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  1. There was a Mobile Fleet Service business started up here with the golfer Brian Tennyson as an investor. It lasted about 7 years but eventually went belly up. The service trucks they had were about $80,000 per truck counted the truck and equipment. One of the problems with the Mobile is finding reliable help who doesn't milk the clock. They can waste so much time driving for parts and loafing that it ain't funny. Pep Boy locally cannot keep enough help to service the stuff coming into them. They send a lot of stuff to us.
  2. We do not pay for any yellow pages advertising. We paid listing up until last year. It is no longer of any real value. No one under the age of 70 uses it any more. I throw them in the trash when they are delivered. In the last year I have only been asked by a customer 1-2 times that I can remember if I had a phone book.
  3. Would you believe that we removed this from a tire this week. The wrench end was inside the tire and the broke end was sticking out.
  4. Gonzo I hired one of those clowns. He was sent packing after 3 days. What a joke.
  5. I think Interstate Batteries have had quality issues. Don't know if they still do but they did when we were stocking them. The biggest problem locally was the Interstate Dealer did not take care of warranty issues and the prorates were outrageous. I had to eat batteries that were bad that they said were good and that we tested with their tester. I also had customers get mad at our shop because the Interstate prorates were calculated on Interstate list which was an outrageous price that no one sold for. Often I could sell a new battery cheaper than the prorate. I love selling NAPA batteries. They let me do what I need to do. Warranties are a breeze.
  6. Since it is Sunday and I am on my way to church I thought you might enjoy a religious story: Here is the lost paragraph in GENESIS.... So God asked Adam, "What is wrong with you?" Adam said he didn't have anyone to talk to. God said that he was going to make Adam a companion and that it would be a woman. God said, "This person will gather food for you, and when you discover clothing she'll wash it for you. She will always agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will not nag you and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement. She will never have a headache and will freely give you love and passion when ever you need it." Adam asked God, "What will a woman like this cost?" God replied, "An arm and a leg." Then Adam asked, "What can I get for a rib?" And the rest is history.
  7. xrac

    Joke of the Day

    A young guy from North Carolina moves to Florida and goes to a big "everything under one roof" department store looking for a job. The Manager says, "Do you have any sales experience?" The kid says "Yeah. I was a vacuum salesman back in North Carolina." Well, the boss was unsure, but he liked the kid and figured he'd give him a shot, so he gave him the job. "You start tomorrow. I'll come down after we close and see how you did." His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down to the sales floor. "How many customers bought something from you today?" The kid frowns and looks at the floor and mutters, "One". The boss says "Just one?!!? Our sales people average sales to 20 to 30 customers a day. That will have to change, and soon, if you'd like to continue your employment here. We have very strict standards for our sales force here in Florida. One sale a day might have been acceptable in North Carolina, but you're not in the mountains anymore, son." The kid took his beating, but continued to look at his shoes, so the boss felt kinda bad for chewing him out on his first day. He asked (semi-sarcastically), "So, how much was your one sale for?"The kid looks up at his boss and says "$101,237.65". The boss, astonished, says $101,237.65?!? What the heck did you sell?" The kid says, "Well, first, I sold him some new fish hooks. Then I sold him a new fishing rod to go with his new hooks. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin engine Chris Craft. Then he said he didn't think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4x4 Expedition." The boss said "A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat and a TRUCK!?" The kid said "No, the guy came in here to buy tampons for his wife, and I said, 'Dude, your weekend's shot, you should go fishing ! ► l
  8. Gonzo, we put a fuel pump in a car and about a month latter it was towed back in for what they said was the same problem. It was a long tow that cost about $150 which was billed to our shop. Guess what, nothing wrong with the fuel pump. It was out of gas. They paid the tow bill and we didn’t charge anything for looking at it. 🤪
  9. Don’t you just love the Geek who has researched everything on YouTube and has a solution all figured out. They go into great detail and the whole time you know it has nothing to do with what they have going on.
  10. One tool that I have found to be very useful is a Power train lift. I bought a used one at an on line bankruptcy auction more or less not knowing it's capabilities or usefulness. The one I purchased is a Norco USA Made 1,250 lbs. Power Train Lift which sells for about $2,500. I purchased it for about $400 and also purchased a new caster set for it. This tool makes it much easier to handle engines which have to be removed from the bottom. It is much safer than transmission jacks and jack stands. It is also very handy for transmissions, gasoline tanks, transfer cases, etc. or basically anything where there is significant weight. We now no longer have to empty a gas tank to drop it diwn. It turns some jobs into one man jobs instead of two or three men jobs. This lift makes the work safer, faster, and cuts down man power needs. Knowing what I know now I would have purchased one a long time ago.
  11. That is a great analogy. I will definitely be using this.
  12. Some of the 100k tires are lucky to get 50k.
  13. Goodyear Tires definitely will not last 8 years. Some will not last 6 years.
  14. Gonzo we had a zombie car. As I recall it was something like an 89 Jeep Cherokee stick shift. It needed an ECM and there must have not been very many 5 speed stick shifts made. This ECM was model year and manual shift specific. It was a no go zombie.
  15. Everybody knows that. Autozone has done diagnosed it for me.
  16. Shade tree mechanics and the Autozones of the world have made this difficult. Technology has outstripped the public's knowledge and created a gap between what they think we do and what actually has to be done
  17. Good News as far as I am concerned. This approach isn’t good for the consumer or our shops. Imagine doctors bidding on medical procedures.
  18. I would add that while you have beautiful photographs I find the print too small and too light colored. This could make it hard to read for some people. There is no place on the opening page to click to find your services or to book an appointment. I think it is hard to get a customer beyond your front page and they need something fast and easy to move forward. If we take them to too many pages to do anything we will lose them. I think a customer should be able to book an appointment or call us from the front page. Just my two cents that is worth one cent.
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