Originally Posted by wes8517
Looking at possibly opening a shop here in Houston. Primary business will be for trucks/SUV's and doing alignments, chassis, suspension and drivetrain work. Will also be a dealer for higher end suspension systems - Carli, Icon, etc. as well as do wheels and tires for people that want lifts installed.
Anyone do this?
If so would you do it again?
Where did you go for initial investment money to get started? I will need shop space (lease), alignment rack, 1-3 lifts, tire and wheel machines, etc. Looking at likely needing $100k or so to get a good start.
yes, my dad did. Already had an established mechanic and auto body shop. Added the alignment side when the local tire shop expressed the hole for good alignments, plus we were sending work to a crappy alignment place after doing service work for inspections and accident repair.
we added a drive on rack, and beam system etc to do it. Prolly one of the best business decisions we ever made.
also while lifts and aftermarket stuff sounds fun, the market is just now slowly recovering in many places from the recession, meanwhile people are keeping cars longer and getting them serviced. You will make more money doing day to day repairs, than the high end lift installs that happen now and then. In our area we would not last doing "custom" lifts alone.