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Archive for September, 2018

Safety Auto Center Inc | Family Owned & Operated for Over 27 Years in Fort Myers, FL!

September 28th, 2018

For over 27 years, Safety Auto Center Inc has provided residents of Fort Myers with reliable and affordable automotive repair services, including: brakes, tires, engine maintenance, and much more. These guys always shoot you straight, and give you a great deal and exceptional service. Call 239-693-2600 today to schedule your appointment, or drop by 4722 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905 to see what they can help you with!

Darrell’s Auto Electric & Complete Auto Repair | Serving Brandon, MS Since 1989

September 27th, 2018

Darrell’s Auto Electric & Complete Auto Repair has experience servicing all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles, and we’re honored to keep vehicles throughout the Brandon, MS area reliable and well-maintained. To keep your vehicle running properly at all times, we offer a number of services including: Oil Changes, Vehicle Maintenance Services, Brakes, Alignments, Tires, Engine Repairs, Transmission Services, Auto A/C & Heating Services, Check Engine Light Diagnostics, and Vehicle Electronic Repairs. Call Darrell’s Auto Electric & Complete Auto Repair today at 601-825-1983 or stop by the shop at 125 Old Highway 80 – we look forward to becoming your go-to auto repair shop in Brandon, MS!

Auto Repair Shops Are Breaking Old Marketing Habits

September 26th, 2018

One of the definitions of traditional is habitually done.  Based on that, we may soon need to change the definition of traditional media.

Traditional media was once just print media, but has more recently been defined as newspapers, radio and television – all of the places that businesses used to advertise twenty years ago.  In the case of businesses, the yellow pages also fell into the traditional media advertising category – after all, those books are still printed on the same newsprint they used before the internet existed.

The problem is that every day, fewer and fewer people are engaging in traditional media.

In 1990, there were 62 million newspaper subscriptions in the United States – today, it’s 34 million.

In 2010, the average household watched 10 hours of TV.  That’s down to under 8 hours now.

AM/FM Radio listening has been flat for the past several years, but people born after 1995 are showing little interest in it, and advertising spending is declining because it’s difficult to target specific segments.

The yellow pages, meanwhile, has been rendered obsolete by the internet.  Some of these companies have gone bankrupt multiple times each in the past decade.

According to the results of Repair Shop Websites’ recent auto repair shop marketing study, repair shop owners have noticed, and they’re moving their money elsewhere.  When asked if shops were happy with the return on investment of traditional media activities (including TV, radio, newspapers, yellow pages, or billboards) only 26% responded favorably.  That’s not only because of the high numbers of dissatisfied users – it’s because 46% of shop owners said they used none of the traditional media for marketing!

Compare this to online search, where only 6% report not using it for marketing purposes.  The reality is that nearly every business is listed online now – even those without a website – and that they receive at least some business from the internet.  In fact, 48% of all surveyed shops found online search to be the most effective source of leads.  Traditional media, meanwhile, was rated the best ROI marketing activity by only 10% of shops.

In short, online advertising is fast becoming the traditional form of shop advertising.  Traditional media, meanwhile, is fast approaching an unwelcome designation – old media.

To learn how Repair Shop Websites can bring you a great return on your investment, call us at 866-665-1605 or email us at

The Plains Service Center

September 26th, 2018

The Plains Service Center has been a staple of the The Plains automotive scene since 2013. We’ve spent this time proudly serving the The Plains area and have become a valued part of the community. We have experience servicing all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles, and we’re honored to keep vehicles throughout the The Plains area reliable and well-maintained. Our services include check engine light diagnostics, oil changes, alignments, brakes, tires, Virgina State Inspections, A/C services, and more! Call us at 540-253-5251 or visit us at 4229 Bragg St, The Plains VA 20198. The best auto repair in The Plains!

Royal Auto Repair | You drive it, We fix it!

September 25th, 2018

Royal Auto Repair has the knowledge to service and repair even the most challenging auto problems on all makes and models of domestic, classic, and import vehicles. We offer a number of services in the Lancaster, MA area including: Oil Changes, General Maintenance, Brakes, Tires, Electronic Services, 4×4 Services, Vehicle Diagnostics, Alignments, Tires, Engine Repairs, and Transmission Repairs. Stop in the shop at 60 Packard St or give us a call at 978-365-3622 to let us know how we can help you!

M&S Automotive | We Fix Cars Right The First Time, The Old Fashioned Way!

September 25th, 2018

M&S Automotive, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the place to take your vehicle for all maintenance and repairs. They pride themselves by fixing cars right the first time, and the old fashioned way. Some of their services include oil changes, maintenance, tires, engine maintenance, brakes and much more! They are a friendly shop so stop on by at 3633 W Burnham St or call them at 414-727-7475!

