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The jokes about people deciding on which car to purchase based on how many cup holders it has aren’t that far off after all.
According to a recent study, these accessories factor in to the consumer’s decision making process more than you would realize. Recent research from Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) shows that options offered account for increasing sales at auto dealerships.
Some of the more popular accessories that are influencing consumers were sunroofs, high end sound systems (Now you know why the guy in front of you can’t hear you when you’re honking your horn) and Navigation systems (we need to know where we’re going). Probably the most popular is specialty tires and wheels. The craze is sweeping the nation. You’ve seen them out there. They seem to be everywhere. The huge, aggressive flashy rims with the skinny low profile tires are most popular in many urban areas. In many cases, the rims and tires you see on the streets are more expensive than the car itself! It’s all about making a statement we guess.
These accessories can help the auto shop owner increase his profits. All these specialty tires require a new fancy high performance Tire Changer and wheel balancer.
These trends are custom made for shop owners to raise revenues in an increasingly difficult business atmosphere. Garage owners who don’t take advantage of these situations when they arise are destined to fall behind the competition.
This post continues the theme of auto shop essentials. Part 1 went over the many different types of car lifts available on the market today. Here are some more pieces of garage equipment that are vital to any auto shop –
Tire Changers and Wheel Balancers –
If you want to be able to change tires, you’re going to need these pieces. There’s lots of money to be made in changing tires. Especially with the growing popularity of the low profile and high performance tires. Many auto shops don’t have the capability of handling these kinds of wheels, and that means more profits for those shops that do. And these are customers who are willing to spend their money. The main concern with a tire changer is you want to get a machine that will not damage the expensive alloy wheels. If you want to handle expensive low profile wheels and high performance tires, you need a mounting helper arm, or you’ll end up spending that extra money on replacing your customers rims that you damaged.
Get a good reliable Tire Changer with a mounting helper arm for low profile tires and pair it up with an accurate dependable wheel balancer. Accuracy is paramount when it comes to a wheel balancer. You don’t have to get one with all the bells and whistles, but make sure to get one that is accurate and reliable.
Floor Jacks –
Every shop needs a Floor Jack. There are going to be times when your lift is being utilized for another job, and you need to raise a vehicle to service it. Or you have a disabled vehicle out in the lot and you can’t bring it in to your lift. Or maybe your car lift is being serviced or is down. Tips on obtaining the proper jack would include making sure the jack has sufficient capacity to fit a wide variety of automobiles. A 3 ton capacity jack is usually adequate for most vehicles. If you need to lift a full size pick up, you don’t want a light duty jack made for sports cars. By the same token, if you are servicing sports cars exclusively, you better have a low profile floor jack. One that can reach under a low profile sports car. Make sure your jack is able to raise the vehicle high enough as well. Some customers get a jack that only raises 19 inches and are disappointed to find out that a truck they need to lift must be raised 21 inches in order to get high enough to get the wheels off the ground. Also, make sure it is a commercial quality jack that is rebuild-able. If you can’t get new seals for a leaky hydraulic cylinder, it’s just a throw – away. Unfortunately, more and more jacks these days are throw-aways.
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.
It is vitally important that your customers wheels are balanced properly. Improperly balanced wheels can lead to a rough ride, especially at higher speeds, which will cause all kinds of headaches for you and your customer. Fortunately, modern wheel balancing technology has come a long way since the bubble balancers of old, and then the static wheel balancers after that. The modern Wheel Balancer offers precision and accuracy that it’s predecessors never could. They offer such capabilities as dynamic balancing, which measures balance based on more than one plane, and even “road force” balancing that can simulate the forces as if the wheel were actually riding on the road.
As with any piece of auto shop equipment, the more features and capabilities you get, the more the machine costs. So a shop owner must weigh the benefits vs. the cost. For a high volume tire shop, the extra features could be worth it. Time is money. If your technician is spending time chasing weights or diagnosing a vibration issue, you could wish you had sprung for the more expensive machine. Nobody likes comebacks. As they say, “time is money”. Premium features include automatic calibration, hidden spoke mode and automatic parameter entry, where the user doesn’t have to manually enter the parameters. Some models have printers so that you can point out to them the diagnosis of the machine so they can see it for themselves. Some machines even have a wheel lift, so that your technicians can save their backs.
To increase accuracy on high end vehicles, some folks get a mounting flange kit. This allows you to mount the wheel to the machine utilizing the lug holes, instead of using a centering cone. This offers precision that is unparalleled.
A strong majority of auto shops don’t need all those bells and whistles. Many shops just cannot justify the expense. It would take a lot of balanced wheels to pay for an expensive machine.For them, A good, basic, dynamic wheel balancer is all they need.
We recommend a machine like our DST2420 Ranger Wheel Balancer. It is a reliable, accurate machine that can offer years of great service.
