Garage Owners in Shaky Times
Garage Owners in Shaky Times
So, like millions of other people the dreaded “Coronavirus” had no significance in our lives. Primarily because it all happened thousands of miles away in mainland China. Of course it never entered my head that these things could spread as quickly as it did. Here at Pellon Autocentre we have always prided ourselves on good service and at the same time offering our local drivers good prices.
Consequently, we have always remained busy and have made a steady living. As the owner I have always made a great effort to look after my staff. Only time has proved this point with most of my workers being long term staff. Profit is important but we have never focused on this as been the most important thing. So recently, liked most other people we looked at the coronavirus as someone elses problem!
How wrong were we
Tracking back in time, then I made a business decision to become an MOT Testing station. Firstly, I had to buy the end part of the building off a small car repair company. Sadly, this did not come cheap. However looking forward as I always do I went ahead with the help of the Yorkshire bank and bought the last piece of the jigsaw.
So, I borrowed heavily, Because the Mot bay was expensive to set up initially. After recruiting a few disappointing testers my star man Ryan Linton came to our rescue and became our main tester. So, the Mot decision was to be one of my best business decisions and like thousands of other garage owners the business model was to be built around the whole testing scenario.
Fast forward to mid-march! Coronavirus was rapidly spreading throughout Europe including here in the UK. Fortunately, we were to become one of the then lucky businesses who could remain open. Our Government whether right or wrong adopted a total “lock down” except for key people who would be able to support the NHS. This “lock down” is going to devastate the economy! Including thousands of small businesses and independent garages.
MOT Testing is our passion
However up to that point we remained confident that we could get by! MOT’s are our passion and blood line. Then came the massive blow! Our panicking government suspended MOT testing for six months. Of course, this was massive “kick in the teeth” to all MOT testing stations across The UK.
Now like millions of other small businesses we could face closure after 40 years of trading. Of course, I say could? I am determined with the help of our customers to get through this crises that no one could predict would happen. The other side of this holds a rainbow of hope for us. Importantly, we will have to catch up with the massive backlog of MOT tests that will have to be carried out. Including all the work that will have to be carried out on the vehicles.
This is the driver that will make me determined to get through this by hook or by crook?