Service Bays Are Shifting
Since 1999 the total number of service bays has increased slightly. The most important change has been the distribution of these service bays. Here are the winners and losers: Dealerships, general repair and Service stations have decreased bays by 49 and 57 percent respectively while independent specialists and domestic specialist have increased service bays by 22% and 42%. Tires stores have increased by 11%.
Auto Repair Shop Survey 2018
Survey indicates more improvement in the auto repair do-it-for-me (DIFM) sector. Over 80% of repair shops responded that year over year business was up or the same.
The Worst Of The 2007 Crisis Is Finally Passing
Good news for the auto repair industry. Car counts are finally returning to pre-recession levels. The 2007 recession and the cash for clunkers (remember that fiasco) drove car counts down for aftermarket repairers over the last 3 years. The bottom of the trough was 2017. The industry is now on an upswing.
Technician Wages On The Rise
Since 2015, technician wages have been on the rise. The average tech in 2015 was earning 17.03. In 2016 (latest figures available) the average technician is now at 18.50 per hour.
2018 IRSS Training
The 15th annual Independent Repair Shop Summit was hosted by Ramac Industries on the weekend of Oct 6-7. A big shout out to over 100 of the best Volvo techs and shops who attended. We would also like to thank our great instructors who made this event a great learning experience. We look forward to more training seminars next year. Here are some of the attendees comments:
BOSCH Wiper Blade - Get Ready For The Rainy Season
Purchase 50 BOSCH wiper blades and get a free wall mounted wiper rack and 10 Free Blades.
Purchase 100 BOSCH wiper blades and get a free rolling wiper rack and 20 Free Blades.
Win a Harley Sportster
We will automatically enter you into next month's drawing. For every 50 dollars spent on selected brands, we will automatically enter you into the drawing. See details on our website.
TPMS Tool Promotion
Buy 16 Universal TPMS Sensors and get a free TPMS scan tool.
New Chat Feature
If you are like most of our partners, you need information and you need it now. We now have a live chat feature on our new website. Great for getting live stock checks, brands or fitment information.
New Website Coming Very Soon
You can get a sneak preview of our new website.
After you log in, click the BETA button on the right side. The new website allows you to decode VINs, check for open recalls, create your own personalized kits, night drop envelopes, reminder postcards, service label stickers, and much more. It is extremely mobile friendly.
Check Out The Ramac Virtual Parts Manager
Are you tired of getting the wrong parts? Do you spend too much time looking up parts? There is a better way to go, check out our new Virtual Parts Manager (VPM). With a single click you can have all the parts for any BMW, MINI, SAAB or VOLVO looked up for you. This includes dealer parts as well as non-stocked items.