How To Find A Great Auto Repair Shop

Don’t choose a shop just because of convenience. Once you have determined that the shop is qualified, Convenience is a plus. But only after has a good reputation and backs up their work with a good warranty. Remember that a good shop may be convenient but the most convenient shop may not necessarily be the best shop for you.

Don’t pick a shop based on “special offers”. OK, we all do it. It seems to be the market trend nowadays. You want your shop to be competitive, of course. But even more important you need to have the job done right. Unfortunately it is all too common for many shops to bring the car in the door with a loss leader and then charge a higher amount as the work progresses. This is due somewhat to the nature of the industry. But, if you see a price that seems unrealistically low it probably is. You will be better off going with a shop that gives you professional service and backs up their work. Quality will win out over low price every time. The savings will come with a longer lasting and more trouble free repair.

Don’t pick a shop just because they look like “good old boys”. Poor choice. Some of those good old boys are great. Others have never moved out of the past and can’t cope with today’s vehicles very well. Get recommendations and proof of qualifications rather than looking for a good old boy shop.

Choosing a shop based on a low “labor rate”. This is one of the worst ways to choose a shop. Price shopping for a service this way just does not make sense. There are just too many variables. Only one of those is the price. And the final price may not be even remotely related to the “labor rate”. If you need an idea of cost just ask for that and not the labor rate. If you base your buying decision on the “labor rate” you may find a shop that gives you a low rate, takes longer and charges you more for the job than you would have paid at a higher rate shop. The end result could be a shoddy job for about the same price as you could have paid for a professional one.

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Is this A Good Time To Sell Your Body Shop Business?

Have you ever asked yourself the question? “Is this a good time to sell my business?” That is a question every business owner asks himself, every time he has a bad day. I once received e-mail from the editor of the Auto Body News, asking me that key question. “What is happening in the market today? Is this a good time to sell? ” My quick answer was “These are very interesting times.”

Of course that answer doesn’t tell you anything that you can get your teeth into. So! Let me clarify my answer. Since I have been selling body shops for nearly 5 years, I have seen many changes in the body shop industry. One thing that hasn’t changed is that there have always been an abundance of both sellers and buyers. The buyers have always been, and still are picky about what they were looking for.

The perfect shop in the eyes to the buyers is (A) one that has a customer base and a revenue stream that is reliable and isn’t dependent on the owner being there to retain each individual customer, and. (B) doing a volume of at least $100,000 per month, but really much more. Large volume sellers think that if they have a DRP (Direct Repair Program. This is where the insurance companies set up a relationship with the body shop to do all their clients business. Much like an HMO in health insurance) contract, they have what the buyers want.

This may be true but the contracts are not automatically transferable, and a buyer will be very unhappy if the DRP leaves after paying money for this “reliable revenue stream.” Smaller volume sellers, on the other-hand, not having corporate accounts, dealerships or other contracts still have hopes of getting lot of money for their shops. The average shop I run across is only doing about $300,000-$500,000 annual gross income. So what we have is a situation where a lot of buyers are looking to buy a shop, but there are not a lot of shops available, that fit what they are interested in.

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Budgeting for Holiday Travel and Entertainment – Keep Holiday Expenses Under Control

What are the things that come to mind when the Christmas season is near? Gifts, entertainment, travel-anything and everything that necessarily requires you to shell out not just a few bucks but even the entire contents of your bank account. But that’s when you’re lucky enough to have some money stashed away in the bank. For most people, it can mean overusing their credit cards leading to outrageous credit card balances even before the holiday is over.

You may think that talking about your credit score during Christmas when everybody should think of happy thoughts is out of sync. It is. However, it is better to be aware of how your credit rating is doing even before you have the chance to spend your entire life’s income for one season alone.

Christmas is the great time to travel as long as you do not go overboard when spending cash or worse—using your plastic. Despite the fact that majority of Americans are open to the idea of spending less during the holidays, a National Retail Federation survey shows that the average American individual projects to spend at least $817 for shopping, travel and other Christmas-related expenditures!

Americans have become so dependent on plastic that their total credit card balances amount to over $600 billion. This propensity to spend more and incurring holiday debts is evident with a 2003 survey conducted by the Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. which shows that at least 54% of those who have incurred Christmas debts during the previous Christmas were still paying off their credit card balances by November 2003.

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Safety and Entertainment During Car Journeys With Your Baby and Toddler

How to keep your baby and toddler safe and entertained whilst travelling in your car!

As a Mum of (almost) three and frequent traveller to visit family and friends all over the country I have a fair amount of experience in this. I remember our first long-distance car journey with my eldest. Snugly sitting in her rear-facing car seat, she quickly got bored looking at the rear seat, hearing her parents but not being able to see us. I had brought some soft baby toys for her to play with but these were quickly discarded and irretrievably lost – to me strapped in at the front but also to her strapped into the back.

What particularly bothered me was that because my daughters’ seat was rear-facing I could not make eye contact with her to try and entertain or calm her down as she became more and more frustrated and bored with sitting in the car. After I had given her a bottle or snack during one of our frequent stops along the way I was also worried about her choking and bringing up the food whilst I could not monitor this from the front of the car.

Like most parents, I learnt to adapt our car journeys to the needs of our kids much better over time. One of the great inventions I came across was the LUCA car mirror. This straps around the head rest of the back seat and the angled mirror allows your baby to look at herself as well as keep eye-contact with yourself in the driver seat.

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Top 10 Shop Fittings Questions and Answers

Setting up a high street store can be more complicated than it seems. Above everything you need a well structured plan of action. Assuming that you have a good plan of action and have done all the researching and have the funding needed to set up your shop here is a check list that will aid you with one of the most important sections of your store, the shop fittings and display units.

After premises and stock buying, fittings represent one of the biggest slices in the expenditure pie when setting up a new high street shop. The check list below will help you avoid some common mistakes as well as choose the right fixtures for your shop.

1. Have I found a premise?

First and foremost you need a well located premise for your store. No good setting up a stunning shop where nobody can see it or find it. I know that establishments in very busy streets have high rental prices but that will be money well spent.

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