Shop Owner Resource Directory

We have assembled a list of the top Independent Automotive 20 Groups. Many professional shops in the auto service industry are members of a Shop Management Peer Group. Learn new ideas, better strategies, and best practices for increased profitability by exchanging information with other auto shop owners.
We have put together a directory of the top suppliers of mobile air conditioning parts and A/C supplies for autos, trucks and heavy equipment.
We have put together a directory of Computer IT Support
The following is a list of automotive specific employment services. Posting auto repair shop jobs on many of these sites increases your hiring potential as both employees and employers in the industry are more inclined in recent years to search beyond their local market. Automotive Specific Sites
We searched for companies familiar with financing for auto repair businesses needing funds for inventory, equipment, improvements, cash flow, new locations, marketing, working capital and any other type of financial need. Companies listed here offer a variety of services including small business loans, short and long term loans, and flexible revolving lines of credit. Answers often can occur very quickly.
When customers need auto repair, but cannot afford the cost, shops often turn them away when a customer does not have a credit card to use or when they have poor credit history. This results in lost revenue for independent shops, dealerships, tire stores, transmission shops and franchise shops. Auto service businesses can offer their community the convenience of financing programs that provide customers with a loan for the additional funds they need. Many offer monthly payment plans. Customers can often apply for their account at the repair shop and get approved quickly.
While there are hundreds of insurance companies, the ones listed here have programs specifically designed for automotive service businesses. Custom insurance coverage for automotive repair service, gasoline station, car wash, auto body, and towing. Get affordable rate quotes and payment plans for policies including general liability protection, workman’s compensation, garage keepers, and umbrellas.
In this directory you will find the major manufacturers for auto lifts, truck lifts, and vehicle lifts for most applications. We have included in-ground, above-ground, 4 post, twin post, scissors, mid-rise, low-rise, rotisserie, drive on, and car alignment lifts. Rolling jacks and other automotive shop equipment is offered by several of the companies listed.
Over 20 companies offering auto repair shop management training, coaching and consulting. Almost every aspect of managing an automotive service shop is covered by one or more of these trainers or coaches. Webinars, classes, evaluations and one-on-one training covering efficiency, employees, marketing, customer retention, and expenses.

Can oil change reminder stickers be personalized?

Oil change stickers can be custom printed with a thermal transfer printer to add an auto shop’s logo and contact information. There are a handful of companies that manufacture specialized printers specifically for oil reminder decals. Alternatively, oil change stickers can be purchased from a wide variety of suppliers on rolls.

What are the benefits of customized oil change stickers?

Personalized oil change stickers are a great way to advertise you auto shop and encourage customers to come back for their next oil change.

Companies that manufacture oil change sticker printers

This list contains a range of companies that sell oil change sticker printers. Some specialize in producing printers that are designed specifically for oil change reminder stickers. Others sell multi-use printers that can be used to create oil change stickers. Some of these companies also sell blank stickers while others will require you to customize your label when you purchase the printer.

Many automotive parts vendors, suppliers and manufacturers offer programs through auto parts stores to help repair shops. Assistance may come in the form of training, classes, clinics, webinars, certification reimbursement, service information, enhanced warranties, labor claims, marketing, newsletters, discounts, and other incentives.
Comprehensive lists of both OEM and aftermarket scan tools and diagnostic software with coverage for domestic, Asian and European vehicles. The directory includes everything from basic code scanners to those with computer programming / calibration / flashing ability and advanced communication options to address the needs of all types of auto repair shops.
This directory includes more 20 companies who specialize in training service advisors through classes, coaching and consulting for auto repair shops. Service writer employee training courses include customer relations and customer service skills, efficiency, profitability, productivity, quality control, selling maintenance and repairs, and time management.
The companies listed here offer a variety of online service advisor training, webinars, classes, coaching and consulting covering a number of topics including efficiency, time management, productivity, profitability, and customer service skills. Service writer eLearning is becoming the primary method many automotive repair shops are now using for employee training.
The list below includes more than 25 links to companies offering OEM and aftermarket electronic service information, automotive workshop manuals, vehicle maintenance schedules, factory technical service bulletins, manufacturer recalls, and vehicle specifications for all types of auto and truck repair shops and service facilities.
We have put together an industry directory that includes the primary vendors and suppliers of automotive shop equipment and tools for auto and truck repair shops. Start here when shopping for lifts, work benches, scan tools, car pushers, fluid dispensers, exhaust welders, air compressors, wheel aligners, tire changers and balancers, brake lathes, bearing presses, strut tools, battery chargers, engine stands, tool storage, and any other tool or piece of equipment you need for your shop.

