You’re in the business of repairing vehicles because as a kid you might have liked taking things apart and putting them back together. That you get an income out of it now is just a bonus. And what a bonus, with revenuesin the auto repair industry climbing and reaching $51.43 billion in 2020.
An industry as lucrative as car repair obviously comes with stiff competition. You need every advantage you can get to have more customers in your garage and keep them happy. Achieving this goal means hiring skilled labor, installing the right equipment, and using innovative tools that allow you to do more — to build stuff.
You Don’t Just Fix, You Restore
An auto repair shop that does more than fix four-wheeled machines is likely to invite more customers than the next garage. Why? Customers prefer to get everything done in one place. It’s not just about the convenience of it, but also the ease in dealing with one service. Metal fabrication is one way for your auto repair business to provide such a service.
With quality metal manufacturing, your repair shop can replace rare auto parts and provide quality restoration to antique cars. You don’t need to waste time hunting down a part that’s out of production. Metal fabrication makes it possible for you to build machines and structures from raw materials. Through cutting, bending, machining, welding, and other techniques, you can create a final product.
You’ll need the essential shop tools like Baileigh ring rollers, plate rollers, or bead rollers to achieve precision and control over the fabrication process.
From Metal Sheets to the Final Product
Fabricating metal means going through different stages to produce the final product. Every metal fabrication project starts with design. Some customers may already have a design ready, so you may get a prototype.
During the manufacturing process, you could use computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to make a 3D prototype of the product before starting with metalwork.
The building phase involves cutting and shaping the components to fit your customer’s requirements. You could use Computerized Numerical Controls (CNC) to produce more accurate pieces. At this stage, you may apply the following methods: cutting, rolling, bending, and quality control to create the desired part.
The last step in fabrication involves buffing up the finished product. It will require strengthening the part and ensuring your customers can use it safely. You may finish with deburring and grinding, then prepare for installation.
The Benefits for Auto Repair Shops
Steel fabrication makes it easier for your repair shop to create rare parts or make new ones. You can also offer custom-made car body parts, conduct collision and corrosion repair, and carry out bumper and trim fabrication — all the good stuff that your competitor might not provide.
We carry an extensive collection of auto equipment and tools to help your business do more than repair those awesome four-wheeled machines. If you’re not sure about which equipment to pick, our knowledgeable, friendly staff will help you along with your decision. Whether it’s repairing an SUV for a family on a road trip or restoring a beloved muscle car for a collector, we’ve got the products you need to serve your customers.
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