Many auto shop owners and service managers are always looking for ways to bring in new revenue. One of the best ways to accomplish that is to get into offering wheel alignment service.
While getting up and running for alignments can require a high capital expenditure initially, it can reap huge rewards down the road. Data shows that offering wheel alignment service is very profitable.
Once you’ve done your research and determined that offering this service is something you wish to do, then the next step is to determine what specific pieces of equipment you will need. First, you will need an alignment lift. There are many different alignment lifts on the market. We’ve covered them before in a previous post here about Alignment Lifts.
The next item that you will need is an alignment machine. There are many good manufacturers of alignment machines. One of them is Unite. bestautoequipments.com has been carrying alignment machines by Unite for many years. They are surprisingly affordable and we get great feedback on them.
Some key features to look for are, the number of sensors it has, what type of sensors, what type of wheel clamps it uses and is it hard wired or wireless. The Unite model PL-3D-5555U alignment machine has 8 sensors. You would prefer an eight sensor model to a six sensor model because if you get in the way of one of the beams, you don’t have to start over. Everybody prefers a wireless model. The last thing you need is a bunch of wires cluttering up your work area. The wheel clamps utilize heavy-duty chrome rods with nickel-plated screws and are adaptable to a wide variety of specialized wheels. Of course, probably the most important thing is that it is accurate.
Next, a very important thing for many shop owners and technicians is the support after the purchase. Anybody can sell you a piece of equipment and then forget about it. An alignment machine is a complex piece of machinery and it takes some training to learn how to master it. Unite offers more than just an instruction manual. They will come out on-site to train you on it and set it up. Then, once you’re up and running, the one year warranty includes on-site service as well. Finally, they offer annual updates.
These are important considerations before determining what machines and which manufacturers to purchase. With such a large initial investment required, you must do your homework.