I sort of wonder what the IRS would say if they know that I have been working on this car a good percentage of the last year instead of working in the shop. Of course the boss owns the machine shop and the rest of the factory, and I work for him. It is pretty clear that he does not really care what they think or more likely he thinks that they are too busy to chase him. At any rate the last thing was to go to https://www.theplateman.net/custom-show-plates/ and get a set of front and back license plates with the company name on it.. They are made to look like 1957 plates for this state and obviously we only use them after we get to the car show. It is a really sweet looking 1957 Chevy Nomad, which is probably the coolest station wagon that was ever built.…Read more
I had my registration plates from the first day I bought my car. That was nine years ago, and I thought the plates would actually outlast the car. The car is still in great shape though, and I don’t have to even think about replacing it any time soon. In fact, I have not even had to make any major repairs to it in the nine years I have had it. However, I did have to find a top number plate maker online because I needed to get replacement registration plates, and I needed them fast.
I went out to my car the other morning, and I was surprised when I saw the plates. Someone had damaged them so I could not even read the numbers on them if I did not already know them. It angered me that someone would destroy my property this way, but I was also thankful that they had kept the vandalism just to the plates.…Read more
Whenever you think of the word ‘coupon’ you probably think discount. As an auto repair shop owner you’ve probably created a lot of ads or at least seen them where it includes a coupon. It’s either something like ‘Get 10% off some service” or ‘Get $10 off this’ or maybe the good old standard; ‘Mention this ad for a 10% discount’. Whatever the coupon or offer was, you probably stopped doing it because of the poor redemption rates.
Mobile marketing and mCoupons (coupons delivered by text messaging) has changed all of that. In fact, some reports show that mobile coupons have redemption rates that are 10x that of any other format of coupon, online or off. It’s for that reason, as an auto repair shop owner, you really need to get serious about taking your business mobile and using Text Message Marketing.
You can create several different types of coupons. Some examples are:
1) OTO or ONE TIME OFFERS: Great for attracting new customers or building your base of repeat customers.
2) DAILY DEALS: Make it a Tuesday Special – Pick the day of the week that is typically your slowest and make an offer to build your car count those days. Wouldn’t you rather be doing a bunch of discounted work than none at all?
3) FREE Trial Offers: Do you have a new service or product? Create a free trial with a limited number offered (to inspire a quick response) and set a deadline too.
4) SPECIAL PRICING OFFERS: Tie them into holidays! As an example, you can target your customers for a Thanksgiving Special. Build your car count around national holidays and other special events
5) CONTESTS AND GIVE-A-WAYS: What about making an offer for the first 50 people to visit and get an oil change receives an insulated travel mug? You make the offer that suites you, but there’s the idea.
6) CREATIVE COUPONS: The first customer wearing ‘whatever’ receives something special. Make the number of customers whatever you’re comfortable with.
7) YOUR ‘GROUPON’ OR DAILY DEAL OFFERS: Do you promote your auto repair shop on daily deal sites like Groupon or Living Social? IF you do, you can make it really powerful for your shop when you include the requirement to ‘Text’ for the redemption code. That way, everyone who purchased the coupon from the website will be on your Text Messaging list because they have to get the ‘redemption code’. You can continue to market to them long after the Groupon coupons have been redeemed.
There’s countless strategies to use mCoupons or Mobile Coupons to build your business and increase your car count. There are just a few – Let your imagination run wild and then prepare for the stampede of customers!…Read more
Every car gets a scratch here and there. Whether you get a scratch from someone keying your car or a tree branch swipes against the side, you’re going to find that a scratch no matter how big or small may be pretty tough to get rid of. If you want to get yourself a shot at removing some scratches, I wanted to give you some tips on how you can potentially remove it.
Keep in mind that if you don’t feel comfortable, you’re going to want to hire a pro. Sometimes you may find that you can do more harm than good. Listed below are some tips that you can take at your own risk.
