What Is the Best Automotive Management Software?

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Readers frequently come to the Automotive Management network because they have a specific question in mind: What is the best automotive management software? There is no simple answer to that question, of course. It depends on what a specific auto shop needs. Because we want to help our members answer that question for themselves, we’ve created a number of valuable … Read More

Survey: Finding and Hiring Technicians

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The Automotive Management Network currently has a poll about finding and hiring technicians. If you have not yet taken it, please go here and share your experience. We would appreciate learning what you can tell us about how your shop finds techs, so please check all answers that apply.  Where to Go for Finding and Hiring Technicians Here is a … Read More

Recruiting Service Advisors in a Down Economy

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The economic news is bad. There’s no sugarcoating that the United States is in a severe recession as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Paycheck Protection Program has protected some jobs and helped many businesses, but millions of people are out of work and looking. Like all businesses, auto shops are hurting too; however, a down economy can be … Read More

Recruiting Techs to Your Auto Shop

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As everyone in the automotive industry knows, there is currently a desperate shortage of auto techs. Currently the outflow of techs from the industry is very high for a number of reasons. Only one new tech enters for every three who leave. This is a real problem for auto shops that want to keep their doors open and their customers … Read More

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