Farence Automotive | Best Shop in the Halifax, PA Area!

September 25th, 2018

With over 35 years experience, Farence Automotive provides residents in the Halifax, PA area with alignment, brake repair, and engine maintenance services. They also perform PA State and Motorcycle Inspections! Call 717-896-3267 to schedule an appointment today, or drop by the shop located at 127 Sheetz Rd, Halifax, PA 17032. The friendly service and great prices will keep you coming back for all of your automotive needs!

J & D Diesel ~ Your Diesel Specialists in Fort Lauderdale, FL | Over 50 years Experience!

September 24th, 2018

J & D Diesel in Fort Lauderdale, FL specializes in Ford Powerstroke Diesel Engine Repair & Maintenance. With over 50 years experience in the industry, they are the best shop in the Fort Lauderdale area, providing not only diesel repair, but also auto maintenance and repair for most domestic and import vehicles as well. Call 954-908-1473 for an appointment today, or drop by the shop located at 210 SW 14th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315.

Measuring Auto Repair Shop Business Health? Check These Three Ratios

September 24th, 2018

Running a repair shop is time consuming.  After dealing with repairs, parts orders, customer questions, marketing, employee issues, and bills, there’s sometimes not enough time or mental energy left to dedicate to high-level business management.  But if you can’t regularly find the time to work on your business, you might not be working in your business for long, either.

This is why it’s important to have a few quick metrics that can help you quickly figure out what parts of your business need the most attention.  If you track these metrics monthly, you’ll be able to see if specific parts of your business are calling out for help.

Quick Ratio

The Quick Ratio measures how well you can cover your liabilities.  First, add up the assets that you could turn into cash within a month or so if you needed to do so – cash, investments, unpaid customer bills.  Now divide this amount by the total cost of all bills you have due within the year.

Any number over one means you can cover a years’ worth of bills.  As this number sinks further towards zero, it means that an unexpected expense could leave your business in dangerous territory.  Whatever your quick ratio is, tracking it monthly ensures that your business doesn’t slowly creep towards insolvency without you noticing.

New Customers to Total Customers

As we’ve discussed many times on this blog, returning customers are generally better customers – they’re less likely to be coupon-clippers, more likely to trust your recommendations and more likely to refer you to other customers.  A repair shop that can convert a high number of their first-time customers into returning customers will likely generate a healthy profit over time.

For well-established shops, however, it can become easy to coast.  If nearly all of your customers are returning customers, you might not be marketing enough to continue to grow – or even to maintain the same revenue level.  You want to make sure that at least some of the customers you see each month are new customers, so you can offset the existing customers that stop visiting your shop for one reason or another.

That’s why it’s a good idea to know what percentage of your customers are new customers.  There’s no magic ratio – that depends on your shop age, growth goals and types of service you provide.  But if it’s trending in either direction unexpectedly, it’s time to stop and consider whether you’re satisfied with that transition or you need to take some corrective action.

Hours Billed to Hours Paid

No shop is perfectly scheduled.  And even if it was, no technician can work jobs 100% of the time – workstations need to be cleaned up, information needs to move from your service writer to your technicians, and sometimes you just need a cup of coffee to crank out another hour of work.

One thing is certain, though – if you’re paying your technicians for multiple hours per day that they’re not working on a billable project, then you’re going to lose money.  That’s why it’s important to measure what percentage of each of your employees’ work hours are billable.

If that number is much below 80%, it’s probably worth your attention.  There are plenty of causes.  You might not have enough customers to keep your technicians busy.  You might have plenty of customers, but schedule them badly.  Your technicians also might not be thinking about this number – and if you start paying attention to it, it’s like they will too.

If you can get this number in the 80 to 90 percent range without compromising a positive shop culture, your shop will increase its profit in a major way.  Other than the marketing expense to attract a few new customers (if that’s even necessary), this extra efficiency is pure profit.

To learn how Repair Shop Websites helps its customers succeed, call us at 866.665.1605 or email us at

May Automotive LLC ~ Quality Automotive Repair in San Diego, CA

September 20th, 2018

Here at May Automotive LLC, Kalamazoo MI, we take pride in providing professional and honest auto repair service to all our customers. Whether you need an alignment, brake repair, tires, engine maintenance, heating and cooling services, electrical services, electronic services, or oil changes, you have found the best auto repair shop for quality automotive repair. Stop by our shop located at 734 Portage St, Kalamazoo MI 49001, and let us get you up and running in tip top shape or call us at (269) 381-6250 to make an appointment. You won’t be disappointed.