Touching Base…

Written by mitch on. Posted in Aftermarket, Blog, Consumer, Distribution, Manufacturing, Repair Community, Uncategorized

Just wanted to thank everyone for their support, the “Likes” and the encouragement. It means a lot…

I’d also like to let everyone know that we’re moving forward this project based upon the support and the traction we’re getting from the repair community and from other segments of the Aftermarket: capital “A.” And, I’ll be sharing all of that with you as soon as I can…

In the meantime, we’re forging ahead with what I’m calling our “First Choice” program here at the shop. We’re starting by creating a hierarchy of purchasing choices. For example, parts that are made in America by American companies and by American workers first… Parts that are manufactured here by off shore companies, but in American facilities by American workers – and, there are more than you probably think… Third would be parts that are assembled here by American companies and by American workers and so on down the list…

After we figure out the logistics of executing these choices and identifying those Made In America products, we are going to extend the warranties for an extra year and 12,000 miles to help add value and offset the cost. I’m not sure who will underwrite this or if anyone will. I just know that warranty isn’t a concern when you are sourcing quality parts and if a stronger economy is the result I’m willing to gamble with the risk!

When I get things sorted out I’ll share them here. Hopefully, it will make sense enough for everyone to buy in so we have something that at least looks like a coherent, consistent program with a process that’s manageable.

The most exciting part of any or all of this is that we can really do this. We can make this happen and we’re not alone…. ABC TV with David Muir and Diane Sawyer are promoting the same concept only they are focused on Holiday Shopping…

So, encourage everyone you know to either get more information or to get on board! This train is getting ready to leave the station!

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mitch

I am a fourth generation, forty-sixy year veteran of the automotive aftermarket: an ASE Certified Master Technician, Service Consultant and Approved Automotive Manager. I grew up in this business with a passion for all things mechanical, particularly those things relating to performance. That passion grew to include all aspects of management, leadership and personal development with a special focus on every day shop operations which resulted in an eight-volume series on automotive shop management published by Cengage Learning and Thomson Publishing. I have been a trade journalist writing to the aftermarket for almost thirty years, devoting my professional life to improving both the image and experience of everyone struggling to succeed in the service industry and I've worked diligently to improve communication and increase understanding between all segments of my industry. This site and everything on it is both an extension and a continuation of those efforts

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