Mobile Air Climate Systems Association (MACS) – Peter Coll and Andy Fiffick [RR 774]

Founded in 1981 as the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS), now called  Mobile Air Climate Systems, its focus is to provide unbiased information to shop owners and technicians, including technical resources and training for automotive air conditioning technicians. Let’s dive into MACS together and also learn about the benefits of becoming a member because no matter what the future holds, vehicles will need climate control.

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Numbers Don’t Lie, They Also Don’t Tell the Truth [THA 290]

The gang’s all here; we have the entire Aftermarket Radio Network together for an important episode inspired by the movie Moneyball. We all have experience with people who are not our top performers, but are we better to have them on the team than not? You know them; they are consistent, reliable, steady, and contributors. Are they worth replacing? Will they become the best or top performers, or do they help strengthen our overall performance? A great discussion among your peers.
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Customer Perceptions Part 1 – Bob Cooper and Bill Greeno [RR 773]

In this episode, we are jumping into the mind of your customer. From their perspective, do they prefer to use the term mechanic or technician? Ask a customer … How much do they think a mechanic/technician earns? What is your customer’s opinion on a service advisor having visible tattoos or smelling like cigarettes? Bob Cooper asked these questions to a panel of consumers at the 2022 Elite Invitational in San Diego, and their answers will certainly surprise you. And more importantly, what should you do in your business having this knowledge?

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“Uncopyable Sales Secrets: How to Create an Unfair Advantage and Outsell Your Competition” by Kay Miller [RR 772]

Have you thought about developing relationships with your customers and how they happen organically, intentionally, or not at all? Are your service advisors making that human connection daily? I’m joined by Kay Miller, author of “Uncopyable Sales Secrets: How to Create an Unfair Advantage and Outsell Your Competition.” Kay simplifies sales to a basic level that anyone can benefit from. In Kay’s early days in sales, she worked for Walker Exhaust and earned the moniker ‘Muffler Mama’. If you’re interested in reading a free chapter of her book, head to the show notes for the link. Or find her book on the books page on remarkableresults.biz

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Flat Rate VS Salary Debate [THA 289]

Are you doing flat rate, salary, or a hybrid model? What are the pros and cons of all three? My panel brings light to this hot topic from different perspectives. The consensus from the group is there is no cookie-cutter model on pay plans you must factor in your culture and your team.
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The Women of NAPA AutoCare [RR 771]

Joining me is the powerhouse team of women behind NAPA AutoCare. Napa has almost 100 years of dependability and remains the brand you can trust. My panel of ladies discusses the future, what makes the NAPA Family so strong, Tesla parts availability, training, and the collective strength of their AutoCare Members. 

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Hypocrisy: Check Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself – Matt Fanslow [RR 770]

It seems like the hot topic of late is customer service. Businesses are short-staffed… and everyone is asking for customers to be patient. But what happens when something goes wrong? How does that business handle that situation? How does the customer react? I’m joined by another network show host, Matt Fanslow. We discuss the hypocrisy that exists when a business owner is now the customer.

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Writing Ads That Attract Rock Stars [THA 288]

What’s the first step to hiring Rock Stars? It starts with the ad. A cookie-cutter ad with buzzwords will only get you so far. Instead of writing the ad from your perspective, step into the shoes of the position you are looking to fill … you may have done that job yourself. Did you ever think that you should be writing the ad for the spouse of the job position? It costs thousands of dollars to hire the wrong person.  Get ready to get a handful of ideas in this episode, to help in your hiring goals.
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One Choice: Fix the Business or You First!

The strongest recurring theme when I talk to top shop operators is that every business needs a clear goal or purpose.  They say that you can only achieve your goals when you have a clear vision/purpose and know what needs to be done to achieve them. And your people need to know. If you’ve never…

2022 Napa Technician Of The Year: Meg Lewis [RR 769]

We are at the NAPA Expo joined by the 2022 Napa Technician of the Year, Meg Lewis. She is the first female winner and is a huge advocate for automotive training and reaching the youth in schools. I’m also joined by Matt Fanslow from the Diagnosing the Aftermarket A to Z Podcast. We discuss goals, passions, work-life balance and advice to women in the industry.

