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Old and Tired

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Old and Tired last won the day on May 21 2020

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  • Business Name
    Rational Auto Repair
  • Business Address
    12129 Roxie Dr., Austin, Texas, 78729
  • Type of Business
    Auto Repair
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    Shop Owner
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  1. I make about 200k a year in my small shop even though it's 5k Sq ft. Half of that is rent that I pay myself. A broker who says he specializes in auto repair said I'd be lucky to get 150k for the business and a buyer would insist on purchasing the property on top of that. The guy never even looked in the shop just wanted to see my tax return. Does that seem right? I just laughed because why would I sell a good business for 1.5 what I make yearly?
  2. I raised ours $23/hr 4 months ago and gave the techs an $8 an hour raise. I think I was late to the party adjusting prices but we've gone up $50 an hour over the last year and a half. Customers haven't even noticed unless they are price shopping and those people will always find something cheaper anyway.
  3. This is the first time in 33 years that I didn't get one single applicant. Not even the usual unqualified people are trying.
  4. Same. We've had almost zero problems with worldpac batteries.
  5. 2 lifts per tech plus 1 flat, 1 alignment pit and 1 drive on lift shared.
  6. Every bay in my shop is no different than a machine in a factory making whatever they make. I need that machine running to make living. That's why I bought the machine. What happens when the customer supplied part is wrong or defective? Now my machine is shut down while I wait for him to get off work, find the time to ship it back and get a new one delivered plus spend time helping him negotiate who's fault the problem was? Who's going to pay me for the lost income while my machine is shut down? The cheap customer?
  7. Okay. Mine is through my bank. Amex is the same rate as Visa mc and the money is there the next day. When I figure out the percentage each month it's about 2 to 2.2 percent. Sometime a little lower so I guess I'm in the ballpark. I've given myself the nickname Pay-the-most-Paul because I've been too trusting. Now I'm paranoid Paul.
  8. I sure wish you would share the names of these companies. The bottom line after every fee adds up to a little over 2% for me. I tried changing but always get lied to. One guy even forged my name on a document and I had to turn him in to the state attorney general to get out of it. If your total fees are less than 1% then I'm all ears. That's alot of money.
  9. I just say here, let me take care of it and use the app myself.
  10. We use Uber all time. $5 or $10 is a whole lot better than an extra employee, car, insurance, gas.....
  11. Do it right with quality parts but mainly if something is going to go wrong it will happen a lot sooner than 2 or 3 years after the repair but it's good peace of mind for the customer
  12. Cintas that will nickle and dime you to death. You'll have a 5 year contract that only benefits them plus the drivers get incentives to get you to sign a new contract so theyll tell you that you need a new 5 year contract every year or 2. I bought a washer and drier, order very nice embroidered shirts and dickies pants, ordered red rags that cost less to use once than Cintas charged for their smelly, oily rags with holes in them. You only need to order 5 set of clothes since you just wash them at the shop, everyone looks and feels more professional and I'm saving 400 to 500 a month.
  13. Have you ever called your own phone just to make sure it's working? I laugh because even the robo calling telemarketers dont call during those times. Its erie.


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