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How can you get more out of your garage equipment? Ancillary Equipment that pays for itself

Investing in the best premium garage equipment is only the start for your business. To really get the most out of it & operate efficiently, some additional device are key.

Most garage owners believe that just the essential garage equipment (tyre changerwheel balancers, wheel aligner etc.) will be enough to grow their business & make them money. Investing in premium tyre fitting machines is a great start, but there are other obstacles to overcome. 

Add to this the additional work something like an alignment check can create & if you're not kitted out for the job you could see hours wasted. 

Ancillary garage equipment is the unsung hero of your garage. It is the devices that pay for themselves by increasing efficiencies, saving time & reducing risks. What's more, they can also directly increase revenue by enabling you to complete more work. 

Ancillary Equipment to Invest in Today

While a lot of the ancillary equipment on the market is optional & often a luxury, there are some solutions many deem essential. 

Vehicle Sanitisation

Unfortunately, we now live in a world where the biggest service your garage can offer starts before you even pick up a tool. Investing in a portable sanitisation unit like the O-Pro means you can promote your garage as a truly safe place for a customer to bring their vehicle. It is a competitive advantage that will make you first choice & help you remain open as you do your part to keep the people around you safe. 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE O-PRO HERE

Alignment Adjustment made safe & easy 

  HeatMate

Don't be that garage having to send a customer up the road or keep their car all day because you can't sort an adjustment. Heating tools have developed a lot & devices like the Heatmate Induction Heater remove any excuse for you to complete essential work. Common workshop processes become a breeze including the unseizing of bolts, Track rod ends and ball joints. These jobs get quicker & safer, meaning you can offer them with confidence more often. You're saving time & making more money. It'll pay for itself in no time! 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HEATMATE HERE

Selling Alignment the right way

Treadreader Handheld on a tyre for wheel alignment check

Selling alignment shouldn't be a thing. We all know the benefits it gives to the customer. Ultimately it means you're saving them money & probably costing yourself business. What if there was a way to illustrate this in a way that the customer could understand? Show them potential savings, dangers & issues? Devices like the Handheld TreadReader are built to do exactly that. It is your best alignment salesman. It speaks to the customer through its simple report. What's more, it takes less than a minute to use. Deploy this tool in your garage & not only will it pay for itself, it'll ensure you never lose out on an alignment job again. 

SEE THE TREADREADER IN ACTION HERE

These devices often have to be seen to truly appreciate just how much benefit they can bring to your business. Call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to arrange a demo. We're confident you'll want to invest then & there!

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Selling Your Services: the next best thing to a new car for your customers!

Convincing your customers to part with their well-earned money for the sake of wheel alignment or new tyres can be a massive struggle.

Unless you have the tools to physically show them what condition their tyres are in, the likelihood is you won't be upselling your services and they'll go on damaging their vehicle, reducing their MPG and generally ruining tyres.

What many of your customers probably fail to understand is, changing their tyres or having their wheel alignment checked can help to make their car feel as good as new again. Who doesn't want that?

The missed opportunity!

Tyres continue to degrade over time, it's an inescapable fact we must show.

Through exposure to the elements; sunlight, water, chemicals and continuous driving, the condition of tyres will decrease, causing performance and handling issues including extended braking distances and reduced grip when cornering.

Even if they don't drive long distances, the tyre's performance will reduce the older they get. Throw in adverse wear from mis-alignment and the distance driven may not matter.

So...

Have you been educating your customers on their tyres & alignment? Do you have the equipment needed to sell your services?

 

Upselling new rubber & alignment!

Wheel alignment has traditionally lived with the bad wrap of being a money maker, not a necessity. However, it has now grown into an industry leading service,creating revenue while improving the performance of their vehicle at the same time.

The old-fashioned view of wheel alignment has been driven away!

But customers still want to see proof that their tyres are in poor condition before parting with their cash. That's where Hofmann Megaplan come into the mix.

Quality reporting from the handheld salesman...

Increase your tyre sales and alignment services with the revolutionary TreadReader.

Released as the world's first pre-check tool, with the capability to integrate your Hofmann wheel alignment machine – this essential piece of equipment instantly provides the quality reporting necessary to sell to your customers transparently.

Offering 3D visual reports and information about the condition of their tyres, this portable and lightweight device can also identify issues such as worn suspension or misalignment.

Check out this device now!

Finding the right vehicle alignment machine...  

Setting the car's castor, camber and toe angle figures means better handling and more even tyre wear. Yes, that can also mean a longer tyre life. Therefore, having a reliable and accurate system in your garage is a must!

Designed to integrate seamlessly with the TreadReader, our range of wheel alignment machines provide efficient systems to cope with the busiest of alignment services.

Browse our range now!

Discuss selling your services with our dedicated team!

Contact our specialists online today or call us now on 01480 8-9-10-11 to get some more information on our range of wheel aligners and the handheld TreadReader.

We're also happy to discuss how to increase business in your garage!

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Do your customers know why wheel alignment services are so important?

Wheel alignment can save lives. Do your customers know this?

