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    GenX Auto Works
  • Type of Business
    Auto Repair
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    Shop Owner
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  1. Thanks everyone for the replies. I will keep at it and use all my resources. I will let everyone know how I will proceed. After I thought about it, I just put it in the "one to grow on" category and will use it to help others when I have found my way. Thanks again
  2. OK, so a little update. I went to pitch my plan yesterday at the local small business administration. The guy threw my plan to the side without looking at it. He then told me a 30 minute story about how he worked the oil fields in the 50's, and how he is not "familiar" with the internet. Bottom line is, it was a complete waste of time. I understand most of the "counselors" there are likely volunteers, but holy cow they could not have been any less helpful. I went in with all my questions written down and a professional looking business plan that I worked on for ages and I received no feed back at all. It was a bit discouraging, being I had made the appointment weeks ago, and had been looking forward to moving one step closer. Oh well, I will get back to work at it and see what I can do from here.
  3. Joe, thanks so much for the reply and the great advice. I go to the local business administration on Wednesday for them to review my phase 1 plan. Once I know the tweaks I need to make I will take it to the proper people for help (business lawyer, accountant, consultant, so on) for phase 2. I am encouraged that you are having luck with used car sales and I wish you great success. The laws in my area are tough for selling cars, but if it was easy everyone would do it. The market I'm trying to fill, currently is not being addressed. I would like to use this as a way to give myself just one more avenue to success while filling a need in the community. I will do my best to get the right staff in place so I don't have to be everything to everyone and I can focus on the business side. Thanks again, I will keep everyone updated as I proceed.
  4. Yeah, I think you are right about the partner thing. If I can do it on my own I will. Our market is at just over 40,000 but the surrounding area is much larger. The town I live in is growing rapidly, and the services I will provide are currently hard to find. I may reduce to 4-6 bays then and leave room for expansion. Thanks again you guys! A few more questions ... 1. If there was one employee/ duty position you could not live without, what would it be? 2. What do you do about building and grounds maintenance? 3. Besides lifts, compressors and all the normal stuff, are there any "must have" tools that someone might not think of when starting out?
  5. Thank you very much for your answer. Very good advice. I am in the process of working out the kinks for the sales lot. I will likely get my dealers licence and do that piece myself. If I have to start smaller, I will. I'm hoping to find a way to make the whole thing work, but you know what they say... "hope in one hand and #^$^& in the other and see which fills up first" or something like that You guys are the experts and that is why I am so grateful to have found this site. You guys have been a world of help already. I'm waiting for the day when I can share my experience with others. Oh by the way I'm in WA state. I thought it showed on my profile, sorry about that.
  6. Thanks so much for the answers! On the tool front I suppose like you said, I will get the big stuff and if a need arises I will purchase from there. On the partners, you are right. One of the big things I would like to get away from are bosses. I may narrow it to one or two, just so financing is a little easier with out having to answer to too many people. The wife and I both qualify for loans so we should be able to do this without them. On the positions to hire and my role I was asking from the standpoint of having 8 bays and an admin building. I would like to start with one detailer, two tech in the performance shop, and to in the repair shop. Maybe do time with a desk person fielding call and what not. Not sure what to do about bathrooms and property maintenance type stuff. So much to think about I don't know how you guys did it!
  7. I guess I will check back tomorrow. You guys aren't getting rid of me that easy
  8. I checked out your shop website... very nice! Both the site and the shop are awesome.

  9. I will continue to come back and check for replies. Thanks folks!
  10. Trying to put this plan together

  11. Ok folks I need some help. I have been reading a lot here lately but just registered today. You folks are a wealth of information and I would be extremely grateful for any help. Warning, this is a bit long-winded! Let me give you a quick background on me, then what I am trying to do, and where I am at with the process. I am 37 years old and have had a dream of opening a hot rod shop for about 30 years. I have wrenched on cars for most of my life off and on, building several cars over the years including a 70 mach1, 67 cougar, 85 camaro, and others. Working on cars has always been just a passion, nothing I really made money with, nor do I consider myself a true mechanic. I did ten years in the Army as infantrymen and two tours to Iraq. Since being home and out of the Army I have worked as an Army contractor where I teach soldiers how to use the computer systems they will use in combat. My education includes an understanding of accounting, business law and ton of information technology. Leadership wise I was a team leader, squad leader, platoon sergeant, and battle NCO in the Army so I think I have the leadership stuff covered. As for financing I have gathered 10 investors that are very interested in the idea. My wife and I also have loans available to us as disabled combat veterans. Long story short, it is time to reach for my dreams and make my shop happen. As of now I am in the planning, and data collecting phase. I have a rough draft of my business plan done and I have an appointment with the local small business administration next week. Let me tell you about the proposed business. The business will consist of three buildings in a U shape configuration on around 6 acres of land. The middle building will be for admin and inventory, the two side buildings will consist of four bays each. One side for general repairs, the other building will be a performance and detail shop. These services (performance and detail) are not currently available in the town I live in (population 40,000 and growing rapidly, not including surrounding areas). I feel the market would be huge as there are many gear-heads in the area that have to go two towns away for these services. In the front lot I will offer 3-5 cars for sale that I will market to parents who want a safe dependable first car for their teen while not spending a lot of money. I will purchase fleet cars at auction, conduct the maintenance and repairs and then resale. I plan to keep around 2 “special” cars for sale on the lots as well. These cars will be sort of a middle class hot rod. The only place to buy any hot rod is 40 miles away and for over $20k. They only carry things like 69 fastbacks and 67 camaros, you get the idea. These cars are not in very good shape and VERY expensive for what you get. I will find and repair cool cars that can be bought and repaired cheap, and then sold as a cool hot rod to those who cannot spend 20K plus on a car that sits in their garage 9 months a year but still want something fun to drive that doesn’t leave a puddle of fluids where they park. Where I am, you can find 70 novas, impalas, monte carlos, and all kinds of neat cars to fix up and sale without breaking the bank. I will need to lease a flat bed for hauling from auction, so I suppose if things get slow I can use the truck for towing as well. Once up and running I would like to experiment with electric hot rods and gas to electric conversions. So now for my questions…. 1. Assuming business is decent, how many employees would it take to run this monster? 2. What positions should I hire? 3. Given my experience what should my role be? 4. What are a must for tools? Hand tools, power tools, lifts, and so on. How many and what? Best way to purchase in bulk? 5. I have no desire to start small, what are the pitfalls of starting this large. 6. Anyone else sale used cars AND fix them? Any advice? These are just a few questions I have, but I don’t want to bombard you too much  Thanks so much for your time and knowledge! Guy, GenX auto works

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