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dfrisby

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dfrisby last won the day on July 3 2016

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About dfrisby

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  • Business Address
    31152 Minnesota 65, Pengilly, Minnesota, 55775
  • Type of Business
    Auto Repair
  • Your Current Position
    Shop Owner
  1. I have a customer that is working in terryburg Ohio that is having issues with his Toyota pickup. Hard to diagnose over phone and looking for a shop in the area. Has codes for mass airflow sensor and tranny is acting up. We replaced transmission a few months ago and it's still under warranty. He replaces mass sensor and problem got worse. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  2. dfrisby

    Shop/Technician licensing

    I had one call me awhile back asking for a price to do a fuel pump on a Dodge stratus. The explained that another shop had already diagnosed it. I gave them a quote based on book time and my normal parts margins. I also quoted an hour for diagnostics and explained that I don't rely on other people's diagnostics. Apparently I was. Lower than the other guy cause a couple days later, the car showed up on a hook. The corrosion on the battery terminals was about 4 inches thick. Cleaned terminals and battery prior to testing, and car started right up. No fuel pump needed. Charged an hour and customer was thrilled. Add another loyal customer to the books. Now, I don't have any certs, and neither does my other tech. We push out quality work and I'm sure both of us could pass all the ase tests, but what's the benefit to me besides a patch? Will it make my customers car run better? I've had one ase certified tech work for me since I bought this business, and had to let him go in less than a month. Zero diagnostics ability. To smart to learn because he already had a piece of paper to prove he knew everything. I believe requiring certification or licensing will greatly limit who we have to hire from. On the other hand, requiring a shop to be licensed and subject to inspection would possibly reduce some of the scab shops, while leaving it the owners responsibility to hire qualified techs, certified or not. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  3. dfrisby

    smoke machine

    I have an older snapon smoke machine I got a good used deal on from the snapon truck. Has to blow smoke out a hose. Got mine a year ago and can't believe how often I use it. Intake leaks, exhaust leaks, gas tank leaks on small engine tanks. And of course, evaporated leaks. Could never go back to not having one. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  4. I thought a couple times about having my guys pay for the work clothes, but if $30 a week is gonna kill me, I'm doing something wrong. I charge for shop supplies on every invoice to cover such things. Their uniforms are as much or more a benefit to me as to them in that my shop appears more professional. My guys really appreciate the uniforms, and moral is higher. Worth every penny. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  5. I found the service worthwhile. $10 per week per tech. 11 jeans, 11 shirts, 3 coveralls and 3 jackets each. I can't wash them for that price, and they are under warranty. Rip and they are replaced. My only complaint is that they don't have clothes in my small children's sizes and they don't do socks and underwear. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  6. I just read your other articles, and I think your intent is good. After reading them, I have to strongly recommend getting somebody to proofread them. The AC article is the best, with useful information for the consumer. I'd recommend continuing with articles like that about brakes, cooling system, maintenance, driveline noises and such. Don't create distrust for the industry with negative comments about other shops. Just keep it about the positive things your shop provides. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  7. Sorry, two year old cut me off short. Just make a simple page with actual quotes and statements about your business. Your audience will trust what your customers say about you far more than what you say about you. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  8. I'd recommend some spell check and grammar review first. Second, any shop can tell you how good and honest they are. I think you would have better results not talking down other shops and just focusing on your shops principals. By talking down about other shops in area, and telling how great your shop is, my first instinct is to be suspicious. You have 1 "customer review" and because it's also written in improper English, just as the rest of the page, I suspect that the author is one and the same. As a consumer, I'd see this page as one giant red flag and take my work elsewhere. Just make a page for customers r Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  9. The transition to baymaster was easy, and tech support is top of the line. Still recommend giving them a try. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  10. That's not a bad plan.... with 350 down and the rest on payments. I'm not a bank, and don't want to be. I can turn that same 350 into 900 in weeks vs. Months. On the other hand, if you are in the position of having sufficient cash on hand laying around doing nothing for you, then being a bank might make sense for you. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  11. And this is exactly why I think computer driven cars are a bad idea. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  12. I buy most of my parts through oreillys. I'm 20 miles west of one store and 20 miles east of the other. Both stores deliver to me. Many of the employees there have become good friends, and my part time service writer is an assistant mngr at one of those stores. I get great service from them. I like the fact that they deal with a lot of the diy crowd. Once they get over their head, the guys at the store usually refer them to me. I'd say 10 to 15 percent of my new customers this year are referrals from oreillys. I'll take that kind of advertising any day. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  13. dfrisby

    LOANER CAR REPAIR

    Who owns the loaner cars? If the company owns the cars, why Mark up the parts or labor? My techs are flat rate. If book time is 5 hours on a company vehicle, they get their normal flat rate at 5 hours. Say that flat rate is $30 an hour. Tech gets 150. If the company owns the vehicle, why Mark up parts at all and what's the benefit to adjusting the shop rate? I understand your techs are hourly plus 5%, are you trying to save on the commission? Is your tech worth less working on your vehicles than your customers vehicles? In my opinion, it's hard to find good techs. I'd be leaving a company quick if I found they were trying to figure out ways to decrease my pay. I pay them well and do everything I can to help them make more. I want them happy to have this job, and will absorb a few costs to keep them. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
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    LOANER CAR REPAIR

    Whether it's in house repairs or for a paying customer, the tech should get paid the same. Unless the tech owns the business, why would it be fair any other way? If service writer is performing the job of service writing for this job, they should get paid the same as any other job. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  15. Had a customer call me yesterday wanting free diagnostics. Told him there's no such thing. He mentioned oreillys, who just "loans" a code reader to the customer to pull their own codes. Told him to get his free diagnostics there then, and since you won't pay me for diagnostics, go ahead and have them perform the repair as well. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk


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