I have been thinking about this for some time now.I want to start my own auto repair and HI-PRO business.I will start out small like tune up and other things and as i learn more do more.That frist i will do the work at there place and later find a small shop to rent.I will do it all the right way get a small business license and isurance and have a form they must sign before i work on there car that lays out what work i will being doing on the car and that i am not SAE trained.So iam lookign for any help you guys can give me on this,like what to chare a hour and so on.Thanks
Ok Ill be the big wet blanket. Dont do it!!! Ive turned wrenches all my life until 2 years ago. I managed shops for chains and worked independents. Then I took a gig selling parts to shops. I dont know about sae but ase is just a test you take to get a certificate that isnt worth the paper it is printed on.Yes I have a crapload of them.
1.The industry is more competive than ever.
2.The overhead is higher than ever
3.Govt regulation is skyrocketing!!
4.People are the worst I have ever seen them at not wanting to pay a fair amount for service.
I see it all the time a mediocre or even good tech decides to strike out on his own. Most usually close after working themselves half to death in just a few years. Then it is back to working for someone else.
Someone else who takes care of all the books,makes sure the taxes are paid,gives you benefits.
If you are really interested in this do your research . Lay out a realistic business plan. Get real quotes on insurance,utilities and equipment. Not the low price they use to sucker you in but the bottom line.
Then check into all the pending legislation geared toward automobiles. The 150000 mile warranty,the electrical changes,the tire pressure monitoring system and much much more that are raising the costs and lowering the profits of shops.
Ive been there and done that and im telling you right now is the worst time in my lifetime to try to get started in this business. If you do it you need to bring a guaranteed customer base with you from previous employment which is easier said than done no matter how well liked you are.
If you do this know it will be a tough row to hoe.