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What You’ll Wish You Knew About Opening An Auto Shop

If you’ve got the expertise, the experience, and the funding to open your own auto shop, then you have the potential to get into a most lucrative business. Everyone with a car needs a mechanic, after all. But just having those resources alone isn’t enough. Just like every business, there are a few industry home truths worth learning that, when ignored, can pose a real danger of shutting you down before you even really have the chance to get running.

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It’s all location, location, location

Where there are people, there are going to be cars. But where there are cars, there’s a good chance there will also be mechanics already setting up shop. When choosing a location for your business, make sure you keep competition in mind. If the volume of the market is big enough, you could set up right beside them and have no trouble attracting customers. However, if you’re competing for a less dense market, it’s best to choose another location that’s convenient, easy-to-reach, and closer to customers that aren’t already near an auto shop.

You need to lock down your supply early

Whether you’re running an auto shop, a glass repair shop, a body detailing store or anything else, you need to have a steady supply rolling by the time your doors open up. Whether it’s sourcing parts from manufacturers, equipment from auto body tools suppliers or anyone else, if you don’t have the supplier-business relationship set up, you could find yourself without the resources you need to actually keep the business up and running. Every business should have a backup supplier, too. After all, existing suppliers might have their own supply chain issues or might have to close up, whether permanently or temporarily. Always have a backup plan.

Trust is crucial

You need to be more than good at repairing autos. You have to be reliable, trustworthy, and worth your customers time. When people are looking at more affordable ways to fix up their cars, for instance, it’s because the mechanics around them overcharge. It can be tempting to earn more on every job by finding opportunities to throw on additional costs and charges or unnecessary fixes, but it’s a lot more profitable in the long-term to build the trust that guarantees repeat customers.

Marketing is not optional

Regardless of where you are, nowadays, online marketing is a crucial tool for your repair shop. You have to be visible to your market, and more and more of them are turning to the internet to help them find the services near them. When you offer the same kinds of services as the other businesses around you, it’s often the brand that makes the deciding factor in the eyes of the consumer. Don’t treat marketing like it’s just an aside to the real business. Invest time and money into making your brand as professional and as easy-to-see as possible.

If you start an auto repair shop without taking the above considerations in mind, you are setting yourself up for a fall. Get as best prepared as possible before you start your venture.

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Driving Down The Costs Of Being Behind The Wheel

Driving is a wonderful thing that opens up new possibilities in a whole host of life aspects, but it does come at a cost. Most drivers would agree that the expenses are the one major downside to owning a car, and those overheads aren’t limited to buying the vehicle after.   

The costs of daily journeys are enough to cause ongoing headaches, so finding ways to reduce the strain should be top of your agenda. Of course, buying a used car or getting the cheapest insurance quote will help. In truth, though, the operational running overheads should be your main concern. Here’s how you can make your money work harder.

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 Choose The Right Vehicle

Everyone has their dream vehicle. If money is a concern, however, it’s vital that you make a practical decision. Buying a cheaper model suited to your family or business needs is one thing. However, you also need to think about the engine size. These modest vehicles are still enjoyable to drive. However, the real smiles come from seeing your bank balance avoid a battering.

 Some people genuinely need a 4×4 or a larger vehicle for their activities. If you can survive comfortably with a lighter car that needs less horsepower, you should. If nothing else, it’s great for the environment too.

 Maintain Vehicle Health

A healthy car isn’t only a safer and more comfortable ride; it’s also a more cost-effective one. Therefore, it’s imperative that you act upon those seemingly minor issues immediately. When you do, you’ll find that performances improve. Better still, it can prevent those problems snowballing into something even worse, which will save you, even more, cash in the long run.

Even the simple jobs like topping up the fluids and tire air pressure will make a world of difference. Above all else, adopting those positive habits can encourage improvements elsewhere.

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 Improve Fuel Efficiency   

The general performance of the car is vital, but you must also pay special attention to the fuel. After all, this is your greatest and most common operational expense. Using the best injector cleaner products will ensure your gas works harder, meaning you’ll save money overall. Likewise, premium gas can be worth the extra money, particularly when your vehicle is a few years old.

Once again, your habits have a huge influence too. If your filling station is having new fuel pumped into its tanks, avoid using it for a few hours. Otherwise, you’ll end up with debris from the bottom of the tank being pumped into your car.

 Think About Your Trips  

Many factors influence the efficiency of your driving habits. Ultimately, though, using the car too much in an unsuitable fashion is the biggest mistake you could make. Firstly you want to avoid sitting in heavy traffic If changing the route or time of journey can aid you, it’s imperative that you take advantage.   

Rather than breaking your chores into several trips, try doing them all at once. This is because the engine will stay warm for greater efficiency. Finally, arranging carpools can work wonders too.

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5 Car Faults You Need To Fix Today

Cars break down. It usually happens at the most inconvenient times. When is it ever convenient for the car to stop working? Of course, many breakdowns actually start with a fault that could have been fixed before things got worse. And some of the faults are often signs that something is very, very wrong with your vehicle. Here are just 5 car faults you really shouldn’t ignore – get them fixed today!

Anything On A Recall List

Do check the recall list for your manufacturer. It’s rare that vehicles have to be recalled, but when they are, it’s for very good reasons. Faulty bonnet catches, parking brakes that fail, and even engine fires have been reported before a manufacturer issues a recall. Usually, a letter is sent to the first registered owner. If that wasn’t you or you’ve moved house, you might not find out about it until it’s too late. Check the list, and opt-in for updates if you’re worried.

Engine Warning Light

That warning light is there for a reason. It actually means danger. Sure, your car is still going, and everything feels fine. But what if there is a blockage and poisonous fumes are getting into your car? You might not even know about it until you’ve lost consciousness at sixty miles per hour. Pull over and call for help. It’s better to get it fully checked out rather than risk something nasty. Even if it just cuts out while you’re on the road, that can be dangerous for you and every other driver out there.

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Damage To Tire

You’ve spotted a nail in your wheel, but the pressure seems OK. Leave it, right? Not if you want to be safe on the road. You might be at risk of a dramatic blowout that causes you to lose control of your vehicle. Even if the puncture slowly leaks air, chances are you’re on an undriveable flat before you get home. Do you really want to risk being stranded with a flat? Come on – nobody likes changing wheels on the highway! If you’re not too confident about changing them, head to an auto repair center so the wheel can be checked thoroughly.

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Lights Not On

Beyond the safety aspect, tail lights and headlights that aren’t on after dark will cause you more problems than you want. You’re going to be earmarked for a pull-over by law enforcement. This can make you late, delay you getting home, and warrant a full police check! They might also query every other dent, bump or scratch on your vehicle. Avoid the hassle by pulling into a good garage now and getting fresh bulbs for your lamps.

Damage To The Windscreen

Any chip can quickly and easily turn into a crack. Sudden changes in temperature or a downpour of rain might be all it takes. Of course, once it has cracked, it’s not likely to be legal to drive. This can result in you being pulled over and the car being towed away! Not convenient at all. Perhaps worse still is the fact that a collision or bird impact could cause the glass to shatter all over you. It’s dangerous, so get it fixed today.

Do you have anything that you need to get fixed today?