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Archive for September, 2016

Trouble Hiring Automotive Techs? You’re Not Alone!

September 30th, 2016

It’s getting harder and harder to attract technicians. We hear this from our customers all the time, so we decided to dig a little deeper into the problem. Our goal: to determine the source of the problem, so we could offer some suggestions on how to address it.

We found three major reasons that hiring is so difficult:

#1 – A study by tools manufacturer RIDGID in late 2014 found that only 6% of high school students hope to have a career in the skilled trades.  That six percent has to be split between plumbing, HVAC repair, welding, and countless other skilled trade professions – along with all of the automotive repair facilities in the United States.

This is leading to a shortage in skilled automotive technicians entering the field.  Worse, it’s indicative of a continuing challenge going forward, as older technicians retire and fewer young ones have an interest in replacing them.

#2 – Auto technicians are much more likely to be happy with their current job than most other people.  A payscale study way back in 2008 found that auto technicians were ranked the 8th happiest employees, and many of the jobs with happier employees were jobs of passion, like Clergy, Professional Actors and Special Education Teachers.  Even today, Auto Mechanics, on average, report being “very happy” with their jobs – much happier than most other employees.

This makes it difficult to attract great technicians to your shop.   Difficult however, does not mean impossible.  A previous post provides an infographic with suggestions on how to attract skilled technicians to your independent auto repair shop, and we’ll be covering these techniques more in future posts.

#3 According to a 2015 Manpower Group study, Skilled Trades Workers were the most difficult jobs to fill globally for the fourth year in a row.  They were also the most difficult jobs to fill in the US.  The second most difficult job to fill in the US was a technician role; these are defined as production/operations, engineering, and maintenance roles.  Collectively, these two job types describe the type of person you’re looking to hire for your shop.

If you’ve been wondering if all shops are having the same problems as yours – unfortunately, they are.  That makes it more important than ever that you’re giving your hiring efforts the time and energy they deserve.  If you’re hiring, that’s probably because you’re short-staffed – that means you’re probably already working overtime just to keep things running.  But it’s impossible to have a high-performing shop without great technicians.  Just a few months of staff shortage can really damage your reputation, both to customers and prospective employees. 

Stay tuned for more information on how to attract and hire great technicians, or email us at and ask us for the link to our most recent webinar about the topic.

Bernie’s Automotive | Best Auto Repair in the Peach State!

September 30th, 2016

 Bernie’s Automotive Inc has been providing comprehensive auto repair services to the Doraville/Atlanta area since 1996! Drop by our shop at  6475 Peachtree Industrial Blvd and meet our friendly staff. Our ASE Certified Mechanics provide services that include import and foreign vehicles, transmission repair, oil changes, factory scheduled maintenance, electrical diagnostics & repair, check engine light diagnostics & repair, and so much more. Count on us to take care of your vehicle & call 770-455-3800 today!

Car Care 1 is your One Stop Shop in Greensburg, PA!

September 29th, 2016

Car Care 1 is located at 5181 Route 30, Greensburg, PA 15601 and offers comprehensive auto repair for all makes and models of Domestic & Import vehicles. Make sure you call 724-832-0114 to set an appointment today because they stay super busy!

Honest & Trustworthy Mechanics are what you get at Ken Symer Automotive in Santa Barbara, CA!!

September 27th, 2016

What kind of mechanic talks you out of getting repairs when you’re at their shop?? An honest mechanic like Ken Symer at Ken Symer Automotive, THAT’S WHO! Give Josh or Ken a call today at 805-966-4461 or drop by shop at 421 N Nopal St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. You can always visit with the friendly Great Dane and Black Lab while you wait!

Trust the mechanics at Gatti Automotive for all your Automotive Repair Needs

September 23rd, 2016

Here at Gatti Automotive our technicians provide comprehensive auto repair services including factory scheduled maintenance, oil changes, brakes, a/c and heating services, engines, transmissions, and much more!  Come visit the shop today at 1718 Williamson Rd. NE Roanoke, VA 24012 and see how we can help you or call (540) 345-4969 to schedule your vehicle’s next factory scheduled maintenance.

Truck AG & Auto, Serving the Highway 377 area since 1982.

September 23rd, 2016

Stop by Truck AG & Auto 875 East South Loop Stephenville, TX 76401 and schedule your vehicle maintenance today!  Not only can you pick up your automotive parts and supplies but can get your vehicle serviced in the same shop!  Our services include car & truck care, inspections, emissions, brakes, engines, transmissions, 4x4s, A/C &  heating, diagnostics, fleet service, and much more.  Call us at (254) 965-4403 today to see what we can do for you.

How to Recruit Great Technicians

September 23rd, 2016

For several years now, finding qualified automotive technicians has ranked as one of the top challenges for independent repair shops. One of the most important ways to increase your pool of applicants is to build a solid job description that promotes the benefits of working at your shop.

Click on the infographic below to view some of the most common workplace benefits of independent repair shops.

Honest – Local – Trustworthy – Reliable | AutoClinicTexas

September 22nd, 2016

Family owned & operated AutoClinicTexas has been happily serving the residents of Spring, Texas and The Woodlands, Texas since 1993. You’ll be hard-pressed to find the same level of expertise that our auto mechanic specialists provide! We have years of experience working on both domestic and import vehicles of all makes and models. Our services include car & truck care, inspections, emissions, brakes, engines, transmissions, 4x4s, A/C &  heating, diagnostics, fleet service, and much more. Visit our shop conveniently located at 3118 Sawdust Road Spring, TX 77380 or call us at 281-367-4384. We look forward to meeting you!

Lindsey Bimmer Service European Auto Repair | Your Personal European Tech!

September 20th, 2016

Lindsey Bimmer Service European Auto Repair in Cedar Park, TX is the right place to get your European car fixed! Servicing Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mini, Porsche, Volkswagen! Call  512-296-4631 or visit our shop at 2003 North Bell Blvd. They look forward to meeting you in the 78613 area!

Trust Commonwealth Auto Repair Service for all your car maintenance needs!

September 20th, 2016

Commonwealth Auto Repair Service offers the best in auto repair services.  They can handle anything from the most basic filter replacements, oil changes, brake replacements to more involved electronic diagnoses and engine repairs.  Come visit the shop at 3053 US Highway 25 E Middlesboro KY 40965 or give them a call at (606) 248-7171  to schedule your next vehicle tune up today!