Originally Posted by sandrock
There is inherit trouble in this plan.
There are not that many shops that I know of that are a "we do it all" setup. Most shops specialize in several areas (like a shop doing brakes, wheels, alignments, while another shop does tint, detailing, audio). So instead of taking clientel away from a few businesses, you will be taking away clientel from ALL businesses in the area. And that is not the way to make friends in the business.
Before doing this union, I suggest looking at the local competition. Are there alot of mechanical repair shops in the area? If so, the detailing business would be the way to go, as you would be filling in a niche, and vice-versa. Also shop around and see what the local businesses charge. Then do a cost analysis to see how much lower you can go on your prices and still be able to turn a profit.
There is no way two guys can handle a business like this by themselves. You WILL have to hire help, which now puts you into another realm of owning your own business - compensation. You will also need to hire a cute secretary that doubles as your commercial spokeswoman. That is a MUST.
in my area there are a handfull of mechanics and all the rest are firestone, aamco, midas.... also there are only ( 6 ) detail shops in a 20 mile range of where i want to open.. and there are about 5 -8 audio video and tint shops within that same 20 nmile range..
also in allentown pa there is no public transportation really so when someone'* car breaks down its a must they have it fixed or they cant go to work and they get fired..
but honestly i have a gut feeling that this will work but i also have alot of fear as this is something ive always wanted to do but never done......