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Garage Keepers: How to Run a Successful Auto Repair Shop

As long as there are cars, there will be a need for mechanics.

Repair shops are a must to keep people commuting happily. Unfortunately, there are shops out there that are untrustworthy and unprofessional. If you want to open one of your own, it’s crucial that you follow all the necessary advice. These tips will help you with running a successful auto repair shop.

 

Find a Good Location

Where you put your auto repair shop is very important. It should be accessible enough for cars to be easily towed to it, but it should be far enough away from other repair shops to not get swallowed by competition. Consider which areas in your city or town are furthest from a repair shop. Then, look for vacant businesses or plots of land where you could put your shop. It’s important that you don’t rush this, as an improper location could do significant damage to your shop’s earning potential.

 

Hire Good People

Your crew should know their way around all sorts of cars. They should be able to change oil and use a wrench with the utmost confidence. They should also be reliable. Before the shop opens, put out job listings for experienced mechanics. They should have strong resumes and references. Be sure to call their references to confirm that they will be a valuable member of your team.

 

Get Insurance

Mishaps can happen at auto repair shops easier than you might realize. While you should certainly the importance of auto insurance, auto repair insurance is also crucial. In the case of additional damage to a vehicle or injury to an employee, you want to be covered. Insurance through Zuma Insurance or another reputable company is a good way to go.

 

Be Honest

There are few people disliked more than dishonest mechanics. Spiking a bill with non-existent issues might get you a few extra bucks, but it’s not going to be worth it. When you have a reputation for dishonesty, word will spread fast in the community. You might find some additional problems that you need to charge more for, but you should always make sure that you’re charging fairly.

 

The success of your auto repair shop isn’t determined by one single thing. Instead, it’s a combination of positive qualities that will give your shop a good reputation and make people recommend it. You want to emphasize integrity and competence in every aspect of your shop to make it a proud part of your community.

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