Car repairs are labor-intensive and are critical in maintaining your vehicle’s performance. However, a lot of car owners don’t have the time and patience to troubleshoot their vehicles. It doesn’t matter where you are, whether it’s in a small town in Utah or New York and you barely use your car. Cars are everywhere, and where there are cars, there are auto repair shops as well.
So if you’re an auto mechanic and you’re looking to open a vehicle repair shop, there are a lot of things you need to consider before you do so. Here are a few of them to note:
Hone your skills.
Before you can even think of opening up a shop, you need to take some time to complete your mechanical training. Use this time to hone your skills and get your hands dirty. Make friends with your clients, use this opportunity to build relationships and make connections.
Purchasing your equipment
After having spent a few good years working at a dealership, you may have established a following amongst your clients. This gives you the confidence you might need to open up your repair shop. Ideally, by this time, you’ve either raised enough money to purchase all the equipment you need, or you have been building on your inventory through time.
Here’s a list of some equipment you may need to start your automotive repair shop:
You will need a reliable air compressor to operate many tools within your shop. This includes pneumatic hand tools and some auto lifts.
Jack stands and poles
Jack stands are triangular metal implements that give vehicles a boost in height after they’ve been raised using a floor jack. Assuming that you will be using this regularly, it’s important to take quality to account. Get a high-quality, high-capacity jack, with strong jack stands to support the vehicle once it has been elevated. With this, you can lower the risk of unwanted mishaps.
Battery charger and jumper
One of the most common ordeals car owners encounter is dead car batteries, and preferably you have the resources to entertain their needs. Dead batteries or charging problems are common occurrences. Your shop will need a good battery charger and jumper to handle these services.
An engine crane is used to install or remove gasoline or diesel engines from the restrictive confines of a vehicle engine compartment. Be sure to purchase one that can handle the largest engine you expect to service.
Air conditioning machine
Get an A/C machine that will facilitate recovering, recycling, and recharging vehicle A/C systems if you’re considering offering air conditioning services. This will make flushing and diagnosing A/C systems faster and more reliable. Adding this to your service capabilities and can help in making your vehicle repair business profitable.
In the midst of it all, it’s clear that embarking on the launch of your automotive repair shop is not cheap. Consider slowly purchasing critical equipment, building your inventory, and putting it aside for your shop.