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Avoiding Comebacks with Dave Hobbs [RR 592]

Dave Hobbs automotive service experience spans 40 plus years in the industry, starting out as a technician and then as a service manager working in his family’s repair shop (Hobbs Auto Electric) in Kokomo, Indiana.  After leaving Hobbs Auto Electric, Dave began working as a hotline advisor and field engineer at GM’s Delco Electronics.  Those roles eventually led to becoming an electronics systems instructor for thousands of Delco Electronics / Delphi engineers throughout North American and Asia.

Dave is currently the lead technical trainer and course developer for Delphi Product and Service Solutions.  In addition, he serves part-time as a contributor to Motor Age Magazine and as a field correspondent for MACS Worldwide (Mobile AC Society).  Dave’s previous episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points:

  • Avoiding comebacks
    • First avoid being defensive to customer, then schedule vehicle to be looked at again ASAP
    • Technicians have to have confidence that they can fix anything- but be careful you don’t become too prideful 
    • Mistakes happen all the time- there are so many things that can go wrong inside a repair 
    • Quality control helps prevent comebacks 
  • Aftermarket right to repair act
    • Data access just got passed

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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.

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