How Can we Stay Competitive in the Auto Repair Market?

Vehicles will always need to be serviced, and it’s nearly impossible to outsource this industry overseas. For both car enthusiasts and shop owners—and just about everyone who drives or will drive a car—the auto landscape is quickly changing in profound ways. The changes will affect everything about the owner/car relationship, and if auto-related businesses and DIY’ers don’t stay on top of the market, their ability to service vehicles on both the professional and DIY levels will be reduced or fundamentally restricted.

The concept boils down to one idea: auto mechanics need to educate themselves
in a much more “techy” manner than in the past, if they want to be able to service newer, more digitally-controlled vehicle processes. Plus, Mechanic under car consulting futuristic interface the auto repair industry, like it or not, is shrinking. Let’s look at some industry-busting stats. Millions of technicians are retiring now or in the near future, and there are not millions of young techs to replace them. At the same time, cars are lasting longer than ever before; the so-called “sweet spot” for aftermarket repairs today (6 – 11 years old) will only increase by the year 2020. In the next five years, the market will see 76 million vehicles at least 16 years old. This means that cars
fitted with today’s technology are here to stay, which in turn means technicians need to be prepared to handle these advanced vehicles if they want to stay relevant against a shrinking and increasingly competitive base. Given that only 25% of car owners get their repairs done at dealerships, there’s no reason to believe Mr. and Mrs. Smith from the neighborhood won’t be stopping
by your shop… if you’re certified to work on their vehicle. Also consider that while a little over half of the car market is projected to remain domestic, shops that service less-common sports cars, such as Ferraris and Jaguars, are going to stand out in the sea of professional shops that aren’t
equipped for these jobs.

The best news for anyone who works on vehicles today is that many of the traditional methods of auto repair will always be in fashion. We’ll always
need to get under our cars with lifts or jacks, and the sort of equipment that Puli deals in (tire changers, wheel balancer, car lifts, tire inflator,air
compressors, etc.) will always have a place in the auto field. Still, time only moves forward: technology improves and global safety standards become stricter, which means we have to constantly adapt our product lines to keep up with the times. If we didn’t, we’d be out of business by now or losing to our competitors. (Fortunately, this hasn’t been the case!)

Perhaps the biggest market change today is the switch to digital processes. This is more than an engine diagnostic on a laptop or tablet, although these devices remain incredibly useful. At this point in time, your ability to stay certified in new repair methods and car technologies is essential, and the one thing we know about technology is that it’s only going to get crazier, more impressive and more difficult to learn if we don’t keep up. Updated shop equipment needs to be purchased regularly, so unfortunately for customers and shops alike, expensive technology, training and equipment upgrades mean service costs aren’t likely to decrease any time soon. The few out there in the DIY sector who are able to keep up, however, are likely to flourish (the mythical half mechanic / half tech-pro).

Wireless connectivity is another game-changing feature that’s fast becoming more and more a part of the auto repair world. Car manufacturers are already able to send downloadable upgrades, which potentially reduces body shop involvement in the upkeep of complex vehicle functions. This translates into lost revenue for auto shops. On the other hand, all technology, especially wireless technology, has the potential to break or malfunction, and anything on the web is vulnerable to hacking. Service shops certified to handle a multitude of wirelessly controlled devices will have a leg up on dealerships and other competing shops, but it will take an ongoing dedication to hiring and training auto mechanics on 21st-century services and technologies.

To this end, shop trainers need to bolster their response to increases in vehicle telematics, which refers to “the branch of information technology that
deals with the long-distance transmission of computerized information.” We’re close to the day when auto shops across the country will be able to wirelessly deliver engine diagnostic data to customers before their cars even make it into
the shop. This signifies a very real shift in the services you need to offer if you plan to stay ahead. Can you envision how powerful of a tool remote
diagnosis could be? The marketing potential alone is worth the price of admission (so to speak). Not to mention, you’re creating huge savings for
customers and inspiring their trust, which means repeat business, which means referrals, etc. And that’s just one example of the changes to come!

At Puli, we try to stay ahead of our competition by offering customers as much access to our services as possible. We also know we can always do better, so we’re constantly improving our products, website and means of connecting with
our distributors. Even little details, ones that show our customers we keep up with the times, go a long way.



Which Lift Is Best for You?

The decision generally comes down to price and purpose.

In terms of purpose, you have to decide if you’re more interested in storing or repairing your vehicle.

If you want to regularly service your car, a 2 post lift is the right choice.

