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Hey guys, I am 25 and i am a car enthusiast. I am planning to setup a garage, i need reference or business consultants or specialist from auto modification business.
 

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Hey guys, I am 25 and i am a car enthusiast. I am planning to setup a garage, i need reference or business consultants or specialist from auto modification business.
Hello, there are many business owners on this site who specialize in the auto repair and modification business. Each one will probably tell you if you can find clientele, and keep them happy you will do well.
Where are you located? How big will your shop be?
 

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The best I can say is do some thorough research. I don't know where you're at and it can vary from place to place. It can be more costly then one would think initially. Having a technical business takes things to a new level and the answers you need are particular to your location. Most vendors won't sell wholesale without a business license and corresponding info. Do some due diligence before laying out the first $.

Just a few things I've been through.

The building. Buying or leasing? Does it meet current codes? Is it zoned commercial and /or for automotive use. What other zoning requirements? Will the owner/landlord permit automotive use? Some don't carry insurance for Haz-mat's or want the mess associated with automotive. Do you need to have a specific type and design of signage in place to get a c/o and open up shop? Big dollars. You might have to have a plan for storage and disposal of Hazmat's, oily rags etc. and meet fire code. Are you going to need fire proof trash cans and storage cabinets that equal sizable $$?

Pay attention to the fine print if you sign a lease. Some put the tenant responsible for maintenance and/or taxes. Don't underestimate these things when looking at a building. It can get you into fixing pot holes in the parking lot, replacing dead landscaping, or modifying bathrooms for handicap access. Again, if the building doesn't meed current codes in that particular municipality. A new business license opens a door for a lot of prying gov't officials with the ability of delaying an opening day for several months while you pay for a building you can't use.

Be aware of commercial rates on electric and a phone line. They are considerably higher then residential rates. You're going to want a landline to get listed on search engines and business listings.

You're going to need garage owners liability insurance of some sort. Very expensive. Don't operate without it. I work in the collision industry and can say that when cars come in the first person blamed is the last one that worked on it. People are sue happy. Protect yourself.

I've been there, and as a small shop or one man show you end up working a week or so out of every month just to cover overhead. It's not always glitz and glam. The really ugly side to being a shop owner is having to run off the people that want to call themselves friends. Some of the he same ones saying they want you to hook up their vehicle at this point in time will be the ones wanting deep discounts on parts, to borrow your tools, shop, and your expertise to put the stuff on and be using your facilities to change their oil and what not. It happens.

Losses are a part of any business plan. Lost, broken, missing tools, a blown up air compressor, a car comes back with a new part that went defective and you have to warranty etc. All things that stop you on a money making jobs and cut the bottom line.

I'm not trying to be discouraging. Just be thorough before you start laying money out or signing anything. Make sure you have the workload and the capitol to support it if you have a slow month or some unforeseen costs. You could open the doors and cars pile in , but you need to be prepared if it doesn't go that way once obligated to a lease that might include a personal guarantee.
 

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You can advertise for free on places like Yelp, I believe Google also. I'm just working part time/semi retired and get more work than I can handle from free advertising and word of mouth. Although after Yelp has been bugging me to upgrade to a pay for web page, I swear they are playing games with me. I keep getting phone calls from people 600+ miles away from me. I haven't found out just what is going on, people say they found me on the internet but never can tell me exactly where? After some time you will find most of your new customers are coming from word of mouth. I'm in a specialty business not related to cars and long ago I had to advertise in about 7 yellow page books, $$$$$. The internet has changed that. Even if you need to pay for a website it's still a lot cheaper than the old yellow pages. Plan on not making much money for the first couple years.



Liability insurance will be very high until you have quite a few years with no claims. For some reason companies don't want to cover you at all if you have operated for some time without insurance, or they will charge you more than if you had it all along. The cheapest coverage you can get is for $1,000,000 coverage and I'd imagine you would need far more than that.



Don't be afraid to charge what other locals are charging, maybe a little less until they start flocking in then be sure to get up there with the competition or maybe a little higher. My business is much different where if I charge too much for 25% of people who call me and they don't hire me, I end up making more money doing less work.


One more very important thing. Find some older established garages way out of your area and try talking to the owner. You will find some of them will gladly give you good advice on all kinds of matters. Not all will be willing, but some will. If you call them, first ask if they have time to talk for a minute or two, if they start giving advice they just may keep going. Or start visiting some shops out of your area ask a question or two. You will find quickly who wants to talk or who is too busy. Find the guy who sits in the office while his employees are out in the garage.
 

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Hey guys, I am 25 and i am a car enthusiast. I am planning to setup a garage, i need reference or business consultants or specialist from auto modification business.
Since your IP shows you are in Madurai India... I suggest finding local consultants in your country
 
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