Repairing cars can guarantee that you have a job for pretty much your entire life. After all, if you live in a big city, or even if you don’t for that matter, every resident is going to need somebody to work on their vehicle. If you specialize, you’ll likely always be in demand.
However, the margins in the auto repair business aren’t always great, and that’s why some businesses go through lean times. This year, make sure you do everything you can to maximize your profits while giving your customers a good deal and quality repairs.
1. Use auto body parts suppliers that you can trust and build a relationship with them. After you’ve been ordering for a few years you may be able to ask for a price break simply because you’re a loyal customer. That can save you money, and that can mean more money in your pocket for the same repairs you were already doing.
2. Buy only quality parts for your customers. It might seem efficient and resourceful to buy cheaper products, but your customers won’t come back to you. Most consumers are relatively savvy when it comes to auto parts because of the internet.
3. Avoid doing jobs that you’re not familiar with, or outsource those to somebody else. Doing a job you don’t know how to do well can result in you having to redo it, and that can cost you some serious money. You’ll also put in much longer hours.