I have been a technician most of my adult life. I worked in the semi-conductor industry, plastics industry, other manufacturing industries as an engineering technician. Which is to say electro-mechanical technician. I have an interest in vehicle repair an performance upgrades. I started a mobile oil change business after college. I hope to expand to a fleet of 3 or 4 service vans and then open a full service shop with the mobile vans attached.
I recently started a mobile oil change business. I offer oil changes, topping off all under-hood fluids, tire rotations, even AC recharge. Here in Colorado, it can get very windy. Sustained winds at 35-45 mph, and gusts as high as 60 are not uncommon. Right now I use a large rubber mat under the vehicle to prevent any fluid spills. When it is windy, it takes 3 times as long to perform an oil change. The when the oil is draining, at first the stream goes right into the pan, however when the oil stream slows and gets smaller, the wind can blow it all over the place. Does anyone have suggestions on how to alleviate this problem. 60 minute oil changes are eating my profits.
Thanks for the info. I recently started my mobile oil change business in April. Gaining momentum albeit slowly. I started off with a trailer too cause it was cheaper and I already had a truck. I am longing for the van. I agree with the ease of parking and getting into areas. Regarding new business, my question is how do you get past the gate keepers? Getting to HR poses a problem cause of the gate keepers. Additionally, in my area fleet vehicles are driven home by the employees so I often get a response of, "the vans are seldom here" (at the shop) to perform service on. I would be willing to arrive very early to service them. I have found that small fleets, 7 or less vehicles are easier to get in with. Large companies seem to have used their size to negotiate prices and are in a contract with a shop and would like to stay with them. So I continue to network, and pass out lots of flyers, and seek advice from startupnation.com