Looking At Starting A Small Engine Shop

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by EMTDUCK1984, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. EMTDUCK1984

    EMTDUCK1984 LawnSite Member
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    I Have Worked For Several Shops And Am Thinking Of Starting A Shop Of My Own And Was Wondering How Much Investment Some Of The Newer Dealers Have Started With?
     
  2. TJLANDS

    TJLANDS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Come up here to central NJ, All the dealers suck 79-85 per hour.
    AaaaauuuuuuuuuuGGGGGGGGGGG.
    If you are good I will start you up, it would be cheaper
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    exactly why I went 100% in-house except warranty work.
     
  4. EMTDUCK1984

    EMTDUCK1984 LawnSite Member
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    WELL THAT IS TEMPTING BUT I KNOW THE AREA DOWN HERE IN GEORGIA BETTER NJ WOULD BE A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALL GAME
     
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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  6. EMTDUCK1984

    EMTDUCK1984 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Im A Member Of That As Well
     
  7. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
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    To start the right way (assuming no current suitable building).

    Approx. $850K-$1.5mil.

    This would assume that you are having to either buy land and build a building, or find a suitable zoned building and renovate it to dealership use. Also assumes that you would be setting up with all engine manufacturers, at least one handheld line, a mower line and 2 or 3 other people as employees. Computerized system, sufficient parts inventory etc.''

    How people think a legitimate dealer could still have a business by having a shop labor rate of $25/hr is beyond me.
     
  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Cool! I'm a member on there as well