We notified you in previous posts that the new Columbia / Sony Pictures motion picture, The Green Hornet is set for release today. It stars Seth Rogan and Cameron Diaz, and based on it’s trailer, (See Below for trailer) It looks like it’s going to be pretty funny. It’s and action / comedy and it’s in 3D.
We made a small contribution to this flick by providing a Ranger Tire Changer and Wheel Balancer for their set so they could service the film’s many vehicles, including the very cool car of the Green Hornet – The Black Beauty. You really need to check out the car.
You may not be aware that we have provided auto shop equipment to many other Hollywood productions, including, The Other Guys, The Sorceror’s Apprentice, The Taking Of Pelham 123, along with the soon to be released Men In Black 3.
Be sure to check it out and let us know how you liked the film.
We notified you in a previous post that we had supplied some automotive equipment to the new Columbia /Sony Pictures production, The Green Hornet. They needed a Tire Changer and Wheel Balancer, and we supplied them with a Ranger RX950 tire changer, along with the popular DST1200 Wheel Balancer. They needed this equipment to work on the set vehicles, including the awesome car of the Green Hornet – The Black Beauty. You really need to check out this car!
We showed you the trailer in the previous post. This post is just to update you on news of the scheduled release date. It is scheduled to premier on January 14, 2011. It will be available for viewing in IMAX 3D, so it should be pretty cool. Be sure to check it out as soon as it comes out.
Ranger Products, a division of BendPak inc. recently came out with their new, next generation of tire changers. They have always been known for building solid, durable and long lasting tire machines. But they never were a company that rests on their laurels.
A few months back, they introduced their new, next generation of Tire Changers and wheel balancer. Now they didn’t go out and re-invent the wheel. There was no need to. There was nothing wrong with their last generation of tire changers. They just wanted to improve them.
So they took the same chassis and just added some new features and quality. This was a wish list of improvements that they had wanted to do for several years.
Some of those improvements include –
A more powerful 2 hp motor. This is more powerful than many of those over-priced, so called “premium” tire changers out there. Most machines out there have a 1 hp to 1.5 hp motor. You will definitely notice a difference in power.
A sturdier, beefier cabinet. One thing you’ll notice is less flex. It is just more stout and won’t slide around the floor on you either.
Improved jet blast feature. Now you’ll be able to seat the bead of virtually any tire that the machine can handle.
Better quality components. For instance, all the foot pedals are now forged steel instead of cast steel. So go ahead. Pound away at them. Don’t worry about breaking them. Even your toughest, most aggressive employees won’t break them
Improved air lines, valves and hoses. All those air line connections underneath that typically leak with those “economy” brands are more reliable and less likely to cause problems. No shortcuts here.
Better warranty. Typical warranty for those economy brands is one year, parts only. With Ranger, you get one year, parts and labor. So if you do have a warranty issue, Ranger will back it up with on-site service if necessary.
All these things and many more combine to give the best value in the tire machine industry.
The Green Hornet is latest Columbia Pictures film that ASEdeals.com has played a very small part in. This is a new Seth Rogan comedy scheduled for release in early 2011. This classic television retro super hero flick is being brought out for a big screen debut in January. They purchased a Ranger RX950 Tire Changer along with a Ranger DST1200 Wheel Balancer for servicing their exotic and extensive fleet of vehicles that are featured in the movie. Said Bill Maxwell from Columbia Pictures, “We needed a quality tire changer and wheel balancer to service our fleet, including the impressive car of the Green Hornet – The Black Beauty. These Ranger machines get the job done at a very reasonable price.” This comes after a long list of feature films that ASEDeals has supplied auto shop equipment to, including, The Other Guys, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and more. We’ll keep you posted on future posts for updates.
Ranger Products, a division of BendPak Inc. has a great Wheel Balancer that you may want to check out if you are in the market for one. The Ranger DST-1200 Wheel Balancer. It has all the features of a top-of-the-line, premium wheel balancer, but it has the price comparable to an economy wheel balancer. It has all kinds of state of the art features, like a highly accurate sensor system that has unprecedented accuracy and speed. Accurate to within hundredths of an ounce that assures you that you are vibration free, which means no come-backs. It has an LCD that takes the guesswork out of where to place the weights. It marks the exact location for weight placement in just six seconds, even when you’re trying to hide them behind spokes. It uses the latest 16 digit digital processor technology, and is as reliable as they come. It has dynamic, static, alloy and motorcycle ATV settings. It has a multi-user save function that holds your presets to increase productivity. It has a split weight capability, to hide weights. Wheel parameter settings are not required for self calibration which saves time. For ATV and motorcycle wheels, it even has automatic conversion of wheel parameters, so you don’t have to manually enter them. Once again, time is money, and this machine is all about saving you time.