Leasing vs. Buying: The Advantages Depend on Your Fleet Size

iStock-528439804.jpgTo buy or not to buy. That is the question.

Well, that’s the question for fleet owners and managers when it comes to their new trucks. It’s not a new question either. Fleet managers have wrestled with this for decades. It’s a hard question to answer, because the answer fluctuates for many fleet owners as new technologies and new services are introduced.

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Top 5 Blogs of 2017

We understand that all blogs are not created equal and some have more information that pertains to your shop than others. For us, it stings a little, because we want all of them to be just as informative as the next, but that's just not the case. So as chosen by you, our customers, here at the top 5 blogs for 2017!

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Hybrids and EV Sales Are Electric. Is Your Shop Prepared?

When it comes to traditional combustible engines, there are about 2,000 parts that are tasked with performing a job in a harsh environment that strains even the best-engineered systems. The daily heat, pressure and strain on those parts are brutal. Eventually, something is bound to fail. And that means those 2,000 parts are 2,000 potential repair jobs for your shop.

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Big Data Could be a Big Problem for Repair Shops

When it comes to competition, you’ve always looked down the street at the nearest independent shops. Of course, service departments at dealerships are technically competitors, too. But after a warranty expires on a vehicle, car owners can be separated into two categories: those who continue to go to the dealership for service and those who become customers of independent shops. You and the shops down the street have always competed for that second kind of customer.

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Opportunity on the Rise for Service Departments

Earlier this year, we wrote about what older cars could mean for independent shops. With the average age of vehicles on the road at an all-time high, dealerships have a great opportunity to grow their service departments as used cars flood the market. In fact, the National Automobile Dealers Association's latest statistical profile reports that in 2016, dealerships wrote more than 315 million repair orders—a number that has steadily grown from 2014 to 2016.

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Product Spotlight: Baysaver 3D R1080

Have you ever asked yourself this question: “How can my shop be more productive?” Let’s assume the obvious; your shop is full of Rotary Lifts that run flawlessly and that your techs are the best at what they do. What can you do to increase your shop’s productivity and ultimately profits? Answer, wheel service, specifically alignments. With Rotary’s new Baysaver 3D R1080 Wheel Alignment System, productivity for your shop increases, space doesn’t.

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3 Reasons to Embrace Wheel Service

Most shop owners and techs in the auto repair world know a bit about wheel and tire repair. They see it as a service they can offer their customers who are coming in for other issues. Most view wheel service as a necessity, but not for making money, rather to appease customers who want a one stop shop for general maintenance. What they may not realize is there are many benefits to offering a full line of wheel service in their shops. Here’s why:

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Don’t let Old Man Winter knock out your fleet.

Pack up the beach balls. Put away your lawn mower. Say ‘goodbye’ to your patio. Because here comes Old Man Winter.

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The Five Ws of Wheel Service

Wheel service. If you’ve recently added it to your shop’s offerings, you’re probably very glad you did. If you haven’t added it yet, a lot of your competition is probably very glad you haven’t. But you probably should.

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Be a Better Boss, So Your Techs Don’t Look for Another One

The New York Times isn’t exactly the first place you think about when it comes to automotive news. But several months ago, that’s exactly who sounded the warning alarm about the struggles that dealerships are having when it comes to finding and keeping good techs.

One person interviewed for the article estimated that more than 25,000 open tech jobs would go unfilled by 2022. And he called that a conservative estimate. So what’s a dealership to do? Well, keeping a bottle of Tums on hand isn’t a bad idea for starters. But the real key is presenting techs with an offer they can’t refuse.

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