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Mike the Mechanic

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    387 16th Street North, Saint Petersburg, Florida, 33705
  • Type of Business
    Auto Repair
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    Shop Owner
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    ASE Master Tech, L1 Certified. Bosch Authorized Service. ATI graduate.

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  1. Mike the Mechanic

    New Employees Needed

    This is the most recent add that we put up on a number of locations. It was effective for me: Regards, Mike Import repair Technician well versed in diagnostics. Company Type: Independent Repair Service Start Date: Immediate Posted by: Michael Moench Technician would be responsible for inspecting, diagnosing and estimating repairs while working with a top notch service manager. Technician would be trained on all shop diagnostic equipment. Training and continuing education from multiple sources is available and is paid for by employer. $18 to $30 per hour plus benefits. Vacation pay plus shared health care. We believe in hiring the right talent and letting them make their money! Tired of working someplace where you're just a number? We are a family owned and operated shop that's looking for you! We are looking for an experienced Technician who wants an environment where they can be the professional that they are. Pay is based on experience and ability. Great opportunities for all Techs and we are e$pecially interested if YOU have European and Asian import experience. Why else consider J B Import Automotive Repair? How about: 5 day work week NO Saturdays or Sundays; our Techs make great pay without cutting into family or personal time Modern shop Well-maintained equipment Plenty of room and lifts for our Techs Bright well maintained work areas All the latest software and computer terminals in our shop Professional Service Advisors who respect our Techs Our customers trust our shop so we always have plenty of good business for our Techs year-round *Even if YOU have never worked in an independent shop, we invite you to talk to us to find out more about our shop, our work and our area! *Techs, retail warranty work here. Get paid fairly on EVERY job! *Submit YOUR resume with confidence that all contacts with us are completely confidential. Do it TODAY! Our benefits include: Health Insurance Disability Coverage Paid Vacation Paid Holidays Provided Uniforms Continued Paid Training
  2. Mike the Mechanic

    Mental Health/Depression

    Let me begin by saying that I have been in similar circumstances myself. Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. I have met a lot of shop owners that have been in similar states of mind. Doctors have told me that depression is often repressed anger. For me I was working as hard as I could expecting things to change and improve. As the saying goes "doing the same thing over and over and expecting change is the definition of insanity". My suggestion: Visit your Doctor and make sure you are physically OK. If your business is crushing you there are a number of automotive business coaching firms that will help you identify whats wrong. They can provide immediate help. I have learned that the automotive repair business has little to do with fixing cars. Managing your business is a different skill set than fixing cars. Keep us posted on your situation. Regards Mike
  3. Mike the Mechanic

    Are you using our chat rooms, please vote

    I will put it on my calendar to remind me. There is always something to discuss in the Automotive world. I have a hard time remembering on Sunday evening. Usually watching some football/TV I do not even care about.
  4. Greetings, I would advise hiring a Master Tech on a flat rate / bonus plan. I will never go back to the hourly plan with Techs. You will be occupied writing service and being the parts man. You are then free to do the smaller jobs as well as the shop owner tasks. A good tech will find legitimate work on every car he works on. Implement an inspection system / sheet on every car. Employee job description and procedures are a necessary thing as well. It sounds like you have put considerable thought into the process. I have worked with ATI for a number of years now and I have found it very beneficial for me and my business. Mike
  5. Good article Gonzo. I have noticed that some of the manufacturers are quoting warranty / repair time in "units", not hours. A unit is an unspecified block of time. Some mechanics are faster than others so the block of time which is based on 1/10 hour is variable unit. What we sell are labor and parts. It is the bottom line that is important. Sometimes shoppers completely miss this idea. Mike
  6. Rambiss, It sounds like there is opportunity to improve everything in this shop a great deal. It sounds like the current owner has lost his fire. I am curious as to your background. Have you been in the auto repair industry? I did not see your previous post. When I purchased my shop I had been the service manager for 10 years. The transition was so smooth the client base did not know that ownership had changed. The first thing we did was clean up and get rid of all the old clutter, junk engines, old dead inventory, old obsolete equipment. We spruced up the image by painting, cleaning and installing a computer system. The techs were happy and were enthusiastic as well. If you need new staff this is a company I have used http://www.actautostaffing.com/default.asp Mike
  7. It sound like you have estimated the equipment a little high. That may work in you favor. Pay more for the equipment and less for the business. Remember, any equipment that you purchase you will be able to depreciate. I know a guy that bought a shop and way inflated the equipment and reduced what he paid for the goodwill (business). Tax advantage later on. You need to look at the sales numbers. What is happening on a weekly basis? 2 Techs should produce 80 hours chargeable per week parts sales is usually 50% of gross sales 80 hrs X shop labor rate + parts sales, less parts cost, less loaded cost of Technicians will give you Gross Profit for the week. Gross profit should be above 50% Good luck Mike


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