Is Your Auto Shop Able To Get Replacement Parts Now?

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Earlier this year auto industry experts warned that replacement parts were going to be harder to come by due to the coronavirus outbreak. They wanted dealerships and auto shops to be aware and prepare to explain service disruptions to customers. Coronavirus has interrupted both production of parts worldwide and shipping as well. This will throw another challenge at auto shops … Read More

Encouraging Staff To Take Vacation Days Now

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In our last blog we talked about the effects of the Paycheck Protection Program and how it has allowed many auto shops to remain open and to continue to employ their staff. While this has been a lifesaver program for businesses, many shops are still struggling to pay their bills because their customer traffic has been drastically reduced due to … Read More

Why Technicial Training Often Does Not Work

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There is a shortage of techs in the auto repair industry. This is undeniable. America needs good skilled workers to repair cars, and there aren’t enough of them. Previously we’ve discussed many reasons for why there is a shortage. This includes pay, benefits, tool expectations, and a host of other factors including training. One aspect of training that we haven’t … Read More

Is Stress and Depression Increasing for Auto Repair Workers?

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Recent research has revealed a distressing trend of members of certain professions. The Centers for Disease Control stated that over the past twenty years the suicide rate of Americans has increased 40% and that auto repair workers are at a significantly higher risk for suicide than people of other demographics. Other research has linked higher divorce rates and work in … Read More

Does Your Auto Shop Allow Customer Supplied Parts?

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Does your auto shop use customer supplied parts to complete their repairs? This topic can raise some eyebrows and tempers between customers and shop owners or techs, but there are good reasons for shops refusing to use aftermarket parts customers purchase elsewhere. Here we will go through those reasons and how to explain your shop’s policy to your customers. The … Read More

Should Techs Bear the Costs to Be ASE Certified?

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How useful do you think ASE certification is? We’ve asked the question before, but it’s always good to review. For shop owners who do believe ASE certification is important for their techs, the other related question must be: How much do you invest in getting your techs ASE certified? Certification involves both time and money, and it has assumed benefits … Read More

The Need for Lift Inspections

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In our last blog we discussed the need for lift safety training in all auto repair shops. It’s vitally important that all employees are familiar with automotive lifts, know how to use them correctly, and know how to safely work around them. It’s also critical for shop safety that the lifts work correctly and are in good operating condition at … Read More

Auto Techs Need Lift Safety Training

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Vehicle lifts are an important piece of equipment in auto repair shops. They’re used throughout the country and the world to raise and lower vehicles very effectively. Unfortunately, sometimes they are not well maintained, and not all employees are thoroughly trained in lift safety. These failures can and have led to thousands of accidents and injuries, and some deaths occur … Read More

Does Your Auto Shop Offer Repair Financing?

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Some kinds of repairs always come as a shock to car owners, no matter how long they’ve been driving, owning, or maintaining cars. While not all repairs are expensive, some are pricey enough that even people with good incomes and savings will blink. What does your auto shop do for customers who cannot afford the repairs they need at the … Read More