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It’s that time of year. Yes, the Holidays bring on all kinds of sales as consumers are searching for bargains. That’s what they’ve been conditioned to do each year. Many shoppers simply refuse to purchase anything unless it is discounted 20 to 50 percent.
Well, the clothing industry may operate on 40 % margins, but we can assure you that the automotive equipment industry does not. Our margins are much slimmer. If any company is able to discount their products by 40 percent at any given time, then that means they were over charging you in the first place. Who wants to deal with a company that regularly overcharges you by 30 percent?
Our prices are normally already steeply discounted, and our average margins are at about 10 %. That doesn’t mean we don’t offer discounts and sales. Each month, we have new promotions that offer discounts well below our normal pricing. These sales are meant to draw in new customers who have never purchased from us before. Once you have purchased from us, we find that you’ll keep coming back. This is because we offer some top level customer service, along with knowledge of the products and industry. Plus, we’re not going to try to up-sell you. We are going to fit you with the product that is right for your application, even if it costs less.
But the main point of this post is to remind you, (or perhaps warn you) that some of our prices will be going up soon. Come January 1st, many manufacturers we carry increase their prices. This is typical of many manufacturers. This is typically the time of year when they adjust their prices due to market conditions. The increases won’t be major. And they won’t be across the board. But there will be some minor increases. Some sales are also set to end at that time as well, particularly on some auto lifts and tire changers.
So if you’ve been dawdling, now is the time to get going. There are only a couple of weeks remaining. Don’t miss out.
It’s here! The new 64 page full color catalog from ASEDeals. People have been clamoring for our latest, most up to date catalog. We publish a new one every year. We distribute 10,000 each year. This one has more products than any previous catalog. It’s chock full of the latest car lifts, tire changers battery chargers, tool boxes and so many other products from many of the leading manufacturers. It contains auto lifts by BendPak, Dannmar and Challenger. It contains tire changers from Corghi, Ranger and CEMB. Tool boxes from Waterloo and Ranger. Floor jacks from Hein Werner, AFF, Omega, and Zinko. Air compressors from BelAire, BendPak and CAS. If you can think of a type of automotive shop equipment, odds are, it’s in there. So just give us a call, or email us to request a copy, or you can view a copy of it here. Then, just let us know if you have any questions on any of the products, and we will get you the information you need to make an informed decision on your purchase.
BendPak / Ranger, one of our largest manufacturers, announced on Monday that they plan on holding their prices at their current levels for the next two quarters. BendPak / Ranger is a manufacturer of such essential auto shop products as auto lifts, tire changers, exhaust tube benders, floor jacks, air compressors and much more. They have been manufacturing these types of products for over 40 years and are known throughout the industry as a leader in their field.
This announcement is significant as many of our manufacturers of automotive service equipment have recently increased their prices or have indicated they will be increasing prices in the near future. It’s no secret that commodity costs have increased dramatically over the past year which has had a noticeable impact on products that require steel, rubber, plastic and other raw materials. On top of that, labor costs have also risen in China and other countries. This has raised costs for many manufacturers who moved much of their production over to Asia in an effort to reduce costs and remain competitive.
BendPak’s decision shows that it is possible to hold the line on costs and remain competitive. They have shown true leadership on this and many other issues over the past 15 years that we have been carrying their products. That is one of the many reasons we are proud to carry their product line.
Too many customers call us in a confused state. They claim there are so many different types of tire changers and so many different manufacturers that it’s difficult for the typical technician to know what to get. Don’t worry. That’s why we’re here. Our job is to help you understand the variety of options available to you and to help you make sense of it all.
We’ve created a primer on all things tire changer. This article has appeared on one of the premier informational article web sites – Hub Pages. It explains all of the differences between the different types of tire machines available today and what factors to consider when making a purchase.
It’s a must-read for any technician or auto shop owner. Check it out by clicking on the link below and get back to us with any question.
The new Ranger Next Generation Tire Changers have many features you would find on a premium machine. We could tell you about the powerful two horsepower motor, significantly larger than most machines on the market today, which typically have a 1.5 HP motor. We could tell you about the forged steel foot pedals, which are less likely to break under rough shop use than the typical tire changer, which usually has cast steel foot pedals. We could tell you about the wide range that the machines have when it comes to rim diameter capabilities. There are so many reasons to purchase a Ranger Tire Changer now. But this post is not about those features. It’s about the powerful Jet Blast system that these tire machines have. The innovative design delivers a rapid blast of air where you need it, when you need it. You will be able to seat the bead of pretty much any wheel that fits on the tire changer. And it’s quick. Just pull the hose / nozzle assembly over to your wheel while it’s on the turntable, position the nozzle into the tire, and let the machine do the rest. It takes just seconds and gets the job done right the first time.
Check out the short video below and see just how simple it is. Then get back to us with any questions.
More good news on the auto maker front. Most major auto manufacturers came out with much improved figures for sales for the month of April. Hyundai was the big winner, with their second best month ever up over 40 percent. Honda was up over 9 % and Nissan up 12%. Most European manufacturers fared well also. VW sales were up 23 percent, while BMW was up 19%. US auto makers did well, with GM sales increasing over 26%, Ford up 16% and Chrysler up 22%. Not all manufacturers performed so well. Some barely squeaked out a gain. Mercedes was only up 2%, while Toyota was the worst performer, at just over 1%.
