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How to Start an Auto Repair Business - Free Book


Are you considering starting an Auto Repair business? if yes, you'll find this free book to be extremely helpful.

This is a practical guide that will walk you step by step through all the essentials of starting your business. The book is packed with guides, worksheets and checklists. These strategies are absolutely crucial to your business' success yet are simple and easy to apply.

The Single Most Important Ingredient for Business Success

The first and most important thing you need to acquire in order to succeed in a small business is... knowledge.

Sounds exaggerated? Listen to this...

According to research conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, 90% of all small business failures can be traced to poor management resulting from lack of knowledge.

This is backed up by my own personal observations. In my 31 years as a business coach and consultant to small businesses, I've seen practically dozens of small business owners go under and lose their businesses -- not because they weren't talented or smart enough -- but because they were trying to re-invent the wheel rather than rely on proven, tested methods that work.

Conclusion: if you are really serious about succeeding in a business... If you want to avoid the common traps and mistakes... it is absolutely imperative that you acquire the right knowledge.

"Why Invent Mediocrity, When You Can Copy Genius?"

That's an excellent quote I picked up from a fellow business owner a few years back. What this means is that you should see what is working and try to duplicate Printing Business. Why go through all the trouble of inventing something new, that you don't even know will ever work, when you can easily learn from and duplicate something that has been a proven success?

[ Note: One of the BIGGEST mistakes almost all new businesses make is that they WASTE tons of valuable time, energy and money on trying to create something "new", that has never been tested or proven... only to find out later that it was a total loss. Don't make the same mistake! ]

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I've been involved in small business for the past 31 years of my life, as a business coach, manager of a consulting firm, a seminar leader and as the owner of five successful businesses.

During my career as a business coach and consultant I've helped dozens of business owners start their businesses, market, expand, get out of troubles, sell their businesses and do practically every other small business activity you can think of.
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How to determine the feasibility of your business idea - a complete fill in the blanks template system that will help you predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas.

A detailed manual that will walk you step by step through all the essential phases of starting your business

A complete business plan template. This fill-in-the-blanks template includes every section of your business plan, including Executive Summary, Objectives, SWOT Analysis, Marketing Analysis and Strategy, Operations Plan, Financial Projections and more (a similar template is sold elsewhere for $69.95).

All this and much much more.

Success Tip: Setting Goals

Good management is the key to success and good management starts with setting goals. Set goals for yourself for the accomplishment of the many tasks necessary in starting and managing your business successfully. Be specific. Write down the goals in measurable terms of performance. Break major goals down into sub-goals, showing what you expect to achieve in the next two to three months, the next six months, the next year, and the next five years. Beside each goal and sub-goal place a specific date showing when it is to be achieved.

Plan the action you must take to attain the goals. While the effort required to reach each sub-goal should be great enough to challenge you, it should not be so great or unreasonable as to discourage you. Do not plan to reach too many goals all at one time.

Establish priorities. Plan in advance how to measure results so you can know exactly how well you are doing. This is what is meant by "measurable" goals. If you can’t keep score as you go along you are likely to lose motivation. Re-work your plan of action to allow for obstacles which may stand in your way. Try to foresee obstacles and plan ways to avert or minimize them.

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Here's a Sample 'Executive Summary' for an Auto Repair business plan:

COMPANY NAME is located in Burlingame, CA a town of about 28,000 residents located in the San Francisco Bay area. The company focuses on general automotive repair on both foreign and domestic models. COMPANY NAME also gains revenue from the sale of parts and fluids associated with its service repairs.
 
COMPANY NAME has realized it is not a specialist in a major item in auto repair; transmission repair, and thus has decided to cease subletting these jobs out and acquire a division for this purpose. The plan calls for COMPANY NAME to purchase an existing facility and the business associated with it, in order to provide its customers with a complete line of automotive repair service. The company will accomplish this through the receipt of grant funding in the amount of $1.2 million. With these funds, the owner OWNER’S NAME will purchase the new building and United Transmission's company. United Transmission's owners will remain onboard to work in the shop but under its acquirer COMPANY NAME, moreover OWNER’S NAME will buy-out one of two COMPANY NAME partners to become 66.66% owner.

