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    First landing Autocare
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    2114 Thoroughgood Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23455
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  1. I did used cars for about five years. It helps if you're properly capitalized to own your inventory, otherwise you'll be at the mercy of a floor plan company like NextGear. I used them and never had a problem, but floor plans add a whole new level of complexity to managing your inventory. It's like a chess game - you can't fall in love with a car, thinking you're sure you'll find a buyer at your target price. You have to remember where you are in the wholesale food chain. Dealers get the pick of the used car crop with big outfits like Carmax coming close behind. Hard to compete wit
  2. The ongoing "special session" of the Virginia legislature can best be described as "the inmates are in charge of the asylum." A couple of weeks ago HB5130 was introduced as follows: following the declaration by the Governor of a state of emergency pursuant to § 44-146.17 that includes or is followed by any additional executive order in furtherance of such declaration that includes a stay at home or shelter in place order, employers shall (i) compensate its essential workers at a rate not less than one and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay for any hours worked during the
  3. In the process of switching our two shops from ROwriter to Protractor. Short-term pain for, we hope, long-term gain.
  4. The Virginia Department of Labor and industry has issued a regulation requiring use of masks among staff based on a vaguely defined level of risk, basically described as the ability of employees to stay 6 feet apart during the conduct of business. It's up to each employer to determine what level of risk applies. That sounds great, but they have created a cadre of inspectors to perform inspections with no advanced notice, so it's yet another opportunity for the state to levy fines arbitrarily. The Virginia Automotive Association formally requested an exemption for tire and auto shops citing
  5. The Virginia Inspection process is summarized here, The irony of this thing is that last year we fought and won a battle to have the inspection fee raised from $16 to $20 signed off by the same governor who proposed eliminating the program this year. $20 is pretty meager compensation for a job that takes the tech about 40 minutes per car. Then the service writer has to compile the digital inspection, prepare an estimate and then spend "quality time" with the vehicle's owner. No question it brings in vehicles and gives us a chance to make them lifelong customers. It also makes for a busy f
  6. The Virginia legislature ended its 2020 session last night, wisely voting to keep the annual inspection program. It was touch and go throughout the session with a lot of sentiment for getting rid of the program, a compromise proposal for inspecting every two years and a final vote to leave the program as-is . The Virginia Automotive Association is entirely responsible for saving this program which benefits every citizen living in and passing through Virginia. New proposals will come up next year to eliminate inspections and the battle will begin again.
  7. Thanks for the input, particularly about TX. VAA is using the UT study in our defense effort. Mark
  8. Virginia's Governor in his 2020 budget proposal has included elimination of the state's vehicle safety inspection program. In addition, a state legislator has introduced a bill doing the same. I serve on the board of the Virginia Automotive Association, a group of over 200 independent shops who have banded together to lobby in the interests of our industry. VAA has ponied up a a $25000 increase in the lobbying budget to fight the move. As a shop owner, I have mixed emotions on the subject, but if I were gambling I would bet that the program will go away. On one hand, it's kind of nice th
  9. We have two shops, the larger of which has a three-car bay that has two large window units in the wall. During our current heat wave (90-plus temp and 90-plus humidity) they have kept the work space relatively comfortable. One drawback - the guys set the units to 60 degrees, thinking the lower they set it, the better it will cool. Well, on a hot day they can't bring the bay down to less than about 80, but at night or on the weekend they turn the place into an icebox. We don't work weekends, so I'm not sure what that costs me. It's a training issue. We are all competing for a diminish
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  11. Virginia's Governor Northam signed a bill into law that increases the fee shops can charge for the annual safety inspection from $16 to $20. This was made possible through a lot of hard work and lobbying by the Virginia Automotive Association. You can learn more about VAA at vaauto.org. Done properly, Virginia's inspection process takes about 45 minutes per car, so shops are still running a deficit, but it's a long-awaited improvement.
  12. The VAA convention is being held April 12-14 at The Main in Norfolk Virginia. This is always a great show and includes great speakers, great food, and a big automotive trade show. Everyone is welcome - you don't have to be a member to join in the fun. Visit vaauto.org for details and registration. Join VAA and you get one free registration to the show! 2019 Convention Brochure.pdf
  13. We have used the RAP for about a year and it has eliminated our issues with flash capabilities. The scheduling has not been a problem and they have been pretty accommodating about doing multiple modules when it's necessary. We don't do a bunch of euro, so we haven't hit the wall there yet.
  14. Apart from the VAA's political activism on behalf of our industry, there is also a powerful social aspect to VAA membership. Every year we hold a convention attended by about 400 folks from independent repair shops and vendors all over Virginia. In April of 2015 the convention will once again be held at the Homestead, an amazing resort that is one of our state's treasures. The convention provides an opportunity to obtain training, and inspiration from industry experts and fellow shop owners (and amazing food). There is also a trade show that, in itself, is an amazing social and information

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