The following is a list of the top software companies offering automotive and truck repair shop management systems from the most basic to those with a long list of features. Some are cloud-based while others are downloaded or require a CD. Some of the features offered include accounting, employee payroll, advertising and marketing, CRM, electronic vehicle inspections, job estimating, technical service information, profitability and efficiency tools, and appointment scheduling. If you are curious about what features are offered by a particular auto management software, then try a free demo – or get more details from the Management Software Demos links on our Management Resources Page.

Note about survey results: All companies listed here were invited to participate in the survey. We appreciate the responses of the companies that have completed it so far. We are waiting for results from the companies which do not yet have a results link. If you are considering a software company that does not yet have a survey results link, please encourage them to complete their survey and send it in so we can include them.​

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ARI (Auto Repair Software)
Auto FluentView Survey Results
Auto Repair Bill
Auto Shop Controller
Auto Shop Wiz
Auto Shop WriterView Survey Results
Auto Wise
Auto Workshop Manager
Automated Invoicing Management Software - WinAIMSView Survey Results
Automotive Expert
AutoSoft OnlineView Survey Results
Car Biz Pro
Complete Auto Reports, CARView Survey Results
CoStarView Survey Results
Digital WrenchView Survey Results
Direct-Shop, from Identifix-Find and Fix Faster!View Survey Results
Garage Partner ProView Survey Results
GEM-CARView Survey Results
GenesisFour Service ShopView Survey Results
GetAFixView Survey Results
InvomaxView Survey Results
Lankar Pro 9
MAM SoftwareView Survey Results
Master Repair
Max1 Solutions / Shopmax1View Survey Results
MaxxTraxxView Survey Results
MCI MethodsView Survey Results
Mitchell 1 Manager SEView Survey Results
NAPA Tracs
OmniqueView Survey Results
Pace / YesView Survey Results
Pluss PTM-VisionView Survey Results
PM AttendantView Survey Results
Profit BoostView Survey Results
ProtractorView Survey Results
Quick Quote
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RampView Survey Results
Repair Shop Director
RepairTRAXView Survey Results
Shift Mobility
Shop Boss ProView Survey Results
Shop Controller
Shop KeyView Survey Results
Shop WareView Survey Results
ShopmonkeyView Survey Results
Smart Auto ShopView Survey Results
Star Service
StockTracView Survey Results
TekmetricView Survey Results
Tire Guru
Winworks Software Inc.View Survey Results
Workshop SoftwareView Survey Results
The following is a list of management software companies offering automotive shop management systems from the most basic to those with a long list of features. If you are curious what features are offered by a particular auto management software then try a free demo – or get more details from the Management Software Demos links on our Management Resources Page.
In this directory you will find a number of schools and training options for both apprentice and experienced auto and truck technicians to take automotive repair and technology classes. Take advantage of online training or what is often called eLearning. Classes and webinars presented by professional certified instructors cover HVAC, transmission and engine repair, engine performance, auto electrical, steering / suspension, diagnostics, braking systems, and preparation for mechanic certification.
To make searching easier for auto repair shops we have assembled a list of over 20 manufacturers of automotive and truck tire and wheel equipment including tire changers, wheel balancers, and tire and wheel repair tools.
The companies listed here offer a wide range of automotive tools and diagnostic equipment for servicing tire pressure monitoring systems including relearning (activation, programming), warning light reset, and OEM and aftermarket TPMS sensor repair for auto repair shops.

Comprehensive list of companies which provide automotive work uniforms and clothing, towels, shop rags and mats to auto and truck repair shops. Technician work pants, shorts, work shirts, polo shirts, belts, coveralls, and jackets can be rented and laundered or purchased.

The list below includes over 20 providers of Electronic Vehicle Inspection Software giving you the ability to create professional customizable multi-point safety inspection forms and reports for cars and trucks using tablets or smartphones. Options include fleet tracking, paperless or printed, basic or comprehensive, attachment of photos and audio, web-based or in house, integration with your management software or part of your shop software.
More than a dozen website design companies offering both custom and template websites specifically for auto repair shops. Customizable features and content, web search / SEO, unique marketing and advertising options.