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Old and Tired

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About Old and Tired

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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. Same. We've had almost zero problems with worldpac batteries.
  2. 2 lifts per tech plus 1 flat, 1 alignment pit and 1 drive on lift shared.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. I just say here, let me take care of it and use the app myself.
  7. We use Uber all time. $5 or $10 is a whole lot better than an extra employee, car, insurance, gas.....
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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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  12. So... .what are you guys complaining about a mechanic shortage for? Do you think it's better to be in an industry with an over supply of labor forcing prices down or an industry where you're in demand? I think you should embrace the shortage. A really large computer manufacturer where I live adjusted from making computers to tech services because anyone could buy chips and an operating system and there wasnt any profit in it for them anymore. They went from being unique in the beginning to just another commodity. Now we have the chance to be more in control of our pricing because of the shortage. Dont ignore that. If you're a real pro with quality at the top of your list you're in demand. Realize it and charge for it. You deserve a good living and sometimes smaller is even better. You can purge yourself of the low quality customers while you're shorthanded, charge an amount that's more fair to you and build from there. That's my old and tired perspective. ........
  13. I would let them bring oil and a filter as long as its correct. I had a problem once where a customer asked for something cheap. We did what he wanted trying to please him. When it all went bad the lawyers said it doesnt matter that the customer asked for it. We are the professionals and should have saved him from himself.
  14. I think you should have them let you play boss for a month or two and see how it goes before you buy it. I'm not sure sure about this business or shop but chances are you're going to be in for alot of surprises.


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