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FIFO stands for “First In, First Out” and is usually associated with valuing cost of goods sold in inventory. For the purpose of this post, we will be using it in terms of scheduling and completing work at a machine shop. Difference between FIFO and LIFO FIFO (First In, First Out) and LIFO (Last In, First Out) are acronyms used to express when your workload enters the shop and when it leaves. In the case of many machine shops (and other service shops), they get sucked into a LIFO workflow. This means that they do not complete the older tasks...

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Most aftermarket installation shops have humble beginnings in a personal garage. Then it grows to inhabit a formal location and may scale up or move a couple times. At some point, the desire to complete more work may warrant hiring the first employee. While this may seem like the logical next step, it can spell disaster for the business if the conditions aren’t right. Preface Growing your performance shop can be an extremely satisfactory experience! It allows you to take on larger builds, generate more revenue, and have more widespread notoriety within the community. But, with this grown can come...

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Most shops just set their hourly rate by choosing a number out of thin air. We want you to use data to determine what it should actually be. This video demonstrates how you can calculate the effective hourly rate at your shop. Using your overhead expenses and how many hours you actually billed customers, you can determine if you are charging enough to cover your expenses. It also explains some reasons why you should increase your prices to ensure that you are making money. You can download a PDF version of this video by clicking this link.    

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Tool Review -

A digital borescope is a great tool you can use to quickly and clearly diagnose engine problems for your customers. At $350, the Vividia AbleScope VA-800 USB Borescope is an excellent buy and a useful tool for any performance shop. It's a great idea to document any damage you encounter while working on a customer's car. My Shop Assist allows you to upload photos to a task (such as Diagnose Engine Failure") so you and the customer can reference them at anytime.  This tool is great for quickly determining the origin of the engine failure. No more guessing on what...

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My Shop Assist -

It’s all too common to have a fleet of dormant cars taking up space at the shop. They are usually comprised of personal project cars, delinquent customer cars, and long-term never-ending builds. High car count typically means excessive storage fees, long lead times, and headaches resulting from trying to remember every last detail about the cars. You are probably saying “Yes” to too many projects and also not charging enough for your services. You may be bringing in projects before they are actually ready to be worked on and accepting projects that exceed your skill set. Plus, you probably hate...

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