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jfuhrmad

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About jfuhrmad

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  • Business Name
    Integrity Auto Care
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    32003 128th Street Northwest, Princeton, Minnesota, 55371
  • Type of Business
    Auto Repair
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    Shop Owner
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  1. So, were the 40% and the 45% calculated the same way? I like how bantar does it where he compares actual car count to what is expected.
  2. Wow! So you guys are actually down more than a week ago when you were 40% down (compared to 45% last week). People in NY must be much more reluctant to head out.
  3. How far are you guys down? The only visibility I have so to bantar and dfrisby and my vendors. So it looks like Minnesota (still with stay-at-home in place and Texas (just prior to removing stay-at-home) were only down 15-20%. Please provide your numbers and any other numbers from “around the country” with more specific info so we can keep an eye on what’s happening. Thanks!
  4. How far are you guys down? The only visibility I have so to bantar and dfrisby and my vendors. So it looks like Minnesota (still with stay-at-home in place and Texas (just prior to removing stay-at-home) were only down 15-20%. Please provide your numbers and any other numbers from “around the country” with more specific info so we can keep an eye on what’s happening. Thanks!
  5. Wow! That’s great to hear. I’m down about 20%...but the Oreillys store in m town (not by my shop) was only down 15% last week for his professional sales. He said it’s really come back nicely. So we have Minnesota and Texas that are 80-85% of normal. Anyone else want to report? Is the rest of the country coming back too?
  6. Nice. It seems we are seeing a trend. I went ahead and dumped some dough into marketing last week because it seems like it’s picking up. It’s good to see confirmation of that. I know we had one day last week where the phone wouldn’t stop ringing. Still down, but picking up a bit.
  7. Thanks dfrisby. Good to hear northern MN is picking up too. We are 4 for 4 on shops that saw an uptick last week. Anyone else seeing this? It appears to be happening across the country. I still think we need a few other to chime in before we run with the results as being a trend.
  8. To summarize we have an uptick in Minnesota, an uptick in Texas and an uptick in New York city. It's slight and a bit early but there seems to be a a pattern developing. Can anyone else comment on what whether they've seen an uptick in the last week or so? It would be nice to have a few other data inputs.
  9. I sold a set of aftermarket wheels and tires to a customer yesterday. When I picked the wheels up the warehouse loading dock was packed. I've never seen it so full in the past 3 years. There were 3 other customers at the dock waiting to pick up wheels, which I've never seen before. Usually it's just me, or maybe one guy waiting for me to leave the dock. All of the sales staff was on the phone at the same time and I had to wait in line which has never happened to me before. Typically, there are at least 2 guys that I can stroll up to and chat with. When I walked into the warehouse to pick up my wheels, I talked to the warehouse staff and they said this week it is back to normal. Is anyone else seeing an uptick yet? We should start reporting upticks on this thread so that we can see how it spreads across the nation. That way we can be prepared to bring staff back asap and get our marketing rolling again. I know it takes 2 weeks between when I order postcards and they land. Let's help each other get ahead of this thing.
  10. Thanks for the answers. I am an experienced shop owner looking to start another location. Area is 100k+ people with $110k average income. It's a unique circumstance but I need to get to 150 cars at $350 ARO starting from 0. So, I need to know if this is possible, and if anyone has done that....how long did it take them and how did they do it?
  11. Any of you out there care to share your car counts from starting a shop from zero? How many months did it take to get to 150 cars and how did you market to get it there?
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  13. I have one...are you referring to the air line that attaches to the turn table? I can snap a picture but I'm not sure what you need a picture of.
  14. Here's how I think about it...would you put cheap Chinese parts on a customer's car? No. You install quality parts because they are better for the customer. Same here. Quality equipment doesn't break as frequently, is faster to fix when it does break and often is faster and easier to use due to its superior engineering. You are not just buying equipment. You are buying reliability, service and functionality. How much reliability do you want? Well, it's going to cost more for more reliability. Hope that helps! I know it's served me well thinking about it that way.


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