Four Ways to Maximize Your Shop’s Data

Leverage your repair shop's data to enhance efficiency, improve customer engagement, identify growth opportunities, and drive profitability.

Four Ways to Maximize Your Shop’s Data
Chief Technology Officer
Originally published on:
May 17, 2024

One of the most important parts of building a thriving auto repair shop in today’s industry is knowing how to interpret your shop’s data well – and often. Understanding how to leverage and report on your data can help you transform your business overnight through informed decision-making, financial health monitoring and strategic planning. Large corporations invest in tools to provide them with business intelligence to grow their bottom line and it should be no different when it comes to running your auto repair shop.

Through data analytics and predictive reporting, organizations can gain a deeper understanding of market trends, customer behavior and emerging opportunities. Integrating these capabilities into running your business can be quite intimidating. Fortunately, Tekmetric’s shop management system provides the tools you need to run reports, monitor your shop’s performance, and make strategic decisions that promote increased efficiency and profitability. Read on to discover how you can leverage data to enhance efficiency, improve customer engagement, identify growth opportunities, and drive profitability in your shop.

1. Identify Business Objectives

Identifying a clear target of what you’re looking to achieve in your business is the most important starting point when it comes to measuring performance and success. To effectively leverage data for your business, start by clearly defining your goals. Identify what you aim to achieve, whether it's improving customer satisfaction, increasing sales or optimizing operations to save you time or even looking to expand your auto repair shop to a new location. 

Once your goals are set, establish specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure your progress. This step is crucial to ensuring you are able to evaluate progress clearly and objectively. Once you’re able to track your performance accurately and measure success, you can now move onto formulating a data-driven strategy to reach your business objectives.

2. Analyze Data & Establish Baselines

For an auto repair shop, analyzing data begins with collecting detailed information about various aspects of the business, such as customer demographics, parts usage, Digital Vehicle Inspection (DVI) metrics, technician efficiency, as well as sales trends. This analysis helps in understanding the current performance levels, pinpointing areas for improvement, and optimizing resource allocation. For example, with Tekmetric’s real-time insights you can quickly identify repair orders by status and identify bottlenecks before they occur in your shop.

Establishing baselines involves setting standard performance metrics against which future performance can be measured. By using historical data, the shop can determine average repair order (ARO), parts margins by vendor and employee efficiency. These baselines serve as benchmarks for evaluating progress and identifying deviations that require attention.

3. Make Data-Driven Decisions

An auto repair shop can make data-driven decisions by leveraging data insights to inform its business strategies and decisions. Tekmetric built its reporting suite with a focus on helping shops identify key areas for growth and opportunities for innovation. For example, thorough and efficient digital vehicle inspections can strongly enhance your customer experience by building trust and transparency.

At Tekmetric, we've discovered that shops sending eight to twelve photos to customers on over 50% of their repair orders achieve a higher average repair order (ARO) compared to those that don't. By measuring DVI quality through metrics like photo quantity, you can increase your ARO while building trust and transparency with vehicle owners. Leveraging Tekmetric's reporting tools, you can identify your own trends and implement a growth strategy driven by data-backed decision making.

4. Monitor and Review Progress Regularly

To ensure ongoing success, an auto repair shop should prioritize monitoring and regular review of its operations. This entails creating regular reports to track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and measure the impact of data-driven decisions. By consistently monitoring performance metrics, the shop can stay proactive in addressing challenges and capitalizing on opportunities.

It's crucial for auto repair shops to remain agile in their approach. Tekmetric’s reporting enables its users to be prepared to pivot and make quick decisions based on real-time data and insights. As the automotive industry evolves and customer needs change, shops must adapt their strategies accordingly. By staying agile, the shop can swiftly respond to market shifts, customer preferences, and emerging trends, ensuring its continued relevance and competitiveness in the industry.

See how Tekmetric's reports can help you make data-driven decisions for your business.
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