ask? Well somebody just mentioned it, the small jobs are the bread and butter but the off roaders and Diesel Customers are the big jobs. I am an Off Roader and use a diesel truck to pull my rigs. I agree with moonlight, with the exception that I just started my shop last year.

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