Repair Shop Advice

Archive for August, 2016

Your vehicle means the world to us!

August 30th, 2016

Since 1977 International Auto Service Center has been a family owned and operated business providing quality automotive maintenance and repair services. Come see us at 16 South St. West Hartford, CT 06110 or call (860) 953-1675 today to set up your vehicle maintenance.  We have not forgotten the value of customer service, and can perform the same services as most large dealerships.  Give us a shot and we will prove that your vehicle means the world to us!

Aaron’s Repair Center, your community shop!

August 30th, 2016

Aaron’s  Repair Center has been providing excellent customer service to the Whitefield, NH area since 1998.  We can handle anything from your state inspection, brake service, oil change, heating and cooling services, 4 x 4 services, to suspension lifts and much more!  Visit our shop at 70 Lancaster Rd. Whitefield, NH 03598 or call us at (603) 837-2800 and see how we can help you today!

Get your 24 Hour FREE Air at Cape Elizabeth Service Center, Cape Elizabeth, ME!

August 29th, 2016

Cape Elizabeth Service Center is your local NAPA Car Care Center in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Their friendly staff offers FREE estimates for repair! In the winter, the offer snow tire changeouts, as well. They honor the NAPA Auto Care Peace of Mind Warranty, 24 months, 24,000 miles. Call 207-767-7302 for an appointment today or drop by 560 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.

R. Fedele’s Auto Service Inc |Auto Repair Done Right!

August 29th, 2016

R. Fedele’s Auto Service Inc. in Pipersville, PA is a family owned and operated automotive shop. They offer affordable auto repair with great customer service! Their certified technicians provide comprehensive auto repair services including factory scheduled maintenance, oil changes, brakes, engines, transmissions, and much more! They also offer light, medium, and heavy duty truck repair. Call  251-766-2254 or visit our shop at 7058A Easton Road. They look forward to meeting you!

3 Keys to Remarkable Customer Service

August 25th, 2016

In a previous post, we talked about how to respond to online reviews, both positive and negative.  But wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to deal with negative reviews in the first place?  Here are a few ways to make sure your customers leave the shop happy, so they’ll leave great reviews online and tell their friends to take their vehicles to your shop.  It’s the cheapest marketing money can’t buy!

Have happy employees

It’s always been said that happy employees lead to successful businesses, but there hasn’t been much strong statistical evidence for it.  That changed in 2012 when a large Swiss study proved that happy employees lead to strong business results, not the other way around.  In fact, the positive effect of happy employees on a business’s success is statistically stronger than the effect of sleeping pills on insomnia!

One reason that happy employees lead to better business results is that happy employees are much more engaged in their jobs. For employees whose job it is to interact with customers, this means that your employees are much more engaged with your customers.  They are more likely to care about whether your customers are satisfied, making the rest of these suggestions much easier.

Take the time to answer customer questions

Think about the last time a you called a giant corporation for help (such as your cable company, cell phone company, or your bank) and didn’t get your problem resolved.  What was more irritating: the wait, or the fact that the person that finally picked up the phone couldn’t help you at all?

While there will always be customers that expect the impossible, most will understand if you’re busy helping other people.  But once you’re helping them, they want your mind to be focused on them. They want you to take the time to answer their questions, and maybe ask them some questions that will help clarify both their problem and the solution.  If you make them wait, only to seem uninterested, unfocused, and unable to help them, they might shift from ‘somewhat patient’ to ‘angry enough to tell anyone who will listen about how much they don’t like you.’  It could take you months to recover from the damage that this customer can cause.  Here’s an examples of what this can look like:

One way to make sure customers are getting results when they contact you is to ask yourself “What was the customer’s problem, and how much closer is it to being addressed as a result of this conversation?”  In most cases, you should have a good answer for this, such as “I told them we could fix it on Friday”, or “I told them we could give them a quote within an hour if they bring it to us”.

If you can’t come up with a good answer, the answer is probably “none at all”.  You should acknowledge that to the customer and apologize you couldn’t do more to help them, or possibly recommend another local shop that can.

Convince your customers you genuinely want to know if they’re unhappy

For every customer that bothers to tell you they’re unhappy, another 26 unhappy customers won’t tell you anything at all.  That might seem like 26 customers you’re probably going to lose without knowing why – but it’s much worse than that.  On average, unhappy people tell 16 people about their experience.  So, for every customer that complains about your service, over 400 people are told about a bad experience at your shop.

If you figure out that those 26 unhappy customers are unhappy, and do what you can to make them happy before they tell people about their bad experience, that’s over 400 people who won’t be told not to visit your shop.  So, how do you do that?

The most effective solution is to focus on what’s going on in your shop from the customer’s point of view.  Stop for a second and think about a few things that happened in your shop today, or the last day it was open.  How many customers waited more than 5 minutes before talking to a rep?  How many got a surprise cost increase when you explored a problem further?  How many didn’t get their vehicle back when they expected it?  Did you acknowledge the impact of these things when talking to the customer?  If you’re not acknowledging these inconveniences to your customers, they may not think you care how it impacts them, and that’s going to hurt your reputation.