This may sound extreme or like scaremongering, but it is a fundamental fact; wheel alignment is conducted to ensure a car's wheels are functioning properly for optimal performanceIf they aren't working correctly, accidents are more likely to occur, putting the lives of your customers and their passengers at risk.

 

Do your customers know your Wheel Alignment Machine could save them more than money?

To answer this you must first think, do you know your wheel alignment system?

You will be surprised by the number of owners and mechanics alike that don't understand the power of the alignment equipment they use day in day out. This can be detrimental to the overall service you provide to your customers.

With the introduction of new technology from constant innovation, the garage equipment industry's top suppliers are creating new ways to make wheel alignment as easy as possible. Hofmann Megaplan has lead the charge on this for many years.

Step by step on-screen guides and live training demonstrations are also all provided by our Hofmann installation team – care and service is what sets us apart from the rest!

The best wheel alignment machine? Vehicle owners are getting smarter! 

Trying to pick out the right vehicle alignment machine for your garage can feel like a bit of a minefield, but you want to stay one step ahead of your competition if they're upselling 3D alignment your basic system.

Check out our previous blog to discover the best wheel alignment machine and how we have made it even better!

How often should you recommend wheel alignment?

Everyone has heard the standard responses to how often you should be getting customers to check their alignment; 6,000 miles or annually, check your vehicle handbook.

With so many variances, it is difficult to know what is right. So what should you be advising your customers?

A full wheel alignment service should be the first port of call for anyone involved in a collision. Hitting a curb is enough to knock alignment out and leave wheels in need of replacement sooner than expected.

Also, to ensure the car's wheels are functioning to their optimal performance, making sure your customer's wheel alignment is checked whenever a steering or suspension component is replaced, can help to identify any issues or areas that could be fatal out on the road.

Vehicle Wheel Alignment: The Bottom Line!

Consequences of not checking a car's alignment could be lethal. Having reliable car wheel alignment tools can make a HUGE difference.

Remember if your customer has been in an accident recently, advise they get their alignment checked immediately!

When it comes to alignment, your customers can either pay now or pay later. Simple!

Discuss your Wheel Alignment Services with our experts.

Making sure your wheel alignment services are up to scratch can be a pain – we are here to help!

Check out our range of wheel aligners online today. To discuss in more detail, contact us online now or call us on 01480 8-9-10-11.

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3 Garage Equipment systems you can’t live without!

The year of 2019 seems to be flying by, leaving garage equipment suppliers to contemplate what they have achieved so far this year but more importantly what will boost business between now and Christmas!

Exhibitions. New product launches. Hofmann have seen a multitude of changes and introductions across the garage equipment industry. Innovative technology set to change the future of garage services is currently keeping garage owners and mechanics alike on their toes.

Here are our top 3 technologies to get to grips with ASAP!

Tread health check tools: boost your alignment & tyre sales!

In our many years of experience, alignment is one of the best services for increasing revenue, and 2019 is no exception to that trend.

It's no surprise that when we introduced our revolutionary handheld TreadReader to the industry, it was welcomed as a revelation for helping increase alignment and tyre sales.

Due to the success of the TreadReader, our team have been busy working on a more rounded tread health check range for tread health tools. Spring saw the unveiling of our brand new TreadReader drive-over scanner, making it even easier for mechanics to get live on-screen feedback of tread health.

The visual reporting on both the hand-held and drive-over TreadReader makes it even easier for customers to see the condition of their tyres and you to make a transparent sale.

The TreadReader's pairing with our megalineSsence ULTRA alignment machine provides unquestionable service and this transparent clarity. We're setting a totally new standard in wheel alignment.

"It's like buying an aligner and getting a free salesman!!!"

The future is digital...

Making its introduction in style at Automechanika earlier this year, our totally digital advanced ADAS solution has been a huge talking point in the unavoidable subject of ADAS diagnostics.

After Automechanika it was obvious that the need for specialist ADAS equipment and professional knowledge were a concern for garage owners – even experts were displaying signs of worry.

Our recent advanced driver assistance system open day for both garage owners and distributors have addressed this concern, bringing together professionals from across the industry to understand the complexities of ADAS and unravel the mystery.

The advanced system from Hofmann Megaplan provides a simple solution to one of the most intricate automotive innovations in recent times!

A breath of fresh air this Summer!

Every summer, many garages ponder as to whether it is worth investing in air conditioning recharge machines – this year has been no different. Although the initial outlay can't put many off seem, the simple fact is these machines pay for themselves quickly!

You could be missing out on hundreds of servicing jobs that could increase your revenue and provide pure profit. Stop sending your business else where!

Our air conditioning units have become a must have for garages now air con is a fairly standard feature on most passenger vehicles. The need for vehicle air conditioning servicing is obvious.

Manufacturers are recommending that the average vehicle air con system is serviced at least every two years. It is easily marketable. Is this really a service you can afford not to offer?

Our team are always here to help!

Start to enhance your own garage services today – contact us online or call our dedicated sales team on 01480 8-9-10-11 for more information.

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