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
What is the best car loan available? That is an impossible question to answer because consumers vary quite dramatically in their income and credit histories. Basically this means that the best loans are those that meet the individual needs and abilities of the borrower.
Most car loans will come with a specific interest rate and a set repayment period. These are often flexible factors during the purchasing process, and the final results can depend on many things. For instance, someone might have a hefty down payment against the purchase price of a car. At such times the lender is usually going to extend very favorable terms because their risk has been reduced quite measurable.
Does this mean that the best car loan is going to go only to someone with a lot of cash at hand? Not really because there are many types of lenders that include bad credit lenders, and even those who offer refinancing and used car loans too. The way to get the best loan for your needs is to first understand exactly what those needs might be.
Consider your household budget, the length of time you are willing to have a car payment, and the total amount you will eventually pay for the loan under the terms you have created. For example, you might want to extend your loan by a year or two to keep the monthly payments lower, but this might mean that you pay over a thousand dollars more for the car because of the extra year or two of interest.
The way to begin the search for the best car loan for your needs is to find vehicles that fit into your price range. The Internet is a great tool for conducting any research around the purchase of a new vehicle, and it doesn’t even require you to head out to a dealership to get most of your answers!
After that it is a question of determining if you have a down payment, and what percentage of the vehicle purchase price it might represent. Then, you can use one of the many online loan calculators to see how the different interest rates and terms reflect on the monthly payment amount and the total purchase price of the car. Doing this can really demonstrate the best car loan for your needs and will help you immensely when it comes time to begin seeking out lenders to give you the funding that you will require.…Read more
Over the years, Sports Utility Vehicle or SUV is one of the vehicles most likely to require replacement parts compared to others. Because these muscular animals are made to roam the streets, duels that are consistent with nature can cause some damage and bruising. An SUV also contains more moving parts than a normal vehicle, thereby increasing the chance of failure and damage to parts.
The spirit of an SUV states that if you don’t use it for off-road and to conquer natural terrain, you are actually abusing it. This vehicle is made to explore off-road tracks. The sensation of driving an SUV in extreme terrain and admiring the ease that goes beyond natural obstacles is one that is worth experiencing again and again. But there is definitely a catch in the long run.
The consistent use of off-road and one-on-one sessions with nature for a long time is bound to leave some marks. The SUV ranks high among all other types of vehicles in terms of repairs. This vehicle contains complicated machines both mechanical and electronic and over time, this engine does need maintenance, repair and replacement.
Although SUVs from large manufacturers come with special service guarantees and support, partial replacements and large repairs cost a bomb that can make a hole in your wallet. If you don’t care about costs, you can go ahead and order genuine parts or OEM parts directly from your SUV manufacturer, but if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on repair and replacement parts, you certainly have other options.
If you have a relatively old SUV, now is the time for you to act smart. You need to realize whether investing extra money for new parts and repair companies makes sense considering the stage of your vehicle. Even if you have a smashing new SUV, new OEM parts as a replacement are not the best choice all the time. As an alternative, switching to cheap aftermarket parts is also not a good idea given the fact that they can cancel all manufacturer warranties and most SUV manufacturers forbid their use.
If you want to broaden your horizons and think rationally, you can consider buying original used car parts made by your car manufacturer and not canceling the warranty. These are OEM parts that have been used on other vehicles that may have the same brand and model. Buying used car parts can be the best decision because this is not aftermarket and usually costs about a third the price of their new counterparts.
It is indeed a wise decision if we take into account that these parts are available online at the click of a button, can be sent to your doorstep at no charge and usually also carry a guarantee. Another added advantage is that unlike aftermarket parts, this is quality that has been tested and can be installed by your local mechanic. If you add the availability of special customer support in this equation, that surely means the …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