If you are new to the auto repair industry, you may not be aware of the inground lift’s long history. Their sleek design, smooth operation and space saving footprint make them a terrific option for all kinds of service facilities. Though they’ve been around for decades, there have been many recent updates that put them on equal footing with their two and four post cousins. An inground lift, like the Smartlift® SL210 is a modern and efficient addition to any shop. So if you require an easy to use, fast, environmentally friendly and durable lift to fill a high volume bay, all while providing a great looking shop floor, then the SL210 is the way to go.
If you own, work in, or have ever set foot inside an auto repair shop, you undoubtedly have seen a two-post lift. Two-posters are the workhorse of many shops and are an iconic image when you think of auto repair. Their versatility, efficiency and small foot prints make them ideal for most shops. But, if a lift goes down, productivity is reduced, and money is lost. Keeping your two-post running safely is paramount to your shop’s financial goals.
We all know what buzz words are, right? The trendy words that grab attention for a short time. For example, “cloud” is all the rage in the tech world now. “Forward thinking” is dominating many industries as well. But what happens to a buzz word that sticks around? The phrase “Going Green” may be the king of all buzz words, and whether you like it or not, it’s here to stay. Whatever your motivation may be, tax incentives, government mandates or your own personal beliefs, reducing your company’s carbon footprint is something you can embrace.
When it comes to things like auto repair, potential customers tend to turn to their friends and family for advice. After all, this isn’t a visit to the grocery store. Auto repairs take skill, and because they might not understand the process, drivers could be hesitant to trust the first shop they find in the yellow pages. So how can you cash in on that tendency to seek recommendations? Let’s take a look.
Just because your auto repair shop is small doesn’t mean your goals should be too. Even the tiniest operations can increase revenue, grow their customer base and thrive. The key is to make the most of what you have by increasing efficiency in important areas. Here are three zones to focus on.
Four-post lifts are a staple in some shops. They accommodate vehicles and repairs that might be more difficult to do on a two-post lift, and they’re very easy to use. It’s simple for techs to line up with the runway, drive on and lift. This makes them perfect for general inspections, simple maintenance, etc. And with the addition of some accessories, you can do even more.
In a business that relies heavily on referrals and repeat clients, customer service is king. In the repair industry, there are some basics you must meet. You need a friendly first contact and quality, honest repairs, but doing the bare minimum puts you in line with a long list of other shops. Going beyond that can help you stand out from the crowd. Here are three ways to do it:
You know the vehicle lift in your shop can handle a lot. You’ve seen it lift cars or trucks or busses and more. But what about more practical uses? How many footballs could it hoist? How many polar bears? These are the pressing questions that keep us up at night. You, too, we’re sure! So we did the research. Here’s what our lifts can handle.
From farming to finance, every industry faces change: New technologies come and go. Consumer tastes evolve. Governing bodies set new rules. Change is truly a constant, and the car repair industry is no exception. Manufacturers are shifting the way they make vehicles to keep up with upcoming MPG requirements, buyers want more and more high-tech features and electric carmakers look to gain a bigger piece of the pie.