First Ever General Service Technician Academy at Vision KC [RR 832]
Recorded Live at Vision 2023, Al Wright and Travis Troy discuss the benefits of joining MWACA’s S.O.S. (Shop Owner’s Support) Group. When we can support and learn from other shop owners, we continue Advancing the Aftermarket and raising the bar for the industry. Travis also gives us an overview of Vision’s newest class for general service technicians.
Managing Comebacks and Quality Control [THA 319]
It’s time to shift your mindset on comebacks! Consider comebacks as a second opportunity to learn, make it right with the customer, have a training moment with your employees, and document and discover ways to improve your quality control.
Internal Company App Gets the Word Out [AW 148]
Communication is full of opportunities and challenges. How do you effectively communicate with everyone in your business, especially if you’re a multi-shop owner? Bill Snow discusses their own internal app and why it is critical in their business.
Technology, Network, Systems and Software: Understand the Why and How [RR 830]
Servers, network, VOIP phones, and security, oh my! Recorded live at the 2023 Institute Summit, Jeff Matt and David Boyd discuss phone skills, IT support and identifying inefficiencies and technology risks with your business.
Resilience in Your Commitment to Succeed [RR 829]
Recorded Live at the 2023 Institute Summit, Michael Smith, Jason Brennan and Mike Simard discuss leadership, growth, culture and the resilience needed to commit to succeed in your business.
Survey Says: Stress Level, Why Reject a Technician Application, Health Insurance and More! [AW 147]
On Record with Tom Ham from the Automotive Management Network. Tom discusses a recent survey from his website about the stress level at work, reasons why someone would reject a technician application, health insurance and more! These results may surprise you!
Using My Dashboard to Find Trends [THA 317]
Dashboards are a valuable tool for businesses as they provide a quick and easy way to visualize and analyze key data and metrics in real time. Hear from two shop owners as they discuss how dashboards improve decision making, increase productivity, and enhance collaboration and accountability with your team.
Surviving a Health Scare [THA 316]
You never know when something can and will happen to your health. Do you have a written contingency plan in place for your family and business? Are you maintaining your body like you teach your customers to maintain their vehicle? Join 3 shop owners as they discuss personal health scares, outcomes, preventions, and planning for if and when something happens.
Prepare Your Business for Sale [THA 315]
Did you know 80% of small businesses do not survive the departure of the current owner? When is the right time to prepare your business for sale? The day you opened your business! How do you maximize your selling price? Is there a simple way to quickly valuate your business? Hear from 3 business coaches on the importance of properly planning your business for sale.
Don’t Base Your Success On Probability – Ken Zanders [RR 822]
“There are many roads you can follow, but there may only be one road that leads to the right way.” Industry trainer Ken Zanders opens this episode with a story about ‘When Harry Met Ken,” a spoof on the movie “When Harry Met Sally.” Ken describes his technician friend, Harry, who is always looking for a quick fix without gathering the full information. Too often when facing a diagnostic problem or challenge in the shop, we jump to the quick fix to speed through the day. How do we apply ‘slow down to speed up’ in our daily lives?
Service Advisor Overload: Part 2 [THA 312]
We are on Part 2 of our Service Advisor Overload discussion because we couldn’t fit it all into 1 episode! Did you know most shops are missing $300-500k in gross profit dollars because their service advisor doesn’t have the time to tap into those dollars? You must build a wall of support around your service advisor.
Advice For New Shop Owners [THA 311]
If you’re thinking about transitioning from employee to shop owner, this episode is for you. Instead of guessing your way through the transition, let the Aftermarket Radio Network be your free library of industry peers across the country help you get started the right way.
Ask Ortho – Eric Turkington and Kim Conti [RR 815]
Let’s talk about voice assistants for employee efficiency. Technicians need quick and reliable access to accurate data for servicing vehicles. What if they could stay in their bay and ask ‘Hey Ortho’ to check fluid types and receive a response within seconds? Join Eric Turkington, Vice President of Growth, and Kim Conti, Vice President of Product, as they discuss Ortho, the next high tech tool for the automotive industry.
