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Mike Walter

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    Aspen Park Tire & Auto
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    Main Street, Conifer, Colorado, 80433
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    Auto Repair
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  1. Mike Walter

    Mike Walter

  2. 7 bay repair shop in the foothjills outside of Denver, Averages over $1 mil in sales over the past 5 years. Well established in a small community, comes with prime real estate, same size lot across the highway just sold for $1.1 mil. 5 bg flush machines, New Snap on aligner, tire machine, tire balancer, waste oil furnace, compressor , all come with the deal, Owner highly Moticatyed, $800,000 , make offer
  3. Hi TM or DA or whoever you are, read before you speak. You are barking up the wrong side of the tree ( not the sunny side ), Mechanic. Hi guys and thanks for your input. There is alot more to this story than I can divulge because of the good possibility of the litigation process taking over.
  4. Hi guys and thanks for your input. There is alot more to this story than I can divulge because of the good possibility of the litigation process taking over. I can comment however on what you guys posted. Not really a "pissing contest " going on here, I have been around long enough to no better that will never get you anywhere and its just a waste of time. I did request an email from the King before I posted my original post , to send me the exact reason why I am in default, the King has yet to reply, figure that is . The problem here is a pencil pusher behind a desk making an
  5. Ok, here is the deal . I have been a loyal Snappie customer since 1984 and I have never experienced anything like what I experienced today with Snap on credit. Long story short , a credit Manager made the decision that I defaulted on the lease agreement because I failed to notify them that I returned a piece of equipment ( WITH THE HELP OF THE LOCAL SNAP ON DEALER ). So the Manager ( let's call him King ) made this decision from the input of all other parties involved ( some of the input was fraudulent, that's a big word and I would never use it unless I can back up using it, which I c
  6. Thanks for the input. The Green Diamonds were a hot item here in Colo back in 2012. We sold a lot and then stopped selling them when the weren't holding up to the mileage warranty ( 50k warranty, tread gone by 20k on most Trucks ) and when they came in flapping and the local rep was no where to be found. He reappeared 2 years later. He said they WERE NOT RECAPS BUT REMOLDS. Tell that to the customers with flappers. We later found out it is ILLEGAL to put recaps ( remolds, flappers, etc ) on the front of a passenger vehicle in Colorado. Havent heard anything about them since, good riddance
  7. Yeh, I know a little bit about tire liability. Learned about it back a few years ago when I was peddling some Green Diamond tires. Those tires were a real good lesson when it comes to liability, thats for sure.
  8. Hi Elon, I think the liability concern you have is a valid one but I doubt if Amermac would be selling tire shaving equipment if there was a problem. Heck if there was a problem, Amermac would be out of business by now.
  9. Hi Elon, thanks again . Taking care of the customers is what its all about in any service oriented business. Doing it honestly, explaining to them how things work on their vehicles if they don't know, explaining to them why they need to perform regular maintenance, etc. builds trust. Without the trust factor you will not be in business very long. I think this Road Hazard thing will erode the trust factor very quickly if not handled properly. I think my particular situation with servicing many more AWD and 4WD than 2WD vehicles, is a lot of the problem I am having with the Road
  10. Good morning Elon and thanks for the reply. I was wondering about the liability concerning shaving a tire. If I went that way, I would definetly have the customer sign a release of liability. My main concern is up selling the road hazard warranty and if there is problem with a tire, the road hazard warranty only covers one tire, when on most vehicles we service you cannot replace just one, you must replace all 4 because they are AWD or 4wd. So it's like the customer would buy 3 and get 1 for free, even though they only really need one.
  11. I am thinking of selling Road Hazard Warranties to my customers. The problem I am having with this program ( TechNet has a great program) is having my Advisors selling a Road Hazard warranty and seeing that 80% of the vehicles we service are AWD or 4WD, I don't feel comfortable selling the warranty when 9 times out of 10 , the other 3 tires will have to be replaced ( depending on tread depth ). I researched this great site and the web in general and I don't see anyone discussing this. Of course honesty and integrity comes into play here and I don't feel comfortable selling somethin
  12. I to am a Tech net shop and a little worried about parts quality. My independent CARQUEST is now stocking BWD electrical components such as ignition parts, sensors, switches, etc. I have an Oreilly parts house up the street from us and have used BWD in the past that we got from them and have had nothing but trouble with them. Also the Wearever brake pads CQ is now selling have me a little worried also. We do ALOT of brakes because 70% of my customers commute 40 miles or so to Denver daily from my rural town and its all down hill Quality of parts is very important to a shop like mine and
  13. Morning, the customer covers all fuel costs. I am coming in at around $5.50 per vehicle, per work day . We also use the vehicles for training purposes for lube techs to perform flushes, tire work, etc. which also brings an added value to the business.
  14. We recently have added a total of 5 loaner vehicles in the last 4 months and will be adding another one this week, for a total of 6. Being in a rural community where some customer live up to 15 miles from the shop, we are getting great results and a lot of happy customers. All customers must be a min of 25 years old. I also have a contract the customer must sign and show they have insurance on the vehicle we are working on. I spent countless hours researching what the verb age of the contract says so it is a legal binding contract ( not bad for a guy who barely graduated from High School, I
  15. I agree with Joe 110%. I made the transition to offsite owner back in Sept. It wasn't easy and I am still working on ALOT of items to be sure my business will continue to grow. I could not have done it without already having the right people in place. Its all about competent, trustworthy employees. Getting your business to grow is one thing, but you cannot do it without the right people that want to help you to grow.

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