If your auto shop is just getting started, offering a limited selection of services is understandable. But when you’re ready to start growing your business, expanding your service lineup is one of the most effective ways to pursue this goal.
That said, some services can bring in much more money than others. Here’s AutoVitals’ guide to the most profitable auto repair services your shop can offer. By prioritizing these services, you’ll be capable of taking your garage to the next level!
Oil changes are a fact of life, which is why there are countless dedicated oil change businesses out there. Even so, oil changes are one service that your garage absolutely needs to offer.
Of course, there’s a good chance that oil changes will make up a good chunk of your profits by themselves. Even so, this is far from the only reason they’re an essential part of any auto shop’s service lineup. Oil changes are also a service drivers frequently need, giving you a perfect chance to establish a relationship with new customers. With that connection in place, the odds that they’ll visit your shop for larger-scale repairs will skyrocket.
Between friction and everyday wear and tear, all sorts of car parts wear out over time. And since brakes are meant to create friction, it only makes sense that they’d wear out before you know it.
This is why no list of the most profitable auto repair services would be complete without brake repair and replacement. Better yet, most brake fixes involve off-the-shelf parts and easy-to-calculate labor costs. Make sure your shop is ready to handle one-off brake repair requests and brake care as part of a broader maintenance schedule.
In a vacuum, there would be little reason to include diagnostic services on a list of profitable car repair services. While they allow you to charge for your time, they don’t come with any associated parts revenue.
On the other hand, diagnostics are a fantastic way to meet new customers and convince them to do business with you over the long term. Since today’s cars are so technologically advanced, it’s more complex than ever for the average driver to figure out what’s wrong with their vehicle. In many cases, expensive diagnostic equipment is needed to get to the heart of things — diagnostic equipment few motorists have access to on their own.
By offering assistance with diagnostics, your shop will benefit from:
While diagnostic services aren’t the right fit for every shop, they can certainly give you a boost if they fit your business model. Because of the perks they can deliver, some shops even offer diagnostic services for free!
Not all drivers in the US have to deal with significant changes in weather conditions when the seasons change, but many people do. And when the weather changes, alignment issues often follow.
This is doubly true in wintery areas where motorists are likely to switch between standard wheels and snow tires. That’s because tire changes come with a risk of wheel misalignment.
Luckily for your customers, any good auto shop can check and adjust their alignment in no time. You can handle this procedure in isolation and make it an add-on service with tire rotation/new tire purchases.
Like many other parts of the modern-day automobile, suspension systems are complicated. They put up with a lot of abuse on the road, including everything from potholes to inclement weather. Furthermore, they’re far too intricate for drivers to fix on their own.
However, any qualified auto shop is up to the challenge of fixing suspensions for its customers. Suspension-related parts aren’t hard to include in a labor quote, so it’s easy to profit from these services.
No matter where your shop is based in the US, your customers need some climate control systems in their vehicles. Depending on the season and your location, you should be ready to work on both air conditioning and heating systems.
Like any auto system, heating and A/C systems will eventually need maintenance and repair services. With that in mind, it’s wise for your shop to take advantage of this market by providing these services. After all, very few drivers will put up with an uncomfortably hot or cold cabin for long.
As you may have already noticed, having a parts shop in your garage isn’t exactly a “service.” Still, you can turn some extra profit by letting customers buy parts from your shop—and you can set your own margins for added income. Plus, this doesn’t involve extra work on your part, so it won’t come with any added labor costs.
Most of the services your shop offers are too complicated for the average driver to tackle independently. With that in mind, it’s wise to focus on selling things like replacement windshield wipers that your clients will likely take care of themselves anyway. Your customers could even buy these parts while waiting for you to finish more in-depth repairs!
Now that you’re familiar with the most profitable auto repair services, the next step is knowing when to provide them to your clients. By performing complete inspections whenever possible, you’ll keep your customers safe and make them more likely to give you repeat business. (Plus, you’ll boost your ARO in the process!)
The best way to ensure your full inspections are truly comprehensive is to use a digital inspection checklist — and AutoVitals’ Digital Vehicle Inspection software. Your techs will get the guidance they need on every inspection, and your customers will get the peace of mind they deserve as a result. Take the first step by scheduling a demo today!