Business Summary: As a mobile mechanic, you will make services calls to remote locations for repairs and/or maintenance. Customers may ask that you come to their home or office to service their car because they are too busy to take it to a shop and you will get calls from stranded motorists who have broken down along the road who are in need of immediate assistance. Some of the routine repairs and maintenance you will be servicing are flat tires, busted hoses, over heated cars, dead batteries, oil changes, tune-ups, brake changes, and towing. You will have the flexibility to set your own hours and determine your area of service. However, you may want to be somewhat flexible with the hours you are willing to be on call so you are available to accommodate customers and make more money. You can easily operate this business out of your home to minimize overhead expenses and maximize your profit margin.
Start Up Cost: $3,000 – $10,000
Can Be Home Based?: Yes
Can Be Operated Part Time?: Yes
Skills Required: You will need to be very knowledgeable about basic automotive repair and maintenance and have all the necessary tools to get the job done. There are auto mechanics and other specialized courses and certificate programs available at your local community college or online to help ensure your success. Other skills needed for a successful mobile mechanic business are excellent organizational skills, the ability to juggle a hectic schedule, superior customer service skills, and being dependable.
How Much Can You Earn: Potential earnings of a mobile mechanic vary depending on the hours of availability and services offered. Most mobile mechanics charge a flat rate per job depending on the problem or by the hour at a rate of $10 to $15 plus a service call charge. Average annual earnings can range from $35,000 to $75,000. However, earnings can be substantially higher by being on call more hours and by completing a higher number of jobs per year.
Understanding Customers: Your customers will be one of two types of motorists, 1) the busy motorist - too busy to sit around a shop waiting on repairs and maintenance to be completed or 2) the stranded motorist – broke down and in need of immediate roadside assistance.
Marketing Strategy: Word of mouth is by far the best form of advertising available. However, there are other ways to get your business noticed and off to a quick start. You can place business directory ads in local newspapers, and broadcast short radio advertisements during peak drive times. You can also ask local shop owners and convenience stores for permission to leave business cards or flyers at their checkout counters.
Requirements: A valid business license is required to operate a business. For more information and specific requirements, contact your state department of revenue.You will need some or all of the following to get your business started:ToolsBattery TesterBattery CharterJumper CablesSpare Parts (common: such as clamps and hoses, belts, fuses, tire repair kits)Air CompressorGenerator/WelderHydraulic Floor JackBottle JackViseWork Lights (for night calls)Fluids (water, brake fluid, antifreeze, oil, and gas)Service ManualsDependable Service Truck/Wrecker Tape (duct and electrical)Cell PhoneDay Planner/Appointment BookBasic Office Supplies (business cards, flyers, pens, receipt books, repair orders, file folders and forms to document necessary information for each customer, filing cabinet)