Jul 16 2015

How to learn auto repair

learning mechanic

If you have an interest in cars, you might want to pursue a career in auto repair. Here are some tips on how to learn auto repair.

Get the qualifications

You will need to obtain the necessary qualifications before you can work in auto repair. There are a wide range of college and university courses that specialise in this field, and they will provide you with a basic foundation in mechanics. Some car manufacturers offer training courses, which might be something you want to look into. A mechanic will need to possess a wide range of skills and knowledge, such as repairing, testing, and maintaining vehicles of all types. If you are working with the public, you will also need to have good communication skills, and be willing to work under pressure and within a team. Do your research and find the best courses that will provide you with a solid understanding of mechanics. Having the right qualifications will improve your chances of finding a well-paid job in this industry.

Get on-the-job training

Undertaking an internship or work experience can look great on your CV, and will prove to future employers that you have the skills necessary for a particular role. Contact car dealerships, garages, or car manufacturers in your local area and find out if they have internship schemes in place. This work might be unpaid, but it will provide you with valuable experience that you can use in your future career. If you are already undertaking a course in a mechanics-related subject, you might want to ask a course leader or careers advisor about work experience opportunities in your area.

Getting a foot in the door

Once you have completed your course, you might be ready to start your career in auto mechanics. If there is a particular company that you want to work for, look out for entry-level positions that are relevant to your level of skills and training. You will also want to keep up-to-date with the latest news and developments in the industry. Learning more about auto mechanic technology can improve your chances of finding work, and build your credibility when approaching a company.


Jun 16 2015

Car repairs you can do at home

change tyre

If, like may of us, you are keen to save money by avoiding expensive garage bills, there are many repairs that you can do yourself.

1. Changing tyres

To replace worn-out or flat tyres, you will need a jack and a wrench to remove the hub-cap and wheel nuts. There are detailed instructions on wiki how. Having the knowledge to change a tyre yourself is a great way to boost your confidence; especially if you are worried about finding yourself with a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere.

2. Replacing Air Filters

Fresh air is essential to ensure the efficacy of your car’s ventilation system. Air filters generally need to be replaced every 15,000 miles or so. You can check whether they need replacing by lifting up the bonnet and locating the filter; the manual that comes with your car should inform you exactly where. If the filter is black and grimy, remove it and take it with you to a parts store, when buying a new one. Much cheaper than booking a mechanic to do it.

3. Changing Wiper Blades

This is incredibly easy as the packet of blades come with detailed instructions on how to clip them together and slot them in. Simply make sure you buy the right blades for your model of car and follow the – often pictorial – instructions.

4. Replacing Headlight Bulbs

Changing headlight bulbs is as easy as changing indoor light bulbs. Make sure that the car isn’t fitted with sealed-beam headlights as they can problematic to change, and that you replace the bulb with the correct variety for your make and model of vehicle.

Carrying out basic car repairs is undeniably empowering and rewarding, but if you feel that you are heading out of your comfort-zone, do not hesitate to take your car into a reputable garage.


May 16 2015

How to Start Your Own Auto Repair Shop

mechanic at autoshop

Starting your personal auto repair shop or automotive workshop is the dream of any good mechanics everywhere. If you are versatile and highly skilled mechanic, you might find it very restrictive to work for someone else, especially when you are able to run your own business and make good gains for yourself. Here are a few tips on how to start your own auto repair shop.

Formulate a Business Plan

Every business needs a plan. Your automotive shop plan is more than just we will rent a shop and fox cars for money, no. You need to set a goal on where your business is headed. The plan should include things like advertising methods, particulars start-up costs, expenses and the number of employees. Make sure you map out your business to see future plans become a reality.

Register For a Business License

The best place to start is to call your local SBA. They can give you more information about free publication, loans and other related issues. Register with the business with the local authority. Make sure you have any required licenses and permits needed to operate your auto repair shop by contacting local court.

Get Insurance

Get garage insurance. If you will have employees in your garage, you must have workers’ compensation insurance in case an accident happens. You need to check other liabilities that need to be covered in the preferred area of business like fire, natural disaster and other incidents.

Pick a Location

The most important thing in an auto repair shop is the location. You should make sure to find a shop in a busy highway or right by the interstate. Remember, location plays a large role in whether your business fails or succeeds. When picking a location, make sure you account for the monthly cost of the lease.

Decide On the Services

When you want to start an auto repair shop, you need to decide the types of services you offer. Your business can specialise in certain areas, including air conditioning systems, heating and brakes among others. However, specialising would significantly limit the revenue that your auto repair shop could make. Having a general shop is a good idea, but most customers love niche business, and if you specialise in two or more auto repairs, you can quickly establish credibility.

Get the right tools

When owning and working at an auto shop you will need tools you probably never thought about before when you simply were an “enthusiast”. One thing you’ll soon encounter is that a car mover is very helpful. Being able to move the cars you are working with without having to start them up is a huge time saver.

Advertise

It is important you look into advertising when starting an auto repair shop. Most people would check online or newspapers when they need repair and they don’t know anyone to fix the problem. Make sure your business gets listed in all local online directories, yellow pages, Google places and consumer review sites. If possible, you can also look into television and radio advertising.


May 8 2015

Making car repairs on the road

broken down car

If you are knowledgeable about cars, you will most likely have the confidence to attack any problems that you may have with yours. This removes the need to use the local garage, saving you money. There are a few points to consider with regards to safety and whether it is legal or not.

In the eyes of the law you are more than welcome to fix your own car, you are also more than welcome to do so on the road, as long as the following points do not apply;

  1. You are making money from the repairs
  2. You are running a business in car repairs
  3. You are upsetting the neighbours with excessive noise or mess

As long as you keep these in mind, you will be well within the law to carry out general maintenance and repairs at the side of the road or outside your home.

Safety At All Times

Safety is paramount, so ensuring that you have the correct Personal Protection Equipment will not only make your job easier, but could also save you having an accident.

Make sure that the load weight capability of your jack is suitable for your vehicle and always position the axel stands under the vehicle; Never work on a car that is balanced on a jack, always ensure that you place the axel stands safely to minimalise the risk of injury. A high visibility jacket, gloves and eye protection is also a great way to prevent injuries and make sure that you can be seen while carrying out the work.

Stay safe, and stay within the law; This way, you can save yourself a lot of money in garage labour.