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Old 09-18-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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I'm starting side-work tommorow. I need a way to make customers come to me. I was thinking of "luring" them in with an oil change similiar to how other places do (aftermarket chains, dealerships) so they will take their cars to me for work instead of ripoff places like dealerships.

I was thinking of having the customer buy his own oil filter or oil...and then I would change him/her about 6$

Again this price point is pretty essential because they would basically take their car to me after I change their oil seeing as they will get a dealership tech without the dealership cost.

What do you think is a fair price point.

I was also thinking of doing package deals. Like 13$ Oil change, Full Inspection, Wash and Vacuum.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I'm starting side-work tommorow.
You probably should have been thinking about this question before now lol


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I was thinking of having the customer buy his own oil filter or oil...and then I would change him/her about 6$
Meh.....alot of the people who go somewhere for an oil change do so becasue they don't know what they're doing, and don't care to. Liable to come back with the wrong filter and wrong oil. I don't think they'll want to pick out their own products in one place, and then bring it to another, when the place they bought the stuff probably could have done the change right there and then.


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I was also thinking of doing package deals. Like 13$ Oil change, Full Inspection, Wash and Vacuum.
I think that sounds good....doing a package. But for an oil change (including product), an inspection, a wash and vacuum......all by one guy (I assume), I think you could bump it up to $25 at least. That's still a great deal.


Now, if you are doing it by yourself, how are you going to get all that done in a reasonable amount of time so that others don't have to wait too long and drive away?


Good idea though. I'm certainly not knocking it.

Are you in a visible, high traffic location?
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:11 PM
 
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You probably should have been thinking about this question before now lol




Meh.....alot of the people who go somewhere for an oil change do so becasue they don't know what they're doing, and don't care to. Liable to come back with the wrong filter and wrong oil. I don't think they'll want to pick out their own products in one place, and then bring it to another, when the place they bought the stuff probably could have done the change right there and then.




I think that sounds good....doing a package. But for an oil change (including product), an inspection, a wash and vacuum......all by one guy (I assume), I think you could bump it up to $25 at least. That's still a great deal.


Now, if you are doing it by yourself, how are you going to get all that done in a reasonable amount of time so that others don't have to wait too long and drive away?


Good idea though. I'm certainly not knocking it.

Are you in a visible, high traffic location?


Yeah; I live off a main road so its fairly busy.I'm using my garage outside.

I could always tell the customer what oil to get. But that may turn out to be a hassle for some people...but my target market are people who are barely holding onto their cars so they may not have a choice.

The struggling single mothers, the guy who just got laid off, minimum wage workers..etc. etc..

I'm pretty sure saving themselves 10-15$ will be worth the hassle.

The problem is that I'm not sure if I should store a little supply of oil ( like 4 or 5 gallons of of each grade of oil) or invest money in oil. There will be too many types of cars I would be dealing with so I won't have the oil available.


I don't mind dong a low price point..I'm just concerned with recruiting customers.

I think 20$ is more reasonable.
My other services will still be a bargain, professionally executed but I will make some profit out of it.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:34 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Most professionals around here are running $39, a few have $29 specials. Adding in other services to the oil change you really should get a bit more. I agree with $20.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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First off put up a HUGE sign......

"Quakersh*t NOT used here"!

$6 seems very fair for doing the work. Most 5 qt cars will take less than 30 minutes if you can get them up on drive up ramps. I'd also HIGHLY stress they are buying better oil and a better filter and getting more for their money than the quick lube joint down the street using dinosaur sludge and a cheap tampon filter!
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:41 PM
 
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You can also offer....

Red Line Synthetic Oil

Royal Purple - Synthetic Oil and Performance Lubricants


Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil | Official US Site


http://www.castrol.com/castrol/secti...tentId=7050795


Those douchebags down at the local quick lube never even heard of any of them before.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:46 PM
 
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I think perhaps the OP is unestimating running small business with laws and liabilty.Everyone has to learn :I guess.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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First off put up a HUGE sign......

"Quakersh*t NOT used here"!
We also don't strip out drain plugs, knock the corners off because we can't read fractions, over/under fill, leave oil filters loose so they leak, lube the seals so it doesn't leak, knock off wiring or plugs with our hamfists....scratch up hoods and fenders because our beer guts are too big with our belt buckles and trucker chain driven wallets.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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$6 to $10 per oil change with their materials.

20% - 30% mark up with yours.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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This is still the best conventional oil out......

http://www.castrol.com/castrol/produ...tentId=6030785
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