Shop Owner

The automotive aftermarket is projected to top more than $722 billion by the year 2020, according to Global Industry Analysts, Inc.  Meineke Car Care Center, the nearly 1,000-unit aftermarket auto franchise, is poised for paralleled growth as consumers place a greater...
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Most independent shops start out as a vision of being your own boss, of building success on your own accomplishments. David Estes realized this through an unusual route: He bought a shop on Craigslist.
“It’s been my dream to own and operate an automotive shop...
Chipola College Automotive instructor John Gardner has signed on as the host of a new television show, “Tech Garage,” presented by Advance Auto Parts and airing on Discovery’s Velocity Channel beginning in January 2015.
Tech Garage is an automotive...
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One of the best ways to connect with your customers today is through videos on your website. While the idea of recording and producing these videos might seem daunting, it is something that you can accomplish with a little time and your smartphone.
 
Dave Striegel,...
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There is a growing shortage of younger technicians who want to get into automotive repair as a career. According to the Manpower Group, “Hardest to Fill Survey for 2013,” automotive mechanics (technicians) are among the hardest positions to fill in the U.S....
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While some people around the repair shop industry lament the bad rap today’s shops and technicians still get, women who own, work in or manage those shops often have different issues they face.
But one group is working to help women overcome perceived or real barriers...
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Today’s successful shop owners, and yes, even those struggling, all relied on education to get them to ownership status. Some just have more education than others, and embrace learning more. But as shops as a whole move forward, education continues to be paramount...
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Chris "Chubby" Frederick shares his tips for improving your managerial, marketing and number crunching skills in his new segment, "Chubby's Tip of the Week." You can find more from Chubby, the CEO of Automotive Training Institute (ATI), in his...
Mitchell 1 will hold this year’s third and final Shop Management Workshop, Oct. 9-11 in Nashville, Tenn., at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center. The training is designed for shop management software users who want to learn more advanced capabilities,...
The deadline to sign up for an unbelievable member benefit through the Automotive Service Association (ASA) is fast approaching.
ASA has extended its offer for members to subscribe to Mopar’s TechAuthority Online at a huge discount. Back by popular demand, ASA members...
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One of the most consistent and pervasive challenges facing repair shop owners and service managers is keeping their shops fully staffed with technicians who are up to date on their training and capable of working on late model vehicles. Finding a technician at all can be a...
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We all agree that there is a severe shortage of competent technicians within the industry, and many shop owners tell me that when they see one in or lost one to another industry, they cannot compete on technician wage levels other industries are prepared to pay. I...
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There must be something about Cary, N.C., beyond its location in the state’s famed research triangle, its massive growth in the new millennium and its incredibly low crime rate. It also must have some of the best automotive repair facilities in the country, for at...
On May 21, the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing titled, “Legislative Proposals to Improve Transparency and Accountability at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).” During this hearing, the...
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Unless your literal intention is to be taken out horizontally and to pass from this world while at work in your shop with a ratchet clutched in your hand, the sooner you begin planning for whatever it is that comes next, the better.
It is a fact that most shops in the U.S....