Being Focused Led to Dream Shop [AW 106]

Guest host and a shop tour with Tom Schearer, Schearer’s Sales and Service, Allentown, PA. Tom discusses the importance of leadership and focus. Empower your team with what to do, how to do it and why they are doing it.

From the Bays to the Classroom – Brandon Steckler [RR 746]

Do you have a passion for teaching others and watching them grow? Is it something you’ve been interested in doing? I’m with Brandon Steckler at the TST Big Event 2022 and we discuss his path to becoming a trainer and writer for MotorAge Magazine. He also shares a transparent review of one of his classes from a peer. A special episode I did with Brandon on his passion for teaching is episode 342. Speaking of training, did you know that auto tech colleges need part-time instructors? It is a great way to engage with auto tech students. How about being a high school night school trainer. Let’s think outside the box and advance the aftermarket together.

Build Your Labor Rate From The Ground Up [THA 276]

How much do you value your time? Your employee’s time? Are you making your decision on your labor rate based on data? My expert panel breaks down a mathematical and strategic way to understand the labor rate that delivers your profit goal. To view the charts and presentations my guests have prepared, make sure you head to my carm capriotto youtube channel or find the link on the show notes. Once you see the math your decision to set a profitable labor rate will be smarter and easier.

“You’re Not A Technician, You’re A Technical Expert” Aaron Becker [RR 745]

I’m with Aaron Becker at the TST Big Event 2022. His stepfather-in-law is the late Myron Stein, inventor, product innovator, and founder of Airsept. Aaron is the President of Airsept and we discuss Myron’s famous donut and coffee selling tactic, and new products, and if you listen until the very end of your podcast player, you might hear a little backstage chatter with my daughter Tracy. By the way, I got to know Myron during my early days as a podcaster and he was an encourager and always told me like it was. I’ll miss him.

Anthony Williams Tribute

Share this…Anthony Williams, 37, who was the Special Project Manager andCurriculum Developer at CARQUEST Technical Institute (CTI), tragically andunexpectedly died earlier this month. He is survived by his wife, Deb, andtheir three children. In his short time, Williams leaves a legacy for those whoknew him, as a teacher and a friend to all, and left…

“Play Ball” Committed to Community [AW 105]

Guest host and a shop tour with Scott Fesler, Park Ridge Auto Care, Buffalo, NY. Scott is a technician turned shop owner and has plans to renovate the front counter and waiting area. He believes strongly in giving back to his community and apprenticeship.

The Hardest Lessons to Learn – Kevin Eckler [RR 744]

There’s nothing better than catching up with an industry friend at TST’s Big Event! Dive into the blueprint of Kevin Eckler’s second location, and his transparency of learning a valuable lesson of full commitment to his employees. He explains words are just words until actions are put into place. You’ll also hear from his newest employee that was an intern at his shop.

The Voices, Ideas and Insights that are Shaping the Future of the Automotive Aftermarket.

Plan For Slow Times [THA 275]

The aftermarket is blazing busy. We may think that boomtown will continue without an end in sight. But what are your ‘slow day action plans?’ Some who have not been doing things ‘right’ are feeling the ebb and flow of typical cycle times, holidays, back to school, vacations, weather, and travel. Let this episode help you re-think how you prop up your business. Stop stopping.

“Vision, KC Is My Happy Place” [RR 743]

Candice and Jesse Beuttenmuller come every March from WaKeeney, KS. to the Vision KC Hi Tech Expo. Vision KC, they say, is their Happy Place, therefore shutting down the shop to attend. Their town is so small it doesn’t even have a stoplight! Since we recorded the episode they changed the name of their business to ‘Old 40 Auto Care’. We also discuss the importance of communication with their customers. As a side note, we had a lot of laughs and fun while recording this episode.