Part of the reason for the poor performance for Toyota was the earthquake / sunami disaster in Japan. Toyota had to cut production because of the disaster and they expect to continue to struggle for the next few months as well.
Small car sales accounted for the largest percentage increase, with an increase of over 17%. Much of that statistic can be attributed to rising fuel prices. Consumer are predictable. They will buy smaller cars as gas prices rise.
Automotive Equipment manufacturers also saw increased sales. Averaging 15% among the major manufacturers. Auto Lifts and Tire Changers were among the leaders.
Hopefully, these statistics are a sign that we can expect to see continued robust sales for the near future. The figures are so healthy now because of the significantly depressed levels they were the previous year. As time goes on, and monthly sales figures are compared to the more moderate current figures, it will be more and more difficult to show improvement.
The disaster in Japan has widespread repercussions for the citizens in that country, and our hearts go out to all affected. But the effects go far beyond the borders of Japan. This event has far reaching ramifications for the economy, including the automotive industry.
Of course you have the major car manufacturers, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan. Toyota was perhaps the hardest hit, as they have many plants in the vicinity. Many manufacturing plants cannot produce products anywhere near full capacity since there are rolling blackouts due to the nuclear power plants being off line.
Parts for other auto makers are manufactured in Japan, and supply disruptions are expected.
The port facilities that help load the ships that bring the product over to the US have diminished capacity as well. Some ports will be out of commission for months.
Tire manufacturer The Bridgestone Group has pledged 3.5 million dollars to aid in the relief efforts in Japan. Toyo Tires Group indicates that even though they have a plant right near the epicenter of the vicious quake, they sustained little damage to their facilities and can continue operations as normal once the blackouts are over. Many customers may need to wait to get tires mounted on Tire Changers if this disaster disrupts service for too long.
Stocks on Wall street in all effected industries have taken a significant hit due to this disaster, and continued uncertainty is expected.
There is speculation that this event could disrupt the auto industry greater than anything since WWII. Our prayers are with the people of Japan.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Customers who are on the market for Tire Changers, Spray Wash Cabinets, Floor Jacks and Automotive Lifts should review models on our web site before April 1st. BendPak / Ranger, one of our primary manufacturers we distribute have a price increase coming on April 1st.
Some of the most popular and best models will be going up anywhere from 3 to 5 percent. BendPak / Ranger has a wide variety of products. They are best known for their truck and car lifts from their BendPak lineup. But they are also well known for all kinds of other auto shop equipment from their Ranger line of products. They manufacture everything from brake lathes, engine hoists, bearing presses, transmission jacks, wheel balancers and much, much more.
They also manufacture the best exhaust tube benders under their BendPak label.
You’ve seen the headlines in the news. Commodity prices, such as steel, copper, and aluminum costs are rising rapidly. Freight carriers are increasing their fees due to the rising costs of fuel. So now is the time to shop for the best deals you will find for 2011. Most likely, we will never see these prices again. If you were considering a purchase for any time this year, this is the time.
Your car just broke down on the side of the road on a hot summer day. You called for a tow truck and you must decide where to have them take it. Do you have them bring it to the car dealership service center, or to a local independent repair shop?
There are strong arguments to be made in favor of both. The arguments go deeper, but the basic premise of each is –
Bring your car to the dealer. They know the car better than anyone, plus they have the best trained technicians and the best possible tools and equipment. They have the best Automotive Lifts, Tire changers and alignment machine. Further arguments in dealer’s favor would be that they get the latest updates from the manufacturer, are privy to information that the independent guys wish they could get, and you are less likely to get the 3rd degree when you need to bring it in for warranty coverage service if you’ve been getting your car serviced there all along.
The argument for the independent auto shop is simple. They are more affordable. They typically cost 20 to 40 percent less for the same repairs. Along with the cheaper labor costs, you may also enjoy better customer service from your local shop, as they typically are known to pay more attention to the needs and details of their local neighborhood loyal customer. Independent shop owners will tell you that as long as the shop has been certified through the Automotive Service Excellence program (www.ase.com) then you have assurance that the shop has met very strict standards and has the training and knowledge to get the job done.
So what about you? Do you bring your car to the dealer, or an independent garage?
Are you always looking for the latest technology? Do you need the latest an greatest features for your auto shop? Are your Tire Changers wheel balancer or battery charger the most current models with all the bells and whistles? If so, this story might interest you. Technicians have a handy new app for their iPhone or iPad touch mobile devices to turn to from Bosch. Bosch calls it their Light ‘Em Up Dyno app. It allows the technician to use these devices as a portable dynamometer. It can measure acceleration, horsepower and G Force. Once it is downloaded and installed , you can quickly set it up for use. You don’t need to be connected to the Internet to use it either. So it is capable of working anywhere, anytime. Then just enter some basic vehicle information, and you’re ready for use. There are two packages available – The basic app is available at no charge. Then there’s an upgraded version available for a fee of $4.99. These fee can be avoided by getting a rebate after purchasing a set of Bosch spark plugs. visit www.lightemup.com for a link to the very handy app.