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35% of Drivers Don’t Know When To Replace Their Tires

35% of Drivers Don’t Know When To Replace Their Tires

Perhaps its our society’s aversion for the word “balding,” but studies have shown that Americans don’t know how to tell when their tires are going bad. This is concerning for many safety reasons, but it also shows how much consumers rely on the expertise of their local mechanics. Truth be told, if drivers didn’t take their cars in for oil changes, they’d most likely never know to check out the health of their tires. Take it for what it’s worth,…

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7 Simple Ways Your Repair Shop Can Increase Customer Happiness

7 Simple Ways Your Repair Shop Can Increase Customer Happiness

Only a few short years ago, auto repair shops garnered more customers in the traditional way. They did great work, made customers happy, and paved the way for customer referrals and word of mouth. These days, everything is quite different. The internet is flooded with social network recommendations, directory services, and review sites that are used by all types of customers looking for the best options. Because of this, tech-savvy shops with decent advertising budgets have the ability to steal…

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10 Easy Ways an Auto Shop Can Increase Sales

10 Easy Ways an Auto Shop Can Increase Sales

Now that it’s about halfway through 2018, it’s a good time to look back at the year thus far to see the ways you and your shop can improve. There’s always room to do better, and here at PartsMarket, we aspire to drive your positive evolution in the form of a mutually beneficial partnership. A lot of what we try to can be boiled down to our knowledge and experience. Having worked with thousands of shops across the country, we…

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Should Your Shop Invest in Uniforms? Here are 5 Steps To Take!

Should Your Shop Invest in Uniforms? Here are 5 Steps To Take!

If you are an auto repair shop owner, you may have already considering purchasing uniforms for your team. After all, there is nothing quite like the classic mechanic look that everybody seems to expect when they take their car to the shop. For branding and marketing purposes, most experts strongly encourage that shops invest in uniforms in order to convey the level of professionalism that a customer expects. The “uniformity” in what is being worn by the workers creates an…

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Wow Your Shop Customers with SMS Alerts

Wow Your Shop Customers with SMS Alerts

One of our PRO customers has recently become an amazing case study on how expanding into text messaging can generate more business for a shop. Below, we’ll overview what this shop owner did to secure a spot on top of the minds of their current and potential customers using an SMS service. What is SMS? First of all, let’s start at square one. For those unfamiliar with the term, SMS stands for “Short Message Service.” Via a SMS, you can…

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An LKQ Alternative for Used Parts

An LKQ Alternative for Used Parts

The US auto recycling industry is huge, and is made up of over 6,000 licensed dismantlers nationwide. These licensed professionals can be a great source for used parts for the car you’re trying to repair. Whether you got into a fender bender and need some body parts, or you need a replacement alloy wheel, you can usually find used parts for a fraction of the dealer price. Unlike new dealer parts, used parts can vary tremendously in price. For example,…

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Five Warning Lights You Need To Know

Five Warning Lights You Need To Know

We all used to have to drive our cars around wondering if they were running alright. The second we would feel a few irregular bumps on the highway, we would panic and believe we ran over a nail. Whenever we began to feel hot, we quickly turned the A/C on and claimed the air was “not cold enough.” No matter what the paranoia stemmed from, our cars were never able to give us peace of mind. Until now. Nowadays, our…

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The Cars Mechanics Drive

The Cars Mechanics Drive

I have a lot of friends that are mechanics and/or shop owners. They all seem to have completely different tastes in vehicles. Kevin, who is one of my dearest friends, owns and drives almost exclusively Chevy Suburbans from one series, 98–2002 or somewhere in there. The Suburban fits his needs. It pulls his boat, travels thousands of miles of high mountain dirt roads in search of fishing holes, hauls motorcycles, etc. Ford and Chevy seem to be his sweet spots….

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Top 5 Unnecessary Auto Mechanic Repairs

Top 5 Unnecessary Auto Mechanic Repairs

Most auto mechanics are honest and trustworthy when it comes to giving accurate maintenance and repair advice. The problem is that there are some dishonest mechanics who take advantage of car owners to earn a profit by recommending unnecessary repairs. These are some unnecessary repairs that mechanics often recommend to line their pockets at the expense of trusting consumers. 1. Change your tire when you get a flat If you run over a nail on the road, some repair shops…

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PartsMarket vs Pick-n-Pull

PartsMarket vs Pick-n-Pull

When I started working on cars over 10 years ago, I would always visit Pick-n-Pull in hopes of finding a great deal on the part that I was looking for. On a lucky day, Pick-n-Pull would have the part, but more often, the part would be damaged or gone by the time I got there. When I was in school, I didn’t mind the 10-mile drive to Pick-n-Pull, the time spent waiting in line for entry, or the expedition to…

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