Power Panel: Internal Communication [CC 107]

Communication is one of the biggest problems in human relationships and among a working team inside your business. We are talking about the power of top internal communication, front to the back of the shop and with your customer. My panel speaks about the process, communication tools, and how a well-oiled communication system makes for satisfied employees and a top customer experience

Streamlining Processes with Brett Beachler [AW 104]

Guest host and a shop tour with Brett Beachler, Beachler’s Vehicle Care & Repair, Peoria, IL. Find out how Brett’s team seamlessly communicates between both buildings and their streamlined processes.

Growing? Is Another Shop In Your Future? – Greg Bunch [RR 742]

Ever heard of the ‘entrepreneurial curse?’ Do you see opportunity everywhere you look? Are you ready to go multi-location? Or have you been approached to sell? I’m with Greg Bunch from Transformers Institute at Vision 2022 and we discuss the boom in becoming a multi-shop owner and the future of our industry.

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Tom’s Trends – Shop Open & Close Hours [CC 106]

The theme/goal of this episode is to discuss hours open, hours closed. I’m with Tom Ham. Tom brings some interesting trends he’s collected from surveying aftermarket professionals.

Why Cleanliness Matters [AW 101]

Guest hosts and a shop tour with Henry Rose and Jeff Scruggs, Scruggs Automotive Repair, Buffalo, NY. Find out why cleanliness matters and how to implement it within your business. Plus, get an inside look at their new Annex location across the street.

Celebrating Educators [RR 736]

You know I am passionate and committed to education. A very informative discussion to keep you up to date with high school and post-secondary education with these educators who were at VISION KC to keep up with technology.

Do You Need an Estimator? [THA 271]

Is your service advisor stressed? Do you have a full lot of vehicles to repair but have technicians standing around? I’ve been asking shop owners if an estimator role in the business is an important hire. I got an ear full in this Academy Webinar on how the metrics work and the role and responsibilities to consider hiring an estimator or parts specialist in your growing busy shop. All three shop owners on my panel have this role in their shops. Stick around and learn.

Are You Ready to Open a Second Location? – Justin Barrett [RR 735]

The leap from 1 location to 2 is never easy. But what if you also add in going to Vision 2022 days before the second location opens? How has Justin Barrett prepared his existing employees, while hiring new ones, for his second location? How did he know it was the right time?

Are You Knocking on the Doors of your Local Schools? [AW 100]

What better what to celebrate the 100th Episode of Aftermarket Weekly than with my family? We have a school field trip to the Ready Academy in Buffalo, NY where my son Matthew Capriotto is the School Counselor. Get an inside look at placing interns and working with local businesses. Hear from both students and teachers.

The New Frontier of Call Conversion Rates – Stan Sokes [RR 734]

The phone call from a customer is always the beginning of the relationship. Are you tracking, measuring and holding your service advisor accountable for every phone call that comes into your business? What is your phone SOP? Do you have a conversion rate for phone opportunities? I’m with Stan Stokes, founder of Iron Fist Consultants, who has created the next level of measurement for service advisors.

Are You Offering ‘Only’ Synthetic Oil Services? [THA 270]

Questions, what is your customer oil change service like?  Have you transitioned to ‘synthetic only’ oil for your customers? How do you stock all grades and weights? The days of $20 oil changes every 3 months is gone. My panel of shop owners discuss why they have synthetic only oil service and how it’s improved their efficiency in the bays and for their customers. If you have not implemented this business strategy learn in this episode why you need to do it.

A Life Changing Vision 2022 Scholarship – Eric Dallas [RR 733]

Are you ready for an inspiring story that will leave you with goosebumps? I’m with Eric Dallas at Vision 2022, one of the Technicians of Tomorrow scholarship winners, who shares his story about taking a pay cut from a dealership to work for ChangingGears. Their mission is to empower people who are working their way out of poverty by providing affordable transportation. Listen and be inspired and realize the good that scholarship programs are doing to invest in our future.

So You Want to Be a Shop Owner? Matt Wagg [AW 099]

Guest host and shop tour with Matt Wagg, Accelerated Diagnostics and Automotive, Bennington, NE. How did Matt Wagg go from a dealership technician to a trainer and teacher, to now a business owner? What were his successes and failures along the way?