Archive for September 2016

RR 156: Kathleen Long from Repair Pal

It doesn’t take much for consumers to be disloyal to their repair shop.

Kathleen Long the VP of Customer Success and GM of the Shop Network at RepairPal shares results of their constant surveying of the automotive consumer. This episode is packed with quantifiable and conceptual strategies to improve the service professionals total customer service experience.

This data brings a perspective to what needs to be done by the service professional to accommodate the consumer’s needs and perceptions that will grow their service business.

Episode highlights include warranty, reviews, pricing, the showroom or lobby, bathrooms, loaner cars, quality vs convenience, texting, and a good bedside manner. There is something here for everyone.

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RR 155: Social Media Strategy with Greg Buckley & Frank Leutz

How strong is your social media strategy?

Many service professionals wonder how valuable and important a great social media presence is to connect with their customer’s digital DNA.

Learn from early adopters Frank Leutz from Desert Car Care and Greg Buckley from Buckley’s Auto Care. These two service professional entrepreneurs are sharing their strategies and how-to concepts for creating or improving your social media presence.

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RR 154: Ray Kunz from ACT

Understand the power and impact of training, exit interviews, employee safe-zones and knowing your numbers.

With more than 38 years of experience as a Technician, Service Advisor, Service Manager, General Manager, Automotive Business Owner and now as one of the Premier Automotive Business Coach & Training specialists, Ray brings a unique skill set to the table. Automotive Coaching and Training (ACT) Group is built around supporting automotive business owners facing struggles in today’s business climate.

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RR 153: Doug Callaghan from Vic’s Service Centre

Learn how a total shop transformation in eighteen months earned the 2016 Auto Care Association ACE award.

Doug Callaghan from Vic’s Service Centre in Wainwright, Alberta Canada is the winner of the 2016 Auto Care Association ACE (Automotive Career and Education) award for businesses with under 50 employees. Doug shares his story of transformation, recognized by Auto Care, that earned him this recognition.

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RR 152: Scott Norman Automotive Educator

Automotive Technology Bachelor’s Degree program producing our future technicians and entrepreneurs.

Scott Norman is an Associate Professor of Automotive Technology at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS and President of the National Association of Automotive Universities.

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RR 151: Gary Keyes from E & M Motors

Gary Keyes is the owner of E & M Motors Auto Service in Stuart, Florida. Started at a service station. (remember them?) Gary started as a tech, right out of high school back in the service station days in Miami. He also worked in a Toyota dealership for 10 years and decided he was smart…

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RR 150: Murray Voth – Freedom Consulting & Training

During high school and college Murray Voth, owner of Freedom Consulting and Training, learned to service and repair both motorcycles and airplanes while he finished his commercial pilot’s license. After college, Murray’s research skills were honed while doing a community research project; as a result, he was hired by a firm doing research and development in…

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RR 149: Carolyn Coquillette from Luscious Garage

Carolyn Coquillette discovered wrenching in 2000, shortly after graduating from college. A rare female mechanic, her nickname at the service station and in professional circles became “Luscious Garage.” Carolyn owns Luscious Garage, a hybrid specialty shop in San Francisco and probably the best known hybrid shop in the country. She also owns Shop-Ware, a software…

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RR 148: Bobby Bassett From Gates Corporation

Bobby Bassett, the Manager of Training North America for Gates Corporation, started with Gates in sales in 1999 and transitioned into training. There he found his calling. Powerful Quote and Reason to Listen: “Bottom line for technician, service writer and shop owner are missing tremendous profits. They are not fixing their customers cars; the guy…

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