Grab some rubbing compound with wax
Head to your local auto shop and get some rubbing compound, as well as some wax. What you’re going to want to do is polish the scratch very lightly. You don’t want to rub too hard because you may do more damage than good. Make sure that you rub this in a circular motion.
After you wax it, you’re going to want to wash it away with a wax cleaner or your favorite wash. Completely wash the area until its clean. After the area is clean again, you will want to grab a sponge and buff it was your wax. Again, always do this in a circular motion and not side to side.
Once this is all said and done, you will want to use a soft terry towel and dry the wax away. After this is done, you should see a fairly good improvement.
Grab some touch up paint
At your local auto shop, you should be able to get someone to help you with the paint to match it up to your car. Paint can do the trick but what you will find is that if it doesn’t match up too well, you may have a different looking color. This is something that you don’t want!
What you’re going to want to do once you find a paint that match is apply a touch up to the spot. After it dries, you will want to remove any excess that you may have. Polish it up, wash away with a cloth. After the pain it removed, you can wash, wax, and repeat. It may look better than before. If you don’t see a difference, you will probably want to move onto another step.
These are all tips you can try on your own. Remember, if you don’t feel comfortable, you will want to resort to a pro that can get the job done at 100%. The only downfall is that it may cost an extra buck or two, but you may find it well worth it.…Read more
You don’t need to be an artist to be a great automotive painting and body technician. But if the following points describe you, then automotive training programs could be the right route for you!
YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A HANDS-ON CAREER
You can’t get more hands-on than automotive training programs. All of the courses to become an auto painting and body tech involve hands-on training to develop the essential experience needed to enter the profession. Learning how to paint a car will involve training in a wide variety of areas. You can expect learning things like:
- automotive refinishing prep tools and shop procedures
- surface preparation
- repairing small dents in cars
- the refinishing of plastic car parts
- masking procedures
- introduction to the refinishing procedures involved
- the tools and equipment used in the profession
- learning the welding technology used
- sheet metal repair
- learning the technology involved in vehicle construction and plastic repair
Once in the work field, you will take this knowledge and apply it to hands-on tasks like:
- the repairing of minor damages on vehicles
- preparing vehicles for painting; masking and priming
- collision or restorative work, or even designing and creating custom paint jobs
- removing parts, damaged fenders, doors, panels, and grills
- repairing the structure of vehicles
YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A JOB WITH EARNINGS GROWTH
The pay structure for a Refinishing Prep and Auto Body Technician allows for plenty of room to have an earnings growth. This is because many auto shops charge a flat rate system, but the technicians are paid a fixed rate even if they complete their work in less time than was initially budgeted.
The latest information provided from Statistics Canada states that 96% of those employed in automotive painting auto body work are currently experiencing earnings growth and are also working full time. What’s more, the average pay for Collision Repair technicians is between $40, 000 and $ 56, 000. Automotive training programs remain the best way to enter into this world of earnings growth.
YOU ARE LOOKING FOR JOB SECURITY
Auto Body Technicians and Automotive Refinishing Prep Technicians are two areas that are both in constant demand. Good automotive training programs will focus on the development of the job skills required to guarantee successful entry into this career sector.
Graduates of automotive training programs can count on entering a promising industry. The Automotive Industry remains one of the most important in North America. There is lots of competition, significant advances in technology (including “green initiatives”) and a continuous demand to repair and service the some 500 million cars that are circulating on the roads. This is all to say that enrolling in automotive training programs can practically ensure that you get an employment.
Areas where you can find employment include:
- new car dealerships
- collision repair facilities
- custom specialty shops
- facilities that handle heavy duty truck repairs
- you can even become an entrepreneur and own your own shop
Find out more about painting and auto body technician programs.…Read more
Graduation day is upon you. Soon, you will be forced to separate from all the wonderful people you have met on your auto mechanic course. Automotive schools can help mark this bittersweet transition by hosting a party for new graduates, before they disperse into the big wide world of life after automotive technician training. Suggested theme: cars.
