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  1. Happy Birthday Tom! Many More!

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    Is Flat Rate the Future for Shops?

    Joe: Sorry to take so long to reply. The plans I am referring to pay the tech a basic wage for the hours they are at work, and then pay a progressive incentive based on production. The lows of flat rate are higher, and the highs of flat rate are lower. But, the system is still significantly tied to incentive enough to make good production critical to excellent pay. Similar systems can be created for advisors and parts managers. Hope this helps,
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    Is Flat Rate the Future for Shops?

    A number of shops are having good success with a pay system that is about half hourly and about half flat rate....kind of the best of both worlds and fair to all parties.
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    Cash for Clunkers Law

    What a great way to take money ($1B) from taxpayers, including shop owners and techs, to give to consumers to purchase new cars so they visit us less often. Basically, one of the dumber ideas (there are so many lately) they have come up with in Washington.
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    Supplier Cooper-Standard seen as Chapter 11 risk

    I'd guess that the majority of suppliers are now at risk. We could see quite a wave of filings in the next few months as the full impact of the GM and Chrysler filings comes to light.
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    Dealer price slashing

    It's also pretty simple to add text to all of your marketing that states: "We will price match all dealer specials and estimates".
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    Consider Selling Used Cars

    Certainly a possibility. Used car prices have gone way up around here...as much as double on the very low end cars.
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    Loaner Cars

    Most of the more successful shops that I know of use both loaners and rentals. For insurance, we use: http://www.hastingsmutual.com/
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    Expand by Offering New Services

    Several good ideas there. However, a lot of shops fall into the trap of trying to do too many different things and being all things to all people. The focused specialists appear to be doing the best right now (as they always seem to do).
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    Who to Advertise with

    One big one is what you do with your shop and property and parking lot to cause people to stop in or call. Drive around your area, looking at other auto service shops and other businesses of almost any kind and note why certain ones stand out. Colors, lighting, signs, vehicles, flags, landscaping, etc. can attract a lot of customers.
  11. You certainly have some valid points, however low average RO and low labor rates are still a massive problem in many shops that I see. We should certainly adjust to the market, but I believe that increasing average RO should remain as a primary goal in almost every shop.
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    How to pay your Service Advisor

    We use and recommend systems where both techs and advisors are paid about half hourly/salary and about half incentive of some type.
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