Anyone who already loves cars will probably be familiar with the following vehicle-based business ideas. Still, they are all worth perusing if you have the skills and inclination, because not everyone has the time, energy or interest in taking care of their vehicles like they should.
Although the ideas here may not be as easy to set up as some of the other business ideas listed in this series (as training and equipment are keys to success in all vehicle maintenance businesses) they are all viable business ideas IF you take the time to research and plan well before taking the plunge into entrepreneurship.
Business Idea: Used Car Inspection
Word of mouth is what will make or break this kind of business idea. Well, that and your knowledge and skill at determining whether or not a car is a lemon. Some tools and diagnostic devices would suffice as long as you are either a mechanic or more than a casual car lover, since there are yet to be any regulatory bodies that cover this type of service. You may not want to market your services at the car dealerships, but most newspapers and community gathering places would be happy to take your advertising and let their constituents know there’s someone in town that can be trusted.
Business Idea: Windshield Repairs
A basic windshield repair kit can now be found at most hardware stores in large metropolitan areas. Finding clients is even easier: just take a look at the parking lot of your favorite company to see who is in need of your services, and leave a flier on their windshield with a list of price options, contact information and location of service. If you are willing and able to provide this service at their place of business or home, even better – and make the client aware of this extra benefit in all of your marketing materials.
Business Idea: Mobile Mechanic
Any mechanic willing to go to a car to see what the trouble is, instead of making someone tow it into the shop or take time off work to bring it in will be in huge demand. Plus, a mobile mechanic business will save you the time and energy of having to set up shop somewhere – all you’ll need is a van with your tools neatly tucked inside, ready to go on a moment’s notice. Sure, there may be some instances where you’ll need a shop to do a bit of dirty work, but that’s when you can inform the client what’s needed, and then they can decide what’s best for their situation. Either way, you’ll be paid well for your skills, service and availability.