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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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5 Mods That Reduce Your Car’s Value

5 Mods That Reduce Your Car’s Value

Whether you just bought a new car and you want to make it look unique or you’re looking to freshen up an older car, it’s sometimes tempting to make some aftermarket modifications. Aftermarket mods can get very pricey, and sometimes they can actually decrease the resale value of your car. Here are some modifications to avoid if you want your car to retain its resale value. 1. Body Kits The installation of a body kit involves removing your car’s factory…

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How to Part Out Your Car

How to Part Out Your Car

So, you’re considering parting out your car. Maybe you’ve been in an accident or the cost of replacing your engine exceeds the car’s resale value. Before you begin, you need to have a plan that will maximize the amount of money you can earn from the parts while minimizing the hassle of selling and removing those parts. These 5 steps will make the process easier, and will ensure that you aren’t left with a pile of parts you can’t sell….

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9 Common Auto Repair Scams To Avoid

9 Common Auto Repair Scams To Avoid

PartsMarket was featured on cheapcarinsurance.net a while back chatting about some of the most popular repair scams out there. These are some great things to be aware of while getting your car repaired. 9 Common Auto Repair Scams to Avoid Whether it’s high prices, problems not fixed properly or repairs that don’t hold up, there are some auto repair shop scams that consumers should be aware of. Some may be innocent and may just be overzealous salesmen trying to make sure…

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Finding Parts for My 2000 Ford Ranger

Finding Parts for My 2000 Ford Ranger

When I lived in Sacramento, my family occasionally needed to transport large items: furniture, construction materials, and the like. I always fancied the idea of getting a small truck, but I was never sure if I would use the truck enough to justify paying $5,000-$10,000. One day, I was browsing Craigslist and found a red 2000 Ford Ranger with only 73,000 miles for $1,500. Only one problem… The truck has been in a front collision and needed repair. After negotiating…

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