Achieving maximum efficiency at your automotive shop is all about investing in the right equipment. Specific tools can help you save time, money, and effort in every aspect of your work.
Experienced mechanics will keep all these tools in their shop at all times to ensure operations run smoothly and customers receive the very best care for their vehicles.
Tip 1: Stay Safe
To maintain efficacy at your auto shop, it’s vital to invest in the correct safety equipment. You’ll know your business is fully prepared for any emergencies that could arise.
One of the most crucial pieces of safety equipment in an automotive shop is a fire extinguisher. When working with vehicles, mechanics are exposed to explosive liquids such as gas and fuel, electrical energy sources, and flammable materials. Keeping a fire extinguisher in-shop will keep your workers safe and protect your business from unexpected insurance or property damage costs.
Tip 2: Invest in Strong Magnets
The strongest type of magnet in the world today is the neodymium magnet. Today, these ultra-strong, rare earth magnets play a central role in the global automotive market as part of electric motors.
The automotive industry has recently developed a new neodymium magnet type suited for high-temperature conditions—as required for use within motors.
Electronic motors are a fast-growing new technology. Any automotive shop hoping to stay ahead of the game should invest in strong magnets for building and repairing electric motors.
Tip 3: Use Tools to Make Work Easier
Mechanics use extension bars to access awkward, confined spaces they would otherwise be unable to reach. Generally, they are long, solid pieces of metal piping that can extend a socket wrench’s reach by 30cm or more.
Locking extension bars are especially handy. Mechanics know the trouble of pulling an extension bar out of an awkward spot, only to realise the socket is jammed on the bolt head.
20-inch (50cm) extension bars are another great option, boasting the bonus of relieving back pain caused by excessive bending and leaning. Your workers can use these extra-long extension bars while standing, saving them time and struggle.
Flex ratchets are another great tool that makes life easier for mechanics, allowing them to access tight spots and achieve good leverage without breaking bolts.
Tip 4: Technology Triumphs
One surefire way to boost efficiency at your automotive shop is to embrace technology. New programs and equipment may take a while to get used to—but once you’re invested, these innovative solutions can increase your profits, improve customer relationships, and boost workplace productivity.
We recommending investing in:
- Wireless multi-point inspections, which saves time on writing out recommended services
- Automated appointment scheduling, to simplify your appointment-making process and automatically add appointments to your calendar
- Text messaging to remind clients of appointments
Investing in the correct equipment and technology will keep your automotive shop years above the rest in efficiency and productivity. Strong magnets, safety equipment, useful technology, and handy tools will make life easier for yourself and your workers, saving you money, energy, and time.