Rob Gehring
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Fixed Operations Consultants Needed

Started this discussion. Last reply by NANCY SIMMONS Apr 11, 2012. 1 Reply

       Due to rapid growth we are in need of additional fixed operations consultants. Please email resume for consideration to tereash@fixedperformance.comContinue

 

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Technician Mentor Program

Typically, a dealership will invest over $40,000 to get a technician certified to master status. To keep this technician current will require investing additional thousands in training every year. Historically dealerships haven’t attempted to maximize this investment by sharing with less trained newer talent. With the shortage of new technicians entering into the automotive industry, dealerships must…See More
Apr 16
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Growing Technicians

One of the largest concerns facing the automotive industry is the shortage of technicians. Many qualified technicians have left in retirement or have moved on to other markets that also have needs such as fleets or oilfields. Adding to this concern is very few young technicians have chosen to enter a market with so many challenges. A few of the obstacles for today’s youth that desire to be a technician…See More
Apr 3
Rob Gehring posted a blog post

Growing Technicians

One of the largest concerns facing the automotive industry is the shortage of technicians. Many qualified technicians have left in retirement or have moved on to other markets that also have needs such as fleets or oilfields. Adding to this concern is very few young technicians have chosen to enter a market with so many challenges. A few of the obstacles for today’s youth that desire to be a technician…See More
Apr 3
Rob Gehring posted a blog post

The Future of Technician Income

Technician income is on the rise and the current shortage of available technicians is as well causing concerns for most dealerships across the country. Dealers have become aggressive offering more per flat rate hour and I’ve seen sign-on bonuses as high as $20,000. New technicians coming into the Automotive industry is low quickly elevating the shortage. The new technicians that enter the field face…See More
Mar 23
Rob Gehring posted a blog post

Developing Your Standards

Those who hope to achieve success in life understand your standards hold a critical part in any achievement. Isn’t it interesting as critical as standards are towards achievement so little time is spent understanding and developing them? We are so caught up with the concerns of the day and dealing with current issues there isn’t any time left to develop the processes that would eliminate them. Recently I…See More
Mar 19
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What is Your Primary Focus?

I’ve had the privilege of visiting thousands of dealership service departments throughout the United States. The most successful have common characteristics and today I would like to illustrate one. Many have heard me say how important customer pay effective labor rate is along with repair order count. I’ve had countless training sessions illustrating the importance of gross profit margins on labor or…See More
Mar 6
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The Customer Is Right.

I’m not going to be bold and say the customer is always right. Frankly, they are not always right however, without them you have no business. Let’s rephrase that and say the customer is important. We could even say the customer is critical and be correct. What I find amazing is how little interaction there is between management and staff in exactly how the customer should be treated.…See More
Feb 21
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Customer Pay is King

Having spent my entire life in and around fixed operations of car dealerships there have been many changes. One of the sayings I’ve heard is that the only consistent thing in car dealerships is change. And serious change has occurred such as warranty work being down and the regulations associated with it climbing. They are building the cars better and have become more complicated to repair. Training requirements and equipment needs…See More
Jan 18
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What Now?

The moment you notice something may be going wrong the very first thought that comes into your mind might be “what now.” Many people I know have the expectation that their life is just going to be full of problems no matter what they do. In a way, with this mentality, it justifies their life being miserable. The truth is this attitude is never going to be productive or have a long-term…See More
Jan 9
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Did you leave money on the table in 2017?

Gross profit is critical to the bottom line and warranty parts and labor reduce our results. The cost of training, equipment, special tools, and labor continue to rise making profit a challenge for dealerships. Our new Margin Plus program can get your dealership additional gross profit to offset the challenges. Let’s see what you are leaving on the table and perform a data pull from your DMS with two…See More
Jan 3
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The Life You Want

Few people would hesitate to describe the life they want to live. Today I ask what life you want. You had to think about what you would like to do for work or where you would like to live. You might be waiting for the genie in a magic bottle. Maybe you play the lottery considering what to do when you win. Neither of these is very likely to happen so let’s not spend any more time considering them. The…See More
Dec 27, 2017
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I Don’t Want To

It’s easy to say you want to accomplish something and even acknowledge it in front of others. When you start down the path of day-to-day life obstacles should be an expectation that will come your way. The way we think about those obstacles will determine the success or failure of our goal. When a new obstacle arises at first I question if I want to. Recently, I committed to exercising every day and this…See More
Dec 21, 2017
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Volume or Margin

One of the most important considerations we have in business is to understand the balance in choosing between volume and margin. If a dealership was only concerned about volume they might price customer pay repair labor at $60 per hour. If they were only concerned about margin they would consider a labor repair rate of $180 per hour as reasonable. The reality is neither one of these decisions would not lead to…See More
Dec 12, 2017
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The Inspired Life

I’ve heard most successful people are described as goal orientated or driven. They have a passion for their achievement daily and are inspired towards their purpose. Today I want to use an example of an individual I’ve known for many years, Shawn Dill. Shawn fits the bill I just described plus a lot more. Whenever success is illustrated in an individual’s life I believe you should look for tools you can use…See More
Dec 5, 2017
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What’s Your Risk Factor?

Recently I’ve experienced some intermittent chest pain every now and then that would last about 10 to 15 seconds and go away. After considering potential health implications I went to my local doctor’s office that performed an EKG. After the EKG was performed she was studying the print out very concerned. She then looked at me and suggested I go to an ER for further testing and said if I were her…See More
Nov 29, 2017
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What's Your Impact?

All of us have individuals in our lives that for better or worse impact who we are as a person forever. One of those individuals for me was a technician I worked with while being a fixed ops director for a car dealership. He came up to me one morning asking me to read a brochure then have a meeting with him. The brochure was about ALS disease better known as Lou Gehrig’s. I read the information as he directed and said…See More
Nov 22, 2017

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Technician Mentor Program

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Typically, a dealership will invest over $40,000 to get a technician certified to master status. To keep this technician current will require investing additional thousands in training every year. Historically dealerships haven’t attempted to maximize this investment by sharing with less trained newer talent. With the shortage of new technicians entering…

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Growing Technicians

Posted on April 3, 2018 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

One of the largest concerns facing the automotive industry is the shortage of technicians. Many qualified technicians have left in retirement or have moved on to other markets that also have needs such as fleets or oilfields. Adding to this concern is very few young technicians have chosen to enter a market with so many challenges. A few of the obstacles…

Continue

The Future of Technician Income

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Technician income is on the rise and the current shortage of available technicians is as well causing concerns for most dealerships across the country. Dealers have become aggressive offering more per flat rate hour and I’ve seen sign-on bonuses as high as $20,000. New technicians coming into the Automotive industry is low quickly elevating the…

Continue

Developing Your Standards

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Those who hope to achieve success in life understand your standards hold a critical part in any achievement. Isn’t it interesting as critical as standards are towards achievement so little time is spent understanding and developing them? We are so caught up with the concerns of the day and dealing with current issues there isn’t any time left to develop…

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Trainer
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Fixed Performance Inc
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president owner
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http://fixedperformance.com
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I work with car dealerships to improve fixed operations customer care and profits. Fixed coverage is the key for the dealerships of today to prosper in the future. Retaining customers through a wonderful customer experance in service sells more cars as a bonus!

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At 9:10am on January 20, 2011, Bruce M said…

Rob,

Good to see you on dealerELITE.net.  Thanks for the great information and safe traveling!

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