Joe Marconi

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About Joe Marconi

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  • Birthday 03/15/1955

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    Osceola Garage
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    Auto Repair
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    Shop Owner
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    44 Route 118
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    Baldwin Place
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    New York
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  1. To all the fathers out there, Happy Father's Day. Enjoy the day, your family, your friends and life! Joe
  2. Nice to see Gonzo up and about!
  3. Well, step one is over. Now the recovery. Let's continue to pray for a speedy recovery.
  4. Gonzo, my thoughts and prayers are with you. But you are one tough Marine! There's a lot of fight in you. Get well soon.
  5. No wonder nothing gets done in the country when the government gets involved!
  6. Great question! The strategy of using a discounted Oil change to draw in customers does work for many. For others, it does not. Different shops have different business models. Not to over-simplify this, but take Starbucks. They would never lead with a cheap cup of coffee. They know their customer base and know what they will spend. There are shops that may not want to fill their bays with discounted Oil Changes; it would hurt production. In addition, it depends on your marketing strategy, demographics and what type of business you are running. Another example: if you target hi-end luxury cars, there may not be any need to promote a discounted oil change. Again, great discussion.
  7. Right on target! I applaud you! All the shops should take this attitude. I have stood up to insurance companies and extended warranty companies for years. I will never sell myself short.
  8. All time classic Gonzo! Proud to read it and proud to be an American. Since I read this article a few years back, I can no longer look at the car KIA anymore without stopping and thinking what KIA stands for. I have shared this with my crew, and when they too realized what KIA stands for, they stood in silence. Thanks Gonzo.
  9. Sometimes in business, there are a lot of gray areas. Auto repair is not an exact science, and we can't always pick from a menu like a cashier at a McDonalds. The other day a customer came in complaining of a driveline noise. We have a standard charge for the test package to determine the problem. Half-way thru the testing the Service Advisor stopped the tech. It dawned on him that the car was a year old with 13,000 miles on it. We advised the customer seek warranty and did not charge her. Now, if the customer requested us to complete the testing after we informed her about her dealer warranty, I would have charged, Whether she did the repair with us or not. In business you must look at your overall gross profit and net profit; are your making enough? If not, the holes in your business are probably not those little gray areas.
  10. My question is, Why would the customer decline the repair and not have the bulb working? It's a state inspection, and now the car fails? It's a socket and bulb, not 4 tires and brakes? Have you had prior history with the customer? How was job sold?
  11. Tracking expenses and keeping expenses in line is key to the bottom line profit. Remember, gross profit pays expenses and what's left over is net profit...the bottom line. To truly understand what your budget should be takes an understanding of the Profit/Loss statement. But, I hesitate to go into detail, only because there are so many key performance numbers to consider, (labor profit, part profit, sublet profit, etc.) and also you need to look at your debt; which is not on your P/L, but on your balance sheet. I am not here to pitch what I do for Elite, and never have, so don't think I am trying to sell anything....but I spend an entire day teaching all this at Fly with the Eagles Course. I only tell you this, because it may be difficult to explain in a post. One very good thing, you are asking the right questions! And you absolutely should have a written budget. Speak to your accountant too.
  12. We reached out to Friends of Karen and the Putnam Resource Center. They chose the families. The Event started at 1pm and ended around 6pm. All the families were there, and they brought friends too. They were patient and enjoyed the day. In addition to food, we had games for the kids.
  13. Thanks Suzanne for adding to this post. And thank you for all the help you gave us. If anyone is interested in Family Service Day, please give Suzanne a call.
  14. There is a fee to Join the organization (Please contact Family Service Day for that info), plus you have to market the event. I managed to get local businesses to become sponsors, and my local parts supplier Central Auto (An independent part house, not a major chain) supplied the parts. BG donated chemicals and tires were at a deep discount from my supplier Max Finkelstein Tire. Local radio stations gave me free ad spots. And local newspapers also gave me free ad space. I did hire a professional photographer, created flyers, and paid for various press-releases. When I approached the local restaurants and deli, they donated the food and water at no charge. And I did have to pay for the live radio DJ. I asked my staff for volunteers and everyone in the shop donated their time without pay. My upfront costs totaled nearly $3,000, but I got most of that back with business sponsorship. So it really did not cost me much, roughly a few hundred dollars out of pocket. I did open a separate bank account to keep everything separate. Please note, I went overboard with the event. The plan is designed to get local businesses to sponsor the event, so that your costs are minimal. One thing to consider, it is a lot work to put on this event, or any event. I would strongly recommend getting someone or a team to help that can dedicate time to the event. I was fortunate to have my marketing agent take care of most of the details. The people from Family Service Day will help you with the process also. The most you will invest is time, but what you get back is priceless.
  15. Here's an update on our Family Service Day event, held on May 6th. I have gotten numerous calls from people in the community and other repair shops, thanking me and my staff. There were people that I have never met, that picked up the phone to tell me that they heard of the event and they think it's amazing. We were written up in the local newspapers and on the local TV news station. I even had a first-time customer bring their car in with a water pump leak, shook my hand to tell me that I just gained a customer because of Family Service Day. We are involved with Family Service day not for any profit and not for any fame or glory. The concept of Family Service Day is in line with my culture and the culture of my company. The feeling you get helping people is something money can’t buy. My friend John said it best, “You know Joe, if everyone was involved with organizations like Family Service Day, the world would be a much better place.”