So, you are thinking of becoming a mobile mechanic? You know there is a lot of things to take into consideration before becoming mobile.
We’re here to help you through your decision and point you in the right direction.
There are more pros than cons of becoming a mobile Mechanic. The first that comes to mind for me would be your client base could potentially double, if not triple, in size. Due to you having a bigger radius are that you can cover and of course, it is convenient for more people. Most people will use a mechanic that is relatively local to them simply because it is easier for the drop-off and pick up. But being mobile, you will be the one traveling. So depending on your radius, Your client base could become pretty large! Think of those who’ve broken down and have either got to dip into their pockets for recovery prices, wait hours for their insurance to send someone out, or find someone who can take their car to their local mechanic.
Firstly, your equipment. If you are already a Mechanic but thinking of going mobile, then this will be pretty easy for you. But for those who are starting from scratch, you need to think of everything – from what tools you need to your transport, and you will have to require a van if you don’t already have one.
Your transport is really important. It is the face of your company. It is what people see first before they see you. You couldn’t be a good mobile mechanic if you are traveling around in an unreliable vehicle. Cars are not suitable for this job as you’ll need plenty of space in the back for your tools and necessary equipment. A van is definitely top of the list for a mechanic.
Now you would instantly see dollar signs when thinking about buying any new vehicle. But requiring a new van doesn’t have to cost you the earth!
Why not hire a van instead? This way it saves you the hassle on buying and sourcing the lump sum for you to buy a van.
Once you require a van to suit your needs next, you will need to look at your insurance as a mobile mechanic. This is a very important part! You need to be covered for your own peace of mind and the safety of your new business. You never know what could happen. There are plenty of insurers who don’t cost an arm. Just take a look on the internet.
They have everything you can think of from a small van to a large van to a tipper. Their website is very user-friendly, and stress-free hire means you can be up and running in no time at all! Not only is their website of a high standard. They offer FREE delivery of their vehicles anywhere in the UK and FREE collection services. Their vehicles are of a very high standard and therefore, usually are always new and reliable, which offers you peace of mind for your business.
Onto your tools. Now I’m sure if you are thinking of becoming a mobile mechanic, you will already know your way around a vehicle and what’s needed to repair them. Make sure your tools are of top quality. You would not want anything to break on you partway through a job. You need your tools to be reliable and safe for multi-uses.
Set your prices. Now, this is where it could become tricky. Being a mobile mechanic would mean your prices would possibly need to be set higher than a non-mobile mechanic. Simply because you need to take your travel and time spent there into consideration, add on a little extra for your fuel prices. You then need to think about how long it’ll take you to get to and from said client. This will interfere with how many clients you can have per day because you travel in between. Set yourself a radius of so many miles from your base. An area you are happy to travel to.
I personally think a mobile mechanic is more ‘sought after’ – If something goes wrong on your vehicle that stops you from being able to use it. How are you going to get it repaired? This is where things can become quite pricey if you don’t know the right people. You’d have to find someone to come and fetch your car and take it to the garage to be repaired. If the garage you are using has their own recovery, you will still be charged on top of the repair for the recovery service. Then once you finally get your car to the garage for a repair, You have then got to figure out how you are going to get it back.
Not only that but some people genuinely don’t have the time to get their car to a garage. If they work full time, finding a time to get out, the garage can be tricky. With mobile repairs, all they need to do is call in the repair!
Now, one of the best ways for you to start up your business is by taking it to social media platforms. Although not everyone uses social media, it is a fantastic way to get the word out and get it heard quickly. You could set up a business page or just post on to your own page. Just letting all family and friends know of your new business venture and you would really appreciate their support throughout.
Once you’ve got a few clients under your belt, the best thing is recommendations. Once your original clients recommend you, that is when your new clients will start to flood in. I don’t know about you, but I am always inclined to use a certain business if I know others who have used them before and if they only talk good of them. It really gives you the confidence you need to use their services.