Whoever has the last in-person contact with your customer needs to ask about their experience.  This question shouldn’t be scripted: the customer should feel that the person asking the question really cares.  For circumstances where the customer is unhappy because of something that is the ‘shop’s fault’ (such as a delayed repair) the person asking about their experience should either be empowered to do something about it, or should forward the information to someone who can call the customer quickly and address the problems.  This doesn’t mean you should give unreasonable customers whatever they want so they won’t complain about you on social media. Reasonable accommodations for customers who didn’t receive a great experience will go a long way to turning unhappy customers into happy ones.

Finally, some customers simply won’t complain in person because it’s too uncomfortable.  To capture these customers’ complaints, you should be emailing an online survey invite to every customer who visits your shop.  If they rate you poorly on your survey, you may be able to resolve their issues before they rate you poorly on Google, Yelp, or somewhere else where it is likely to be highly visible and difficult to improve once posted.

“Good work, trustworthy” – “Outstanding service” – “Good service, fair prices”

August 25th, 2016

Steve Barron’s Auto Repair & Towing has been providing outstanding service to the Tecumseh, Michigan community since 1978! You don’t have to take our word for it…read what some of our satisfied customers have to say…Testimonials.

A Shop Locator Isn’t a Website!

August 16th, 2016

We’ve had many customers ask us if they need a website since they’re on a Shop Locator page.

There’s a big difference between a shop locator and a website, and it greatly affects how easy it is for potential customers to find your shop online.  A shop locator would work very well if a car owner went to the website of the company that owned the shop locator and searched for shops in their zip code.

As an example, if you go to BG Find-A-Shop’s website and search for a repair shop in the 27105 zip code, you’ll find Whiteheart and Sons Automotive, along with their contact information.  Although you wouldn’t learn about what they do, their hours, or many other things, you could at least get in contact with them.

Unfortunately, most people don’t go to BG Find-A-Shop to begin their automotive search.  They go to Google.  And if they search for auto repair in the 27105 zip code, many sites will pop up, but none of them are on a shop locator page.  Anyone relying on a shop locator will likely lose everyone searching for auto repair in Google.

Fortunately for Whiteheart and Sons, they have a website with Repair Shop Websites.  Because of this, Whiteheart and Sons does show up on the first page of results for auto repair in the 27105 zip code.

And unlike a 1-page shop locator page, their website provides all the details someone needs to know they can handle their particular problem – from hours, to services offered, and even testimonials from their customers.  None of this information is on a Shop Locator page, but it’s all on their website.

So don’t be fooled!  Shop locators have value, but they won’t help new customers find you on the web.  For that, you need a website.  If you have questions about how to make sure your repair shop gets found online, please give us a call at 866-665-1605.

Spear’s Automotive Center, repairing vehicles in New Mexico for over 25 years

August 12th, 2016

Spear’s Automotive Center, located at 12468 N Highway 14 Cedar Crest, NM 87008 is the best place to go for vehicle repairs in the area .  Give them a call at (505) 281-1000 to schedule your auto maintenance today! We make sure we are up to date on the latest training to ensure your repairs are done right the first time.

Online Reviews: Your Repair Shop’s Reputation at a Glance

August 10th, 2016

While your website is a critical piece of your reputation, there are just too many shops in many areas for customers to visit all of their websites. One of the things that customers do to winnow down which shops will get their attention is to look at their online reviews.

These reviews are getting more attention than ever. According to a recent study by Brightlocal, the number of people who use online reviews to judge businesses has jumped from 71% to 92% in the last 6 years. Seven out of eight people said they wouldn’t do business with a company that had one or two stars.


This isn’t bad news for your shop – in fact, it’s great news, even if you don’t spend a bunch of time online. That’s because shops that provide great service can easily ask for, and receive, online reviews, and those reviews can dramatically increase your shop’s business.

Getting people to submit online reviews is very easy. The best way is just to ask for them! If your customers understand how important it is to your business, and they’ve really appreciated your great customer service, they’ll take the time to say a few kind words about your shop and rate it five stars. When you’re checking a happy customer out and giving their keys back to them, take a couple of seconds to ask for that online review.

Always make sure to respond to reviews, both positive and negative. Responding to positive reviews tells reviewers that you took the time to notice that they helped out your shop and you’re genuinely appreciative of the support they’re giving you. It tells potential customers that you are concerned about your reputation, so you’re not going to do anything to them or their car that will damage your reputation. Try to make sure that your responses are specific to the review, and not a boilerplate “thank you” response that you send to every positive reviewer – your customers will notice that, and so will people considering using your shop.

For negative reviews, it’s tempting to be defensive, especially if the reviewer is making statements that aren’t accurate. Unfortunately, even if the customer is dishonest, when you defend yourself it can make you look like you are angry with a customer, which can turn new customers away from your shop. It’s best to try to walk a line, expressing regret that the customer had the experience they did and emphasizing how you try to make all customers happy.

To learn more about the importance of online reviews and how your shop can easily grow its base of online reviews, contact us at  or call us at 866-665-1605 and ask for a link to our webinar Remarkable Service: Why Reviews are Important and How to Get Them.

Find quick, honest, and reliable work at Jim’s Auto Service!

August 8th, 2016

Since 1995 Jim’s Auto Service has provided the Glenside, PA area with honest and reliable repair work. Our goal is to offer the best services available at affordable prices to get you back on the road in no time.  Call us at (215) 884–6997 to schedule your vehicle maintenance, or stop by today at 20 W Glenside Ave Glenside, PA 19038 where we get it right the first time!