Although you could also use a 2 post lift to store your cars, it will unload your vehicle’s suspension because it doesn’t support the wheels. What’s more, it can take a few tries to spot your vehicle on a 2 post lift.

If you want a lift for reliable storage, a 4 post lift is the right choice and can still be used for service.

You can get the best of both worlds by purchasing a 4 post lift and a separate sliding jack. In terms of price, the two can be bundled to save cost.

If you’re struggling to decide, visit a garage lift expert. See the products that interest you and ask questions. This way, you’ll find a lift that perfectly meets your needs.

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When You Should Choose a 4 Post Lift

4 post lifts are built for storage. They carry and stabilize all four wheels, which lets you safely park one car on top of another. Just drive onto the lift, raise it with the touch of a button, and park another car underneath. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Don’t worry – space isn’t an issue.

Regardless of your choice, 4 post lifts easily and safely store your summer car during off season driving periods. You’ll use your garage space to the fullest.

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When You Should Choose a 2 Post Lift

If you want to repair or tinker with the underside of your car, choose a 2 post lift. An arm attached to each post lifts the centre of the vehicle, giving you the access you need to comfortably work on your vehicle’s vital areas. The motor, wheels, and suspension are easily accessible.

2 post lifts are surprisingly versatile. The PL-3.5-2B has a lifting height of 70.9 inches, making it perfect for small cars and most residential garages.


How to Fit a 4 Post Lift in Your Garage

Is trying to determine the space and height requirements to install a 4 post lift in your home garage causing you some challenges?

The first step to solving your problem is finding a reputable manufacturer that makes a variety of vehicle lifts. Experienced employees will help you find a model that comfortably fits in your garage.

But there are other steps you should take to install a lift that will allow you to safely park an extra car.

Here are the top four questions to address to ensure successful 4 post lift installation:

1.What Measurement Do I Need?

When choosing to install a 4 post lift in your garage, you must you ensure you have the necessary space available.

The typical foot print for a 4 post car storage lift is 103 inches wide by 173 inches long.

To help put the size of the lift in perspective, we design the lift so that the inside of the vertical columns on either side of the runway are 8 feet apart.

This is the typical opening of most garage doors.

In terms of the length, most passenger cars are approximately 16 to 17 feet. 

So, in most cases, if you can fit a car in the garage, you will able to fit the lift in the same space.

Then, the only determining factor will be the minimum height required.

2.How Much Height Do I Need?

The question we get asked most often is “how much height do I need?”

Unfortunately, there isn’t a concrete answer to this question since every customer is a bit different.

But there is an easy way to figure it out for your space and your cars. It’s all math. A simple equation will tell you how high your garage ceiling must be to use and store a 4 post vehicle lift.

Let’s say you want to park a Fox Body Mustang above a ’69 Camaro. Both are about 55 inches tall. The lift itself needs another eight inches of height.

Four inches is for the runway thickness. The other four inches is for clearance onto a safety device.

Here’s the equation you’ll need to follow to see if the car lift will fit in your garage:

Mustang 55” + Camaro 55” + Lift 8” = 118” Minimum height required

As you can see, your garage ceiling must have a minimum height of 118 inches, or 9’.8” feet.

3.What About the Garage Door?

To use garage space to the fullest, you may need a high-lift kit on your existing garage door. Installing these kits involves changing the garage door track to increase vertical rise, while keeping the original door. A spring change may also be needed.

But the most important part of the process is setting up a jackshaft garage door opener.

Unlike most openers, these ones don’t waste space by hanging from the middle of your ceiling. They’re mounted on the wall in the free area beside your garage door.

Contact a garage door service company. They will likely need to look at the existing hardware to be able to perform an estimate on the conversion.

You’ll instantly notice the extra ceiling height, giving you the space you need for your 4 post lift.

4.What About the Slope of the Garage Floor?

Each garage floor has slope for drainage, starting at about 1/8 feet for each foot of floor.  This can make the approach angle tricky when driving onto some lift designs.

When in doubt, call professionally-trained sales associates. There may be different options for the lift you decide to choose, based on the wheelbase and ride height of your car.

By working with a company that manufactures vehicle lifts for residential garages, you will quickly and easily figure out what the best car lift is for your specific vehicle and space requirements.

Remember, buying a 4 post lift is a cost-effective alternative to expanding your garage. Instead of undergoing an expensive year-long process, you’ll house an extra car after a safe and quick installation.

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