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Answering the Angry Customer

We need to be prepared for the situations we deal with each day in the shop, writes Aaron Stokes. We need to understand what we will face and what our staff will face, and have specific strategies to deal with those scenarios, instead of letting those situations drain morale.
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Lead: Find the Perfect Manager for Your Shop

For Aaron Stokes' monthly contribution to Ratchet+Wrench Radio, he discusses everything to consider when selecting your right-hand man, whether that be promoting someone within the company or hiring from the outside. By following his steps, you can find the perfect manager that will facilitate your vision as leader of the shop.
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How I Did It: Judi Haglin

Implementation, and simply getting things done, has been the theme of Judi Haglin's success as an owner, consultant and ambassador for the industry. Here's how Haglin, the 2018 Ratchet+Wrench All-Star Award winner in the Executive category, built her operation alongside her husband, Dana.
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The 2018 Ratchet+Wrench All-Star Awards

Talent. Determination. Goodwill. Passion. These are the attributes that define the industry’s finest—and they’re what we look to honor each year with our annual Ratchet+Wrench All-Star Awards. Here are five unique, innovative professionals pushing the automotive repair industry forward.
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Innovate: Making the Most of Digital Inspections

Digital inspections can streamline the courtesy inspection process and lead to improved efficiency and ARO—but how do you make a seamless transition into using the software? Dan Garlock, owner of Silver Lake Auto and Tire, is here to lay out everything you need to consider, from choosing the right software to making it part of the repair process to achieving a return on investment.
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How I Did It: Frank Leutz

Beyond building a $1.6 million operation, Frank is the host of Wrench Nation, is an industry consultant and coach, and runs a successful YouTube channel. Leutz details his career journey, how he grew Desert Car Care Chandler and how other shop owners can implement creative marketing tactics to improve their own operations.
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6 Tips for Catering to Customers

From handling unruly customers to responding to negative reviews, there are plenty of tips shop owners can take from restaurants when it comes to quality customer service. Here are six tips the two customer service experts offer for servicing a customer base.
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