Music for Auto Training Schools Graduation Parties
There are so many songs – new and old – about cars. Have fun with your choices. Hire a DJ or ask a student volunteer to draft a car-themed playlist.
Some ideas of songs for a brand new auto mechanic: ‘Course, you’ll have your own suggestions.
Anything by Mike and the Mechanics
Melancholy Mechanics by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Riding In My Car by Woody Guthrie
Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car by Billy Ocean
Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode
Mustang Sally, you choose your favourite version
I Drove All Night by Cyndi Lauper
Little Deuce Coupe by The Beach Boys
Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
Pink Cadillac by Bruce Springsteen
Little Red Corvette by Prince
Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin
My Hooptie by Sir Mix-a-Lot
Drive Like I Never Been Hurt by Ry Cooder
Safe and Sound by Hawksley Workman
Attire for Automotive Colleges Graduation Parties
There are different approaches you could take to dress code, depending on the desired vibe. One suggestion is to mix it up:
black tie and trucker caps
automotive technician training coveralls and top hats
Ambiance for Auto Training Colleges Graduation Parties
silently project Steve McQueen race scenes onto the wall
hang black and white racing flags around the bar
have the emcee speak into a CB radio
write “pit stop” on the bathroom door
Food for Automotive Colleges Graduation Parties
combine peanuts, cereal squares and pretzel bits with Worcestershire sauce to create the classic Nuts and Bolts party mix
serve salad with dressing (salad dressing is a “suspension”)
serve Sidecar and Cable Car cocktails at the bar (remember to encourage auto mechanic course classmates to drink responsibly. Make sure your event is accessible by public transit, or negotiate a deal with a local taxi service, if necessary.)
for novelty, arrange an engine-block cooking demo in the parking lot of your auto mechanic course party
serve ice cream in miniature sundae glasses decked out with mandarin oranges to look like car race trophies
At the end of the evening, see all the new graduates of your automotive school out the door with a carbon credit in their hand (to offset the emissions created during the event). Next challenge: planning your first automotive technician training reunion!…Read more
For many hardworking men and women, bed credit can have a very bad effect on your life. No matter the reasons, bad credit can add stress and difficulty to an already stressful financial situation. And for some people, bad credit makes getting a new vehicle very difficult. Here are some reasons people develop bad credit and some ways you can get a vehicle, even if your credit is less than perfect.
Here are just a few common causes of bad credit:
Job Loss – Losing your job and needing to pay expenses with a credit card can be one of the easiest ways for bad credit to build up.
Divorce – A divorce may leave you stuck with legal fees, housing you cannot afford, or being stuck with your ex’s bills or debt.
Illness, Accident or Death – Whether you yourself are sick or in an accident, or there is a death in the family, having to pay large bills at an unexpected time can really hit your credit score hard.
Bad Spending – Sometimes people just spend too much. Whether it’s shopping (clothes, computers, TVs, etc.) or other poor spending decisions, bad credit can sneak up on anyone.
So once you’ve fallen into a hole of bad credit, how can you get yourself out to buy a new car? To get a new job or to get to work, people need a vehicle for transportation. But to get a new vehicle, credit problems can be difficult to overcome. For many people, this can be a difficult circle to get out of.
One solution is to get a new car through a “buy here, pay here” car lot. These types of dealers specialize in automobile financing for people who are suffering from bad credit or have never established any credit at all.
Depending on the dealer, some buy here, pay here dealerships not only offer customers with poor credit a chance at getting a perfectly good used vehicle, but they also help them build their credit score back up through consistent payments and a commitment to seeing their customers succeed.
It is always important to research your options before buying a vehicle, but if you are struggling with poor credit or no credit at all, a buy here, pay here (or “tote-the-note”) dealer may be your best option. And be sure to look for dealers that offer fair payments and includes a warranty to go with your new used vehicle. You should also make sure they report your payments to the credit. Many small dealers don’t report payments, so you never get a chance to improve your credit.…Read more