1.1 Objectives

The Objectives of  COMPANY NAME are:
 
1.  To exceed customer's expectations by providing superior service
2.  Sales increase by at least 50% through acquisition and 10% per year after
3.  Have a clientele return rate of 90%
4.  Maintain an average gross margin of 50%+ throughout the entire operation

1.2 Mission

The Company's mission is to provide the Burlingame, CA community with quality auto parts and services, along with reliability and trustworthiness, as it has for the past 20 years.  It also strives to assist the community through providing stimulation to fellow businesses by referring its bodywork and paint clients to them.  COMPANY NAME strives to be honest and to serve their extended community completely.

1.3 Keys to Success

The keys to success in this business are: 

  • Superior customer service:  high quality workmanship
  • Convenience: offering clients a full line of auto parts and service
  • Reputation:  credibility, integrity, and reliability of our products and services

2.0 Company Summary

COMPANY NAME is incorporated as a c-corporation. Its headquarters is in Burlingame, CA. At present, it has one location; however, as mentioned it plans to acquire United Transmission, which is located right next door to its current location through a company buy-out. 

2.1 Company Ownership

COMPANY NAME is currently owned by [INSERT OWNERS’ NAMES] each with 33.33% ownership.

2.2 Company History

The company was formed on October 31, 1990. It had historically focused on general automotive repair and service, while shying away from transmission repair and replacement. Over time, the company realized it was loosing substantial revenue though outsourcing these jobs to another shop. In 2010, OWNER’S NAME decided to gain more control of the business and bring in a transmission business. To date, he plans to acquire United Transmission and buy-out one partner's share of the business. This will give him sole control of the transmission venture and 66.66 percent control of COMPANY NAME.


Table: Past Performance

Past Performance

 

 

 

 

FY 2007

FY 2008

FY 2009

Sales

$1,031,261

$1,087,444

$1,133,869

Gross Margin

$671,223

$712,943

$748,125

Gross Margin %

65.09%

65.56%

65.98%

Operating Expenses

$691,345

$702,481

$736,525

 

 

 

 

Balance Sheet

 

 

 

 

FY 2007

FY 2008

FY 2009

 

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

Cash

$4,473

$9,582

$8,236

Other Current Assets

$10,684

$8,451

$9,873

Total Current Assets

$15,157

$18,033

$18,109

 

 

 

 

Long-term Assets

 

 

 

Long-term Assets

$243,901

$256,481

$252,172

Accumulated Depreciation

$187,739

$225,484

$218,484

Total Long-term Assets

$56,162

$30,997

$33,688

 

 

 

 

Total Assets

$71,319

$49,030

$51,797

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts Payable

$37,739

$28,657

$40,811

Current Borrowing

$0

$0

$0

Other Current Liabilities (interest free)

$4,171

$3,282

$3,319

Total Current Liabilities

$41,910

$31,939

$44,130

 

 

 

 

Long-term Liabilities

$0

$0

$0

Total Liabilities

$41,910

$31,939

$44,130

 

 

 

 

Paid-in Capital

$73,733

$73,733

$73,733

Retained Earnings

($15,642)

($64,521)

($48,552)

Earnings

($28,682)

$7,879

($17,514)

Total Capital

$29,409

$17,091

$7,667

 

 

 

 

Total Capital and Liabilities

$71,319

$49,030

$51,797

 

 

 

 

Other Inputs

 

 

 

Payment Days

0

0

0

3.0 Services

COMPANY NAME sells both automotive, and truck repair service and parts. The Company also services vehicles including: 10-minute quick oil changes (a fast lube), performance factory service intervals, computer diagnostics and repair, clutch, timing belts and break replacement. As a full service facility, we also include wiper blade replacements, all fluid and drive belt checks, at any time. COMPANY NAME will stand behind any services performed, ensuring the customer is fully satisfied.
"We offer a wide variety of full service automotive repairs along with excellence in customer care. Our warranty is a whopping 12 months or 12,000 miles for parts and labor."

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