Wheel alignment is not overly complicated. In most instances modern alignment equipment can ‘prompt’ a technician through the process, to achieve swift and precise readings. But how do you make it work and develop into a consistent revenue stream for your workshop? Well, it could be down to how you communicate and market it to your customers.
A excellent example of this is FIVESTAR AUTOCENTER – Huddersfield. They realised very early on that they needed to take the mystery out of alignment and start a conversation with their customers about the benefits to a perfectly aligned vehicle, that ultimately could save them hundreds of pounds in the long term.
To do this they offered a FREE complimentary alignment for a promotional period, on each vehicle that came through their doors. This enabled FIVESTAR to assess and diagnose any severe cases of misalignment and discuss the options available to the owner.
FIVESTAR decided they wanted to at the forefront of alignment technology by purchasing a Hofmann Megaplan Ssence 600 3D aligner. The Ssence 600 system represents the very latest 3D wheel alignment technology. Utilising the ‘reflective target’ type measuring head and camera system, the Ssence is fast, simple, and ideal for those customers looking to get swift and accurate results. The software has been designed to make life as easy for the operator as possible, minimising unnecessary procedures commonly found on other, similar systems.
Every customer was handed a print out of their vehicle’s current alignment values and talked through the options available, making sure they had all the information on their vehicle to make an informed decision. If they decided work was necessary, FIVESTAR happily carried out the work and provided proof of the work carried out.
… needless to say this was successful. With their equipment paid off in less than 12 months and influx of new and existing alignment customers.
Great service FIVESTAR!
Check them out for yourself …
We like to think we are dedicated to every installation we carry out. Quite often you’ll see posts on this very blog about installations in most remote of places. This one is no exception! With the products checked and PDI at our Huntington base, the products were loaded ready for our engineer to install at the most northerly tip of the British Isles, Shetland. The customer required a complete tyre changing and alignment setup including, lifting equipment, wheel aligner, tyre changers and finally balancers.
The Shetland island is the UK most northerly group of islands and putting that into perspective their nearest neighbour is Orkney, 50 miles (80km) to the south-west. In fact it’s only 200 miles (320km) away from Norway. It’s a 12 hour ferry ride, something our engineers know all about!
In such remote locations services can be expensive and the customer need to know that their equipment would be well made and stand the test of time, so not to incur any costly call outs.
At the heart of the installation are the two new TSX3000 scissors lifts, recently added to Hofmann Megaplan range. Boasting a lifting capacity of 3 tonnes and minimum height of just 110mm making it great for installations directly to the floor. Their strength and versatility make them ideal in a situation like this.
The fully-automatic megamount 503 Racing is simply fantastic value for money; providing the typical build quality customers have come to expect from a ‘megamount’ model, combined with a versatile specification and highly competitive price tag. A best seller and common sight amongst tyre shops, garages and main dealers across the globe!
Representing great value for money and incredible return on investment, the megaline system 4 is a must for any garage or tyre shop; even those with existing computerised systems would value the megaline as a way of getting measurements quickly for customer checks.
A fairly recent addition to the Hofmann Megaplan range, the megalift 4000-2 lift as a an electro-hydraulic 2 Post lift represents excellent value for money, combining an economic design typical of entry-level lifts, but with the added peace of mind of being a Hofmann Megaplan product with all its associated qualities such as build, reliability, long-term spares availability and reputation.
Finally the megaspin 200-3 was added is just makes perfect sense! Small, and loaded with features normally only associated with ‘top end’ machines. The megaspin 200 is a motorised wheel balancer utilising low speed technology to eliminate the need for a wheel guard, making it an excellent solution for workshops where space is at a premium.
This particular install was sold by Andrew Page where you can get a range of Hofmann Megaplan products.
Following a exceptionally well received launch in Las Vegas back in February, the Hofmann Megaplan trans-Atlantic offering is really starting to take shape. With two impressive premium wheel balancers and two feature driven tyre (tire) changers in their armory to unleash on the US market.
The 420 is really special and contains The most advanced technology the industry has seen in a wheel balancer. The combination of revolutionary new technology, incredible simplicity, and typical Hofmann Megaplan reliability make this, in our opinion, the best value wheel balancer on the US market today.
Boasting ‘No Checkspin’ technology and 6 O’clock weight positioning, the megaspin 420 only requires the operator to select the weight position(s) and lower the hood – it’s that simple! There is no possibility for error, no chance of the machine throwing up an extra 5 or 10gms, and absolutely NO CHECKSPIN REQUIRED!
Like its sister model, the 820 shares the accolade of offering the most advanced technology the industry has seen in a wheel balancer. All packaged up with a highly visible LCD screen, which delievers acurate results.
As for the tyre changers, we are offering something really special and groundbreaking that should get the American market talking.
The new ‘Twister Evo” tyre changer from Hofmann Megaplan is a ‘game changing’ piece of Italian engineering that makes tyre changing ‘a dream’ for fitters. Its revolutionary design unitises an ‘up and around’, fully-automatic side-swinging motion, unseen in the market until now. One handed operation is here and could change the way a modern tyres are fitted.
Seeing is believing, so give us a call to see just how special this machine is.
The machines featured at the ToolExpo in Orlando, FL last week as part of the ISN groups annual customer tool show. Like everything in America this event is simply massive!
We’ll certainly be back for more next year!
Getting your vehicle serviced and tyres changed on the on the Island of Lewis has long been limited but thanks to a lot of hard work and determination, Finnies Garage is now open for business.
This is a brand new company aiming to offer the highest quality of service and hence choose Hofmann-megaplan’s machines to kit out their workshop. For those not familiar with Lewis, it is the southern part of the Scottish Hebridean island of Lewis and Harris. It’s known for sandy beaches like Luskentyre and Scarista on the west coast, and for rugged mountains in the north. Getting there is ‘no mean feat’, however it was a pleasure for our Service engineer to visit and get them all set up
If you find yourself on the Island of Lewis and you car develops a fault, make sure to drop by:
Finnie’s Tyre Services (Isle of Lewis) – 01851 701113
To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your business, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11
No building is to big or trailer to small, we will always be able to do the install….
With a limited amount of space and just one operator, dancing around a tyre changer was not the ideal solution for Discount Tyres (Kent). So a Megamount 303R seemed like just the ideal solution.
The megamount 303 Racing is a semi-automatic, space saving, high performance tyre changer designed for extreme/intensive use. Which it most certainly gets from Discount Tyres. Unlike discount ‘swing-arm’ machines, which are generally designed to meet a price point and not a quality standard, the megamount 303 is built for those customers who need a machine capable of handling the toughest rim & tyre combinations, but who don’t have the space for a typical high-performance machine.
Boasting 10” to 24” clamping (22” external) and extra-tall turret to cater for wide rims, the megamount 303 incorporates our unique ‘megafit pro-duo Lite’ robotic arm system to handle run-flats and low-profile tyres all from a 12v format, ideal for a mobile operation like this.
Find out more about our 303 Racing on the main company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11
Yesterday saw our much anticipated ‘Open House’ event take place, with customers visiting from as far as Teeside to see the latest technology on offer from the UK’s favourite garage equipment supplier!
Live demonstrations and the unveiling of some brand new products ensured that the day proved a worthwhile visit from both distributors and end users visiting our Cambridgeshire showroom.
The highlights of the day included the brand new megaspin 1200 diagnostic balancer, and the recently launched Cascos C4XL lift.
Although the attraction that definitely proved the biggest crowd puller, and probably my personal favourite, was the burger van!!