Latest News

Four Ways to Increase Your Repair Shop’s Website Search Performance

August 30, 2017

When marketing agencies explain how likely your website is to show up on Google’s search results, it sounds very complicated.  “Search Engine Optimization,” they’ll say, “is based on an algorithm with over 200 factors, and they’re constantly changing.”  None of this is incorrect, but it’s also not helpful.  It’s not that difficult to figure out how to search well – but it can be very difficult to do it.

Google makes its billions of dollars by selling ad space to companies.  In order to sell those ads, they have to have billions of people using their search engine.  The way Google gets billions of people to use its search engine is to provide answers to the questions those people have – quickly.  All of the complex technology Google uses to rank websites is simply there to help answer Google users’ questions quickly.

Google has a standard to determine how likely a website or web page is to answer people’s questions quickly – relevant, informative, up-to-date information from a source that can be trusted.  If Google thinks that your website fits the bill, you’re going to search well.  Here are four ways to provide exactly this type of information, and show Google that you deserve a great search ranking.

Provide relevant content by making sure that all of the search terms you care about – whether that’s brakes, transmissions, oil changes, or just car repair – are addressed on your site.

This is the most basic requirement in order for your site to search well – called “keyword placement” – and it’s been important for longer than any other factor. Twenty years ago, there were so few websites that most relevant sites automatically searched well. Today, there are thousands of relevant sites for nearly any search term, so you need to do far more than just mention a few keywords to search well. You also want to be sure you are not just stuffing keywords into your copy. Google will penalize you for doing that and you will not search well.

Provide informative content by answering the questions customers ask Google.

For instance, “why is my car pulling to one side?” should be answered on your website’s alignment page.  “Why is my car squealing?” should be answered on the brakes page.  When you address these issues, you should do it with as much depth as you can. Google gives you extra points for page length and quality content. In the case of Google, their machine learning algorithm determines quality.

It’s also important to make sure that your shop name, address, and phone number are easily visible on your shop’s front page – if people are asking “where is a repair shop near me?”, you definitely want to show up!

Provide up-to-date content by updating your page frequently.

This can be accomplished by adding new pictures or mentioning a new team member.  Google doesn’t trust pages that aren’t updated on a regular basis. It’s a fact of life that information gets less reliable as it gets older.  If Google sees changes to your page, it assumes that the information on that page is being kept up-to-date.

Provide trusted content by linking your page to other trusted companies in the industry.

If you’re affiliated with a professional service center program, make sure that they are linking to your shop somewhere on their site.  If your shop performs any community service or sponsors community events, try to get those sites to link to your site as well.  Your site will also become more trusted as it is kept up-to-date over time – Google rewards dedication to providing information, just like customers may trust shops that have been in business longer.

Want to learn more about how we can help your shop search well?  Call us at 866.665.1605 or email us at

How to Manage the High Cost of New Auto Repair Equipment

August 24, 2017

According to a recent study by IMR Automotive Research, the high cost of tools required to service newer vehicles is the most significant threat to all but the largest independent shops.  Unfortunately, there’s not much shops can do to magically make these products cheaper, aside from purchasing well-maintained used equipment.  There are several things that shops can do to ensure that these parts are getting a solid return.

Build a Plan of Return

Before you buy a piece of equipment that will allow your shop to perform a new service, put together a plan of how many times you expect for that service to show up on an invoice, how much you’re going to charge, and how you’re going to get that business.  If any of your equipment falls well short of expectations, sell it to help finance equipment that will provide better returns.

Focus on High-Margin Customers

High-end equipment is hard to afford if you’re providing low-margin service.  If your customers trust your shop and care about their vehicles, high-end equipment is much easier to justify.  Take a look at our infographic on how to retain your shop’s high-profit customers to learn more about how to keep the customers that will agree to these new services.

Keep Your Customers Longer

In many cases, customers will visit a shop several times with smaller jobs such as oil changes, brake replacements and new tires before they invest in a major job or a maintenance plan.  Because of this, building a long-term customer base is important to increase the use of your higher-end equipment.  Our infographic on turning price shoppers into repeat business will help you convert these first-time oil change customers into lifetime customers!

To learn more about how Repair Shop Websites can help you increase your shop’s car count, call us at 866.665.1605 or email us at

more news >

Featured Shops

Ohio Valley Transmission Service LLC, Excellent Service with No Over Selling!

October 10, 2017

Our experts at Ohio Valley Transmission Service LLC have the knowledge to service and repair even the most challenging auto problems on all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles. We use the latest technology to assess the situation and offer you alternatives. We guarantee all of our work and know you’ll be happy with the outcome, our services include: Oil Changes, Factory Recommended Maintenance, Engine Repairs and Maintenance, Transmission Repairs, Automotive Heating Services, Brakes, Undercarriage Repairs, and Electronic Services. Stop by the shop at 1802 E 18th Street Ownesboro, KY 42303, or give …

Barnes Automotive has the best and friendliest mechanics in Louisville, KY!

October 10, 2017

Barnes Auto Service is a family owned repair shop located at 3730 Bishop Lane Louisville, KY 40218. Since 1982 they have provided the Louisville area with reliable, affordable automotive maintenance and repair services including Factory Recommended Maintenance, Oil Changes, Brakes, Undercarriage Services, Engine Maintenance and Repairs, Transmission Repair and Maintenance, 4×4 Services, Automotive A/C and Heating Services, and Electronic Services. Give them a call today at 502-966-8644 to schedule your vehicle’s next maintenance!…

Automotive Action II Introduces Brownsburg Muffler & Service and Westfield Tire & Muffler in the Indianapolis Area!

October 4, 2017

Shouldn’t we trust that people who are true professionals and know their business are just going to be honest with their customers? If you bring your vehicle to Brownsburg Muffler & Service or Westfield Tire & Muffler you will always be in good hands! With a sold customer base for over 20 years, they have been found to be the most honest and professional repair shops around. For quality workmanship and great customer service, visit or call one of Automotive Action II‘s convenient locations today:

Brownsburg Muffler & Service: 660 Main St., Brownsburg, IN …

Serving the Seattle Area Since 1946

October 4, 2017

Acme Auto Electric & Repair  has been a staple of the Seatle automotive scene since 1946. We’ve spent this time proudly serving the Seatle area and have become a valued part of the community. Whether you need general upkeep and maintenance or a complete vehicle overhaul, Acme Auto Electric & Repair is there to provide excellent service and trustworthy advice.  Our certified, expert auto service and repair technicians perform services that include inspections and emissions, factory scheduled maintenance, oil changes, check engine light, engine repair, transmission repair, and more! We specialize in auto electric, brakes, …

more shops >