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    731 Meadow Wood Drive, Draper, Utah, 84020
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    We are a transmission technology company that specializes in factory original replacement transmissions for late model vehicles that save our customers money.

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  1. First, we are a transmission repair facility and nothing else. No GR. What's your definition of your customers saying your prices are too high? Is it when they say "No" when trying to sell a job or, when they vocal with you and tell you straight up? I'll assume it's the latter. I choose to ignore price complaints because they are simply irrelevant for the most part. Transmission prices are all over the map. -HOWEVER- I worked hard to keep tabs on my costs. Everything is changing, and at a faster rate. Every single time I calculate our costs, it has gone up. Never fails
  2. I don't think I can speak intelligently about which scanner to use because I have only known a couple scanners in my 45-year career. Virtually all my scanners over the years at the shop has been Snap-On. More recently I have been using the BlueDriver sold on Amazon. It's a little more than $100 bucks and does everything I need in retirement at home and on the side. The best feature I love with the BlueDriver scanner is that you can lookup fault code history on Identifix. It works with both iOS and Android phones/tablets.-->>BlueDriver Scanner At Amazon BTW, it's rated at 4.7-stars
  3. It would be Snap-On if I could only have one. I also like BlueDriver because it not only can do it all, but it has links built-in to the IdentiFix database for free. This would be for either a shop add-on or one to keep at home.
  4. I always say there's nothing like reviving an old topic. 🙂 Yes, phone technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 5 or 6 years. I use RingCentral for my phone and Convirza for call tracking. RingCentral costs me about $75/mo. for 3 numbeers. Convirza call tracking depends on how large you want your pool of phone numbers. I was in a 6-shop chain and our phone pool was $500/mo. for 100 phone numbers. It's too long of a story to try to fully explain how call tracking works. Let it suffice to say it tells you the source (ad, radio, website, Google, Yelp, etc.) of the call as w
  5. We did our shop floor ourselves before we ever moved into the building. We did 6 bays, approximately 3,000 sq.ft. with 6 gallons (three 2-gallon kits) of Rustoleum floor epoxy. Each kit comes with a bag of 2-color flakes to sprinkle on the epoxy and gives an anti-slip surface. Back when we did the floor, the kits were only $99 each, but now they are $163.02 per kit. It would take about $500 to do it today. It lasts for 5 years, then the area under vehicles when on the lift begins to chip. We didn't have to redo the whole floor, only the lift areas. We are a transmission shop and the
  6. Autosave of Pensacola, I had a very similar situation arise when I was 58. Long story made short, I invested the $850K and went for it. I retired in 2020 at 65 and sold the building/property for $2.8M. You could do something similar. Shop & 1 Acre Sells For $2.8M
  7. Matthew, There's actually 2 places you can get the information. One is from the U.S. Economic Census, and they are absolutely free. However, they have a convoluted website (of course, it's the federal government) that give you the same data in spreadsheet form. However, they don't have an interactive map; just spreadsheet form only. They are at https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/economic-census/data/tables.html The interactive map comes from Cubit Planning in Austin, Texas. Talk you Kristen at https://www.cubitplanning.com/ and tell her I sent you. Now you can mail me $100 buck
  8. We've had great success with Google Pay-Per-Click advertising. We geo-target a 5 mile radius around our shop. In addition, we also hit higher income zip codes outside of the 5-mile radius. How do we know which zip codes have higher income? We buy an interactive demographic map for $125. Here's how that works.___>> https://youtu.be/rLSe0_Yh4I0 2:26
  9. Expensive rent is the cheapest advertising money can buy. Follow the Sound of &nbsp;Bulldozers and the Smell of Fresh Paint <--Print article http://goodies.wizardacademypress.com/MMM080804-SoundOfBulldozers.mp3 <--Audio version.
  10. I have $1.2M fully-equipped transmission shop looking for somebody to buy for very little in SLC, Utah. Willing to relocate? I own the property as well. I would be your landlord. https://youtu.be/tT6rNNI4Gdg 801-885-2227
  11. I started using video to sell jobs back in 2008 when YouTube was new. I Email a .pdf estimate along with a sales video link to YouTube. In the video, I address the customer directly, show their vehicle & license plate. We only do transmissions and in the video, I tell my customer: What failed. What we're going to do to fix it. What we're going to do to keep it from happening again. Our close ratio went from 65% to 95% virtually overnight, no matter who the service writer is. Our YouTube channel now has over 2,200 sales videos on it. Check it out at https
  12. I typed my above post in WordPad and copied and pasted it to the forum. After Alex's response, I went back and looked to see what he wrote and I noticed the entire opening paragraph was not included. 😞 Sorry for my mistake. I noticed I can't go back an edit it like I did before, either. I'm guessing there's some sort of timer mechanism in play. Here's the preface to above mentioned post: ============================================== Great topic for us baby boomers. I've already exited but I thought I would share what I learned from the process. I'm not purporting to follow m
  13. Great topic for us baby boomers. I've already exited but I thought I would share what I learned from the process. I'm not purporting to follow my experience, but do take away whatever lessons that may apply to your unique situation. I need to preface this by saying I sold our transmission repair specialty shop. We did only clutches, transmissions (auto & stick), differentials, transfer cases, and drivelines. 85% of our work was automatic transmissions. Our building looks much bigger than it really is. It has a very small shop space of only 3K sq. ft. w/ 4 lifts sitting on a fu
  14. I'm sorry I'm late coming to the party. Some people will withhold information and that speaks volumes about the sad state of our industry. I don't rely opinions; you know what they say about those. My recommendation is to call Kristin Carney at Cubit Planning in Austin, TX. She has an El Cheapo radius report for only $49 bucks that will give you all the demographics in a 1-mile, 3-mile, & 5-mile radius of the shop address you give her. If you're not happy with it, she offers a money-back guarantee. I'm an expert at picking shop locations. I can do it for you or if you want to DIY,

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