FTR 029: Tom Ham Part 1: What Techs want from Shop Owners
Tom Ham, with the help of his wife Deb, is the creator and owner of Automotive Management Network a 12,000 plus member website dedicated to the exchange of vehicle service management information. Tom got his start in the auto service industry pumping gas in the late ’60s. Tom and his wife operate Auto Centric, an import specialty shop in Grand Rapids, MI. Tom and Deb have five children including two sons and a daughter who served in the Iraq War as U.S. Marines. He writes extensively on industry topics. Discover Tom’s previous episodes HERE.
Key Talking Points:
Standard Benefits are necessary.
Staffing. Hire people who are friendly and cooperative.
Hire great service advisers.
Estimate accurately. Ask me if you need more information.
Be fair with labor times. One of the biggest complaints.
Provide me with information that is user-friendly.
Provide state of the art information technology.
Bring in enough cars to keep me busy
Maintain honest and ethical business practices.
Create and maintain consistent and well-defined guidelines.
Offer opportunities for advancement.
Buy quality parts.
Provide a low-stress environment as much as possible.
Manage well. Don’t micromanage.
Provide a fair pay system and review it and adjust as necessary.
Include a weekly tool allowance.
Provide all the necessary tools other than basic hand tools.
Provide the correct equipment for the work you take in.
Training. Offer plenty of training opportunities and compensate me for off-hours training time away from my family.
Maintain a clean and organized facility.
Maintain an nice employee break room for your employees.
Work hours. Avoid weekend and evening hours.
Create a four day work week option.
Create flexible work hours.
Offer a reasonable work week.
Respect your employees. Treat people fairly.
A special thanks to Tom Ham for sharing his passion – For The Record.
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