RR 391: What Happens When a Technician Becomes a Customer for Automotive Repair.

Pete Meier is an ASE certified Master Technician and sponsoring member of iATN. He has over 35 years of practical experience as a technician and educator, covering a wide variety of makes and models. Now, as Director of Training for the UBM Advanstar Automotive Group, which includes Motor Age, ABRN, Aftermarket Business World and Dealer News, his primary goal is to bring working technicians the information they need to succeed. Listen to Pete’s previous episodes HERE.

 

Key Talking Points:

  • They are blessed that many of their contributors are working techs.
  • They serve 100,000 shops in the United States which is why the accuracy of every article is critical.
  • Pete needed new tires for this truck because in his own shop he does not have a tire machine.
    • Purchased online with a 35% off coupon and set the appointment.
    • Went to get tires changed- wanted alignment checked and had to ask to have it done
      • Missed service opportunity
      • No process for customer service  
  • Training for techs
    • If you are employed at a shop that will not support time off for training or assistance in funding for training, there are a lot of other shops that will. Go find them.
    • The only way to keep passion and rise in the industry, find a shop that mirrors your same passion and goals
    • Shop owners- need to be a part of the industry advisory council for local high schools and colleges.  
  • Manage your customer service- test your culture
    • Phone shop your locations
    • Ask female to shop business to see how they are serviced

 

Resources:

  • Thanks to Pete Meier for his contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
  • Link to the ‘BOOKS‘ page highlighting all books discussed in the podcast library HERE. Leaders are readers.
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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast; the only one of its type in the automotive aftermarket. Carm calls on his 35 years’ experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ path to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.