How to start an Auto repair shop-Starting a profitable automotive Workshop3 Profit centres
Operating your own auto repair shop these days involves balancing markets against profit centres and gaining customer loyalty. Some outsourcing is inevitable especially when you start your auto shop, but you can add a few profit centres without exceptional expense or experience.
All equipment and machinery mentioned here can be used by a motor mechanic trained by the manufacturer and by simply following the instruction manual.
Here are some areas where a workshop can gain good profits without taking up a lot of space. The ones listed here are the easiest to make money with.
When leasing or buying equipment consider downtime of the machine. You want to be able to use the machinery you have without long delays for repairs or essential servicing taking your machinery out of action.
Always see what service is like and ask for references. Honest suppliers will gladly provide them.
There are two areas where I know poor research costs people big money.
Buyng an auto, or buying automotive repair shop machinery and equipmen
As previously stated auto air-conditioner recharging is profitable with the right equipment, and any good mechanic can carry out the connection and disconnection required if you use a fully automated all-in-one machine.
The main thing you need to be assured of is top service from your air-conditioning recharge station dealer.
The one listed on the previous hub, the ariazone has fantastic backup and service as well as full training on the machine.
Don't settle for less and ensure full training is provided!
Fuel injector cleaning.
This is a machine that is most profitable in a workshop that has light transport customers or specialises in makes and models (I could name them!) ... that often requires injectors to be cleaned.
It is also perfect for a workshop that does fuel injected engine rebuilds and is currently having injectors cleaning outsourced. I would always buy an 8 cylinder injector cleaner, and my favourite make is ASNU.
Many better workshops have an injector cleaner as part of a well equipped auto shop in competitive markets where outsourcing can lose you customers because you are waiting on your customer's injectors to be cleaned until after he has serviced his own customers.
Injector cleaners must be kept clean at all times and inspected at each use for cleanliness.
This is a used machine in good order and works extremely well.
There are several manufacturers making injector cleaners, but for my money the ASNU is the best of the best to use and service.
A decent brake lathe such as an Ammco will always make a profit with a good operator.
I prefer the Ammco to all the others but the new West is good value for money and does a good job of accurately machining disc rotors.
With brake lathes and their use, it is engineering skills that make for good operators. The actual setting up and surfacing of discs is child's play to someone with good existing metal skills, and I have been able to train operators straight from the Ammco manual. The major requirement is keeping the lathe tools impeccably clean as per the instructions, and using the correct tool for each different job.
One quick trick for owners. If your operators disc machining is noisy and needs the silencers applied, the job may be tooled up wrongly with the cutting bits at the wrong angle, cutting at the wrong speed or too deep on one side.
The West is a pretty good brake lathe these days but be wary of some of the early models.
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