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  • October / what a disaster

    Posted by vitester on October 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I am down 2/3 from October 2011 and boy does it feel like it :(

    Have had cut back the guys hours, they are good guys and understand.

    Cant wait to see the back o this month and roll on November!

    jmullaney replied 9 years, 2 months ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Tom Ham

    Member
    October 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Any idea why off so much?

    (September was pretty weak here, October close to normal.)

  • vitester

    Member
    October 29, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Tom Ham wrote:

    > Any idea why off so much?

    >

    > (September was pretty weak here, October close to normal.)

    Been thinking about that. Our main traffic is from 3 sources, YP,

    google and AAA tows. YP and google metrics are bang on average, AAA is

    down.

    The Kicker is that the tickets >$500 have just not been there. No fuel

    pumps, no clutches, no transmission / engine installs, no timing

    belts, etc etc. 1 head gasket job,that’s it.

    No support for the bread and butter oil changes, brake jobs,flushes

    and diagnostics.

    Some of the mentioned jobs cannot be put off, so its not that people

    are putting off the repairs, and I sure as hell can sell those jobs

    when the opportunity arises.

    This month they just have not materialized, but hey, the shop has

    never looked cleaner!

  • Michael Curry

    Member
    October 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I hear a lot of people are waiting till after the election, maybe the winner will write a check for all necessary repairs.

    In the Boston area most all vendors & repair shops say there off this cound be due to the large number of new car sales.

  • prairietire

    Member
    October 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    As the Chicago Cubs say “Maybe next year” We’ve got two months to help carry us into next year. Crank it over!

  • mylesj

    Member
    October 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I think we are seeing the same thing as at the end of the Reagan recession. People who strung it out as long as possible on taking care of their cars ended up buying new ones. From talking to shop owners it seems you guys in New England have been seeing more actual repair work the last couple of years, the $500+ jobs, than other parts of the country. The Yankees decided early on to be careful with their money. Some places just kept going full bore until they ran into the wall, some in 2009 and some very recently. It is easy to find out by looking at the housing price changes. There are markets with busy shops with housing up 10% or more in the last two years and there are others with empty shops where housing has gone down 10% or more in that same period. It is a generalization, but still a good way to gauge your shop against your market.

  • Tom Ham

    Member
    October 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Dale Gervais wrote:

    > As the Chicago Cubs say “Maybe next year” We’ve got two months to help

    carry us into next year. Crank it over!

    How about a trade…we’ll take the Cubs, you take the Lions?

  • mylesj

    Member
    October 30, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I think we are seeing the same thing as at the end of the Reagan recession. People who strung it out as long as possible on taking care of their cars ended up buying new ones. From talking to shop owners it seems you guys in New England have been seeing more actual repair work the last couple of years, the $500+ jobs, than other parts of the country. The Yankees decided early on to be careful with their money. Some places just kept going full bore until they ran into the wall, some in 2009 and some very recently. It is easy to find out by looking at the housing price changes. There are markets with busy shops with housing up 10% or more in the last two years and there are others with empty shops where housing has gone down 10% or more in that same period. It is a generalization, but still a good way to gauge your shop against your market.

  • jmullaney

    Member
    April 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

    We were closed for 2 weeks to to Sandy, and that did not help, but overall We are still up for the year end and Q1.  We were lucky to have “utility interruption” coverage so that filled the gap to the tune of 25k.  Overall no damage and we are lucky to be ahead of last year.