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Handson

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About Handson

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    Auto Repair
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    Shop Owner
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    ASE

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  1. Handson

    Credit cards

    I use Royal merchant services. They are local to me here in colorado. Think I am 1.35 +.
  2. Handson

    Check Out Kukui?

    I left Kukui. My experience was I was paying 300 a month for access to thier google experts in India and 300 a month for access to their CRM software. Any more I paid went directly to goggle adwords. Things may have improved since I left, but when I was with them this is what I experienced. When you call into your rep, they take all of your info down then relay it to the website designers and google interface people. Things were getting lost in translation for me and I got to a point where I just wanted to talk directly to the designer. Also they tried to tell me at one point that google did not offer a click to call campaign through adwords. As long as you realize what you are paying for I think they are great. Just realize that they are interfacing several other companies for you and using a littlw bit of proprietary software. They do focus most of your new customer acquisition through google adwords. You can call google and they will work you through doing this on your own. Google will also help you set up google analytics and a tracking phone number. Comparing Kukui you a repair shop is a good analogy. If you can not fix your own car you take ot to a repair shop. If you do not know how to do internets you go to kukui. You probably know the dage a lazy mechanic can do to a car, imagine if you get a lazy programmer that handles your kukui acount. Those of you with Kukui watch the numbers closely. Kukui claimed responisbility for new customer acquisition when it was people who were already my regulars. They do not remove thenpeople who are already in ypur database from the numbers they show you as revenue generated. Also they are pretty poor with google adwords. They play games with the numbers to make themselves look good and focus on more expensive google adwords campaigns to make their website look better. My bottom line point is, you could des8gn a website with wordpress, and use 600 a month directly on adwords and generate twice the number of calls the kukui will generate, but you would have to learn how to do all that, or you can throw money at the problem and make it seem to go away. Either way works as long as you relaize what your getting.
  3. Handson

    Where is everyone?

    Trealubit nailed it. You need to advertise in October and November for December. Marketing should be proactive not reactive.
  4. We use alldata. I looked at mitchel at a friends shop and found the 8nterface cumbersome and confusing. Alldata is simple to use, i train my guys for 15 minutes and they can write simple RO's. Alldata repair is complete and can request information through e mail fast. I have not tried the onljne version of their management program. I do not like the idea of having my sales and customer info in the cloud and reliant on an internet connection. I suggest alldata manage dvd version with the online repair info. They now have a tablet version too but i have not bothered yet.
  5. Handson

    Christmas bonuses

    Lead tech gets $500. This year a dealer I worked with offered him $25 a week for the ten weeks leading up to christmas if he busted but and I offered to match it so he is getting 1k. 300 to my c tech who started in october and 200 to my c tech that just started. Dont forvet yourselves. 1k to me 300 to the wife. Just enough as a bundle to wipe out the remaining corporate profit this year.
  6. Handson

    Kukui

    That does help. I have changed the title, it may take time to update. Can you give me some insight on Schema? I was using wordpress, my current developer steared me to wix. What do you suggest as a platform?
  7. For a second I thought what market is he in that labor fees cover all expenses, now I realize he is not in any.
  8. Handson

    Kukui

    Thank you Matthew, that is a lot of great information for free. I am gokng tobget to work implementing most of this as soon as I can. How does one go about makeing multiple home pages, like once the pages are made how do you link them to your domain, do you need multiple domaims?
  9. Handson

    Kukui

    I did a contract term with kukui. I Left them because their google adwords "experts" did not know you could do a click to call campaign with adwords. They are just a front for programmers in India. Find someone local to you who does this for a living. Most of us are not huge corporation's so why not shop small for your seo too. I now have a page designed by a local girl and I can log in and modify it myself on the fly and I own it and do not have to pay her each month. There are also more affordable options for e mail contacts. I now use the monthly fee I was giving to Kukui to directly buy more adwords hits.
  10. Handson

    Anyone web order parts regularly?

    Im tempted to try this time to time but my vendors give me great prices and I can mark up to dealer list and make my percentages so thee is no incentive for me.
  11. Please tell me you carry liability and workmans comp, nothing pisses me off more then someone undercutting legit shops by not being licensed and insured. I think you should have to submit an EIN and proof of garage keepers insurance to be a member on this site, unless it is becoming how to become an auto shop owner instead of autoshop owner. I would like to know this other forum that was mentioned if you can PM me please.
  12. Learning to charge enough, realizing there is no way in hell a small shop can compete with the franchises on price.
  13. Wow I really thank you for such an honest reply. There is no doubt that business ownership is not for everyone. There are times that I question my own sanity, but I love owning my shop more then working on cars and more then my hobbies so I know it is right for me. I hope that you have found happiness after the fact. If you got yourself an account with factory motor parts to get your own personal parts you may get better support then you do from Rock Auto. Also keep in mind that a factory puts out varying levels of quality of the same part. Some venders get the parts that pass Q/A 100% and others get the "scratch and dent" units.
  14. Wow I really thank you for such an honest reply. There is no doubt that business ownership is not for everyone. There are times that I question my own sanity, but I love owning my shop more then working on cars and more then my hobbies so I know it is right for me. I hope that you have found happiness after the fact. If you got yourself an account with factory motor parts to get your own personal parts you may get better support then you do from Rock Auto. Also keep in mind that a factory puts out varying levels of quality of the same part. Some venders get the parts that pass Q/A 100% and others get the "scratch and dent" units.
  15. Handson

    Shop/Technician licensing

    Requireing licensing will only add another fee that we have to pay. I have some of my ASE's so I am not against them and have no problem taking the tests. When I was first starting out we had a guy start at the shop I was working at. He was clean and well spoken. He had a huge snap on box loaded with all the snap on tools all shiney new. He had a diploma from an automotive tech school. He had several ASE's at the time. He could not fix a damn thing. Anyone can study and pass a test.. ANYONE. If you think mandatory licensing is going to eliminate shitty techs you are wrong. It would make the good ones who do not like testing pick a different career field.


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