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Be Proud of Your Culture [AW 117]

Guest host and shop tour with Pat Schnaidt, Performance Tune Auto Repair, Fort Collins, CO. Find out how Pat attracts and retains his employees. He also has an apprentice with no automotive experience but an appetite to learn.

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Work Happy, Drive Happy [RR 768]

Find out how Marc Pons maintains a “Work Happy, Drive Happy” culture inside his 9 shops. Marc is also the president of ASTA in North Carolina, the Automotive Service and Tire Alliance, the folks who bring you ASTE. Marc explains the importance of setting routines to reinforce your values, it only takes 15 minutes at the beginning of each day. Can your shop spare 15 minutes? I think you can.

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Maintenance Intervals: Industry Standards [THA 287]

Maintenance services are the new frontier for the automotive industry. How do you shift your customer’s perspective from reactive repairs to proactive repairs? Is your parking lot full of problem vehicles? Can we do a better job of helping the customer get long life from their Cars? My panel examines the importance of maintenance intervals and the value of informing and educating your customers.

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Ron Capps: Two Time World Champion NHRA Driver Turned Team Owner [RR 767]

We are at the 2022 Napa Expo with reigning two-time world champion Ron Capps, who has just recently started his own Motorsports company. Find out what it’s like being both the driver and team owner. Listen to Ron explain the initial rush when his race car goes from 0-100mph in 7/10 of a second. He says It’s all about his team and the processes and procedures.

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How Partnerships Work [RR 766]

What does it take to build and maintain a long-term and successful business partnership? Why do so many fail? I’m with Travis Troy and Josh Mullins from Honest Wrenches, and they are debunking the misconception that partnerships in business don’t work. Spoiler alert, just like a marriage, it takes hard work and clear communication with aligned values.  
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Why Do a Repair Order Audit? [THA 286]

Are you chasing the KPI’s in your business without pausing and diving into what creates those Key Performance Metrics? Are you reviewing repair orders? The amount of data filtered properly from an RO Audit will astound you. Use the data from a Repair Order Audit to refine your business.

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Training as a Required Pillar

So many discussions lately, both on and off the podcast microphone, have prompted me to drive a training strategy for our industry and shop owners. Stay with me as I explain something that you know but may have never totally accepted. Today without a sales and marketing strategy, a financial budget, Key Performance Metrics (KPI),…

What Do Technicians Really Want? – Jimmy Alauria and Jason Stretch [RR 765]

We all know that there’s a shortage of workers for mostly all businesses in all industries because of the great resignation. As a shop owner, how are you attracting the best technicians? Are you promoting your culture and the opportunity to work in your business? Wouldn’t it be nice to know what is important to technicians? What are they looking for in a shop, and do you offer it? Jimmy Alauria and Jason Stretch discuss the results of a recent technician survey that might surprise you. And how the value of the survey shapes the ads that attract superstars.

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Paycheck to Paycheck

We are all feeling the pinch of inflation. In the last gas crunch, there were many on the expressways slowing down. They were going the speed limit and not five to seven miles over to save gas. If I’m not going to be late for an appointment, I’ve slowed it down. How many trips are…

My Computer Was Hacked: Now What? – Tom Sciortino [RR 764]

How secure is your computer and internal network? Could it survive malware or a virus? For most of us, our system just runs and is out of sight, out of mind…until something happens. I’m with Tom Sciortino, a good friend and local shop owner in my hometown, and his business computer got hacked. Tom’s personal accounts were also hacked.  He bought a couple of laptops he didn’t know about. Don’t let this happen to you; keep listening to find out how he discovered the hack and the changes he made to protect his network. 

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