How to Start a Wheel Alignment Business
Wheel alignment becomes necessary at some time, especially when vehicle owners realize that they are unable to steer in the straight direction during driving. Every vehicle comes with a precise wheel alignment. However, it is only later on that the wheel goes out of alignment.
A wheel alignment business is a highly profitable business venture in the automotive industry since startup investment is low, and costs that are to be allocated during the wheel alignment & balancing processes are almost negligible.
Wheel alignment types
Depending on your comfortability with the equipment, you may deliver a mechical or computerised wheel alignment services to your customers. Decide whether you will go with the mechanical ( using hand tools ) option or computerised option. Both options have advanatges and disadvanatges.
A mechanical wheel alignment type demands low startup costs, however, you will need to get well trained, and also the speed of delivering service is very low.
A computerised wheel alignment involves using computer operated machines. While startup costs are more, your productivity will be speedy, as well as high.
I would recommend going for the second choice because most drivers nowadays give utmost preference to the computerized based service as it takes hardly takes between 5-30 minutes of time.
Making a business plan is good but not necessary because there are not many complex problems involved.
Adhere to the local jurisdiction regulations by checking and obtaining permits ( if needed ) and a business license from the authorized department in your city.
Choose a rental shop in a preferred location. It is no so hard to think that a preferred location for a wheel alignment business is a place on a roadside but with sufficient parking space.
If you want to launch a computerized wheel alignment business, draw a floor diagram so that installers properly install both wheel alignment as well as balancing machines and then build a shed. Drivers should not face any difficulty while entering and leaving your garage.
To deliver mechanical based wheel alignment service, you will need to buy right set of tools including a camber gauge, adjustable wrench, four jack stands, string spool, tape measure, control arms shims, etc
The average price for a computerized wheel alignment machine sums around $ 6000 while as a wheel balancer machine costs $1500, hence, a total of $7500 will exclusively go for both machines.
It is needless to spend money on a newspaper, cable channel, flyers, etc like advertising. However, you should make and display an attractive tin board right on the front of your shop so that your business doesn’t go unnoticed by the passing by drivers.