Aftermarket Acumen Part 5 – Succession [RR 512]

Donny Seyfer the executive officer of NASTF (National Automotive Service Task Force) and Partner in Seyfer Automotive in Wheatridge, CO. Listen to Donny’s previous episodes HERE.

Jeremy O’Neal President and lead sales trainer for Advisorfix, began his career as a Service Adviser and moved into Service Management at the dealership level for VW, Audi, and Porsche. He consistently placed in the top 3% of Service Advisors across the nation.

With a passion for helping others, Jeremy started coaching Service Advisers in 2007. Jeremy also owns an independent auto repair shop Freedom Auto Repair in Hesperia, CA. Previous episodes HERE. Link to Advisorfix HERE.

Danny Sanchez is owner and founder, of Auto-shop Solutions and grew up spending countless hours working around his dad’s auto repair shop in California, eventually taking over and running the business himself. Auto-shop Solutions started in 1998 when Danny founded Auto Web Solutions.

The Internet was starting to take off, and Danny took great interest in the powerful marketing benefits it could provide. As a successful shop owner himself, Danny used Auto Web Solutions to consult with other repair shops on their business practices and web presence.

In 2005, when Google launched Ad Words and changed its search engine to favor local businesses, Danny saw a huge opportunity for the automotive industry to draw more clients from the Internet. With just a handful of clients and a few websites, Danny built the foundation of his company – quality, affordable, automotive websites and Internet marketing solutions, designed exclusively for the auto industry. Check Danny’s previous episodes HERE.

Jim Silverman is the Director of National Accounts for ATI Automotive Training Institute. Listen to Jim’s previous episodes HERE.


Talking Points:

  • Danny SanchezSo many shop owners’ succession plan is to close the doors. It is sad to see
  • There are many shop owners willing to sell that opens up opportunity for growth to a multi-store operation
  • Donny SeyferIf your exit plan is that they are coming to take me away in the ambulance
  • If you don’t plan you’ll lose successors
  • If the business can’t be run by anyone else, then you have to rethink your priority
  • It takes a small workforce to fix big problems.It takes experiential knowledge and the proper tools
  • Own the fleet as a transportation company. Work on your cars
  • Repair vehicles that are in the Touro program
  • ADAS calibration center will need a collision feed, the right location, training and a larger investment in calibration tools/equipment. There is a window of opportunity to get in 
  • Jeremy O’NealFix the car right the first time
  • What are your most profitable jobs? Market to them
  • Jim SilvermanWhen do you want to retire?
  • If you want a premium for your hard work. Look for about 2 to 3 times EBITDA (Earning Before Income Tax Depreciation and Amortization)
  • Have you told your successor that you plan on them taking it over?
  • You need a succession plan for your succession plan
  • Every interview you make should have a successor in mind
  • Standard Operating Procedures must be created and followedAlso, create an SOP to keep the business going. Passwords. Taxes paid. Payroll done etc
  • Hire a successor that is better than you
  • Business model: Rent some bays at an office building parking ramp


  • Thanks to Donny Seyfer, Jeremy O’Neal, Jim Silverman and Sara Fraser, and Danny Sanchez for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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