Starting and owning your own auto repair business can be deeply rewarding — but you should not stop at just making it profitable. Like all businesses, your shop must grow, or it dies. So, here are some tips on how to expand your shop when the time is right.
Get a low boy trailer.
Check with low loader trailer manufacturers for a trailer that allows you to get customer cars from their homes or the road to have them fixed. This will increase the number of people you can serve in the long run.
Of course, a trailer can be quite an expensive investment, so it is best to do get one when you are in a good position financially.
Partner up with taxi services.
It also helps to partner up with common carriers to build your auto service. It can be taxis, limousines, or private carriers. Thanks to cab- and private car-hailing apps, you can also tap into a completely new area of clients — those who work as part-time drivers for these carrier apps.
Enable online scheduling.
Make it possible for your customers to schedule an appointment via an online form. This is highly convenient not only for them but also for you. This makes it easier to manage your work.
Online scheduling also lets you maintain a steady stream of income. It also gives you the option of going to the car instead of the other way around. This is often ideal for routine maintenance services, such as an oil change or cleaning the air conditioner.
Of course, keep in mind that you should only expand your business when you are in a good position financially. Do not overextend yourself too soon as this can cause problems in the long run.