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The Truth About Automotive Repair Shops

Posted on June 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

Let’s face it – entrepreneurs only start a business for one reason – to make money. Why would someone go through all the expense, risk, and pain of starting a company if there wasn’t hope of significant reward? I’m not saying that everyone is money hungry or greedy, but I am saying that a business is there to make money.

An automotive service shop is a business. In order to keep running, they need to make money. Most shops employ a salesman, also known as a service writer whose primary duties include writing up customers, communicating between the customer and the mechanic, some even inspect vehicles with the technicians, and most importantly, selling service to ensure company profitability. Like any good salesman should, they will befriend you and recommend services to “help” you out.

Here’s what most people don’t know about service advisors – they are paid in commissions. Like any other salesman, the more they sell, the more they get paid. Thankfully there are a lot of good people out there who truly want to do you right and keep your business. However, for every honest automotive service representative that’s out there today, there are 9 more that only care for their paycheck.

The U.S. Economy has seen better days. Unfortunately, as money becomes scarce, more people will result to any means in order to make a buck. Look at the rise in scams taking place today. A prime example is the lottery scams where you receive an e-mail or telephone call saying you have received a large sum of money, but you must send money first to receive your fake “winnings”. Or the latest “loan scam” where a company says they can loan you around $5,000 with bad or no credit, but you must pay the first few payments up front.

The BBB (Better Business Bureau) was developed to protect consumers from businesses that have repeatedly done customers wrong. Also, some states such as California took it a step further and developed the BAR (Bureau of Automotive Repair), to protect consumers from shady shops. Unfortunately, these services usually only catch the worst of the worst, and a lot of shops still get away with bad business.

So what can you do to protect yourself? Find a shop you are familiar with or that has a good rapport with their customers. Even though it can be time-consuming, shop around for pricing to keep them honest. Research and come up with a service plan that suites your needs. Lastly, always get second or even third-party opinions, even when it comes to that mechanic you have known for years. Or if you would prefer a professional to protect you when it comes to maintaining and repairing your vehicle, seek out a company like Auto Service Security. Spending a little extra time, may save you a lot of money and hassle.

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How to Be 99.9% Certain You Will Find an Ethical Printer for Your Auto Service Reminder Stickers

Posted on June 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

One major category of decals is automotive decals and stickers, which include service stickers such as the oil change reminder decals. There are lots of uses for auto stickers, from licensing to parking permits to oil change reminders, although most automotive service companies we’ve found prefer to use static cling reminder stickers.

If you’ve ever handed out free stickers to kids, you’ve probably heard their Mom or Dad say something like, “Now Johnny, make sure you don’t stick that on something without asking permission.” Well, some of these stickers (especially cheap give-away kids stickers) are made with adhesives so strong that it’s really difficult to get it off of something it’s stuck on, and sometimes almost impossible.

The Primary Usage

The oil change sticker is primarily used as a temporary decal, so it stands to reason that both the owner of the vehicle and the service company would want the oil change decal to be easily removed and replaced with a new service reminder sticker every time customers bring their car in.

Static cling automotive decals for your service company’s oil change reminder label simply make sense, don’t they?

The short answer is yes. Almost. There are varying thicknesses of static cling automotive stickers for your oil change labels, but as long as you’re in the 7 to 8 mil range, these labels should stick just fine.

How to Do Your Own Research

More importantly, I believe, is who you are going to hire to make your car decals and stickers for an oil change sticker. There are three sites you should check to make sure the printer of your auto decal stickers is a solid company. Don’t just check one of these, as none is a good as a standalone, in my experience.

a. First, check out your auto decals stickers printer at bbb.org.

Since the material used for an oil change decal is roughly equivalent, you just want to make sure you’re hiring a good print company. And not all print companies have equivalent business ethics.

b. Do a Background check on sites like ripoffreport.com.

Since I personally have not found the Better Business Bureau to be 100% reliable, I would recommend that if you’re checking out companies to print your automotive decals and stickers that you also check out ripoffreport.com.

While the oil change stickers aren’t a big-ticket item, no one wants to get ripped off, so if you Google the prospective printing company’s name, and on the first or second page of Google their name comes up on the aforementioned site, you may want to see what the complaint is.

If there is only one complaint regarding the potential decal printer, it’s probably not much to worry about, especially if the BBB record is clean for the oil change reminder sticker printing firm.

c. Do further company check on sites like complaintsboard.com

However, you might also want to check the automotive decals and stickers printer on one other site. I personally like ComplaintsBoard.com, although you can check out other consumer watchdog sites regarding any future label printer, just to make sure your prospective company has good customer service policies.

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Automotive and Diesel Career Training Options

Posted on June 2, 2019 in Uncategorized

Gaining the education necessary to work with a variety of automotives can be done by enrolling in an accredited educational automotive and diesel training program. Students can receive the training they need by pursuing an accredited education from a number of available technical or trade schools. Automotive and diesel career training programs allow students to learn to be a variety of automotive professionals. Students can earn certificates or a variety of degrees ranging from an associate to a masters level. There are a number of things to learn prior to enrolling in an accredited technical school.

1) There are numerous educational opportunities for those seeking a career in the automotive industry. Students can train for careers in:

  • auto body
  • automotive service management
  • NASCAR

…and much more. With an accredited educational automotive and diesel training program students can for employment as:

  • motorcycle mechanics
  • diesel mechanics
  • automotive service technicians
  • auto body workers
  • automotive service managers

…and many other exciting positions. Educational training programs can help students prepare for careers in a number of industries.

2) Coursework will vary by program but may include the study of various subjects like:

  • welding
  • brakes
  • transmissions
  • physics
  • drive systems
  • body painting
  • engines

…and much more. Studies will also depend on each individual students desired level of education and career. Specific areas of study may consist of subjects like:

  • refinishing
  • steering
  • electronics
  • customer service
  • climate control

…and many other related courses. By studying these subjects students can learn all the necessary skills and knowledge needed to enter into the workforce prepared.

3) Students can train to work with a variety of automotives with an accredited education in the field. Learning will allow students to be able to work on:

  • stock cars
  • dirt bikes
  • buses
  • motorcycles
  • cranes
  • mopeds
  • tractor trailers

…and much more. Educational career programs provide students with the training needed to pursue employment in:

  • auto body shops
  • dealerships
  • manufacturers
  • trucking companies
  • maintenance shops

…and much more. With an accredited degree students can enter the workforce prepared to succeed in their desired position.

Continuing education certificates are available to those looking to further their education in a specific area of the field. Students who choose to earn an accredited education in this field can do so by enrolling in a variety of trade schools. Accreditation is a programs proof that students will receive the quality education they need to succeed in their desired career. Agencies like the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (http://www.asscs.org/) and others are approved to fully accredit various educational programs. Students can learn more about the degree or certificate of their choice by researching available automotive and diesel training programs. By enrolling today students can start the path to an exciting new career. Learn more by requesting information regarding the career of your choice.

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