A Hospitality Mindset Delivers Exceptional Customer Service – Steve DiGioia [RR 813]
With over 20 years in the hospitality industry, author and trainer Steve DiGioia shares some real world tips and tactics to improve your customer service, increase employee morale and provide the experience your customers desire. Steve has a detailed 57 individual steps for dinner service, what are your steps for customer service?
Doubles Sales to $2 million in 18 Months [RR 812]
Recorded Live at the 2022 Transformers Summit with Jesse and Christine Myers. They joined a peer group and it changed their entire business, doubling their sales to $2 million in 18 months.
Proper Equipment Equals Higher Efficiency – Justin Allen [RR 811]
Can proper equipment equal higher efficiency? Justin Allen, a Manufacture’s Rep for Hunter Engineering Company, continues to help shop owners understand that investing in the right equipment can increase the shop’s profitability, save time, and build trusting customers.
What Is Your Duration of Service? Carolyn Coquillette [RR 810]
Recorded Live at the 2022 Transformers Summit with Carolyn Coquillette, founder and CEO of Shop-Ware. Carolyn discusses a spotlight of Shop-Ware called ‘Duration of Service.’ This feature tracks how long a customer’s car is in your shop. The customer experience and your profits depend on the number of hours each car is in which stage of production.
Are You Stuck? Fall in Love with Your Business Again – Mike Searls [RR 808]
Recorded Live at the 2022 Transformers Summit with Mike Searls, President of ThiN AiR Brand, a toy company. Mike is a serial entrepreneur and he brings his passion for reinvigorating businesses to this episode. His secret? Find out what works and do more of that, find out what doesn’t work and stop doing that, the faster you can do that, the faster you grow.
Learn to Lead: Empower Your People [THA 307]
How do you truly empower your people? What does it take to be a strong leader of your business? How do you motivate and inspire your employees while avoiding burnout? We have an All-Star panel of industry peers willing to share their own experiences and learning curve as business owners.
Be The Hero When Your Customer Is At Their Most Vulnerable – John DiJulius [RR 807]
Live from the 2022 Transformer’s Summit, keynote speaker John DiJulius categorizes the automotive industry as a ‘grudge buy’ for customers when they are at their most vulnerable. How is this an opportunity for your business to be the ‘hero?’ How do you make price irrelevant?
Remote Ownership [THA 306]
Hear from 3 shop owners that run their businesses remotely. Yes, it is possible! If you feel like you can’t possibly relinquish control of the business, these owners are here to tell you why, how, and the benefits of being a remote owner. Spoiler alert: the secret sauce is the people, processes, and systems you have in place.
Service Advisor Overload [THA 305]
How many different hats and roles do service advisors have? Are they your social media manager, fleet manager, shuttle driver, facility manager, vendor manager, receptionist and more? The efficiency of your service advisor is critical for the overall health of your business. Watch Episode HERE Dave Schedin, CompuTrek Automotive Management Systems. Dave’s previous episodes HERE Clint White, Service…Listen and view episode notes
The Front Counter: “Picking Up The Pennies” Aaron Woods [AW 134]
Guest host and shop tour with Aaron Woods, Xtra Mile Auto Care, Stillwater, OK. Aaron’s service advisor is on paternity leave and he is back on the counter. Find out the benefits to an owner periodically working the service counter.
Alignments! Rates, Numbers and ROI [THA 303]
Take a deeper dive into alignments, the numbers being it, and the ROI. Multi-shop owner Joe Hanson has invested in the Hunter Quick Check Touchless Alignment equipment for his one shop, Tom Sciortino brings statistics on the effect alignments have on ADAS, and Jim Fleischman discusses the importance of asking your customers about their driving habits.
Onboarding New Team Members [THA 297]
Have you ever experienced the butterflies in your stomach when you start a new job? You arrive on the first day and feel lost as surrounding employees are busy at work. What is your onboarding process for new employees? How do you make their first day efficient, comfortable and welcoming? Listen to learn just one thing and commit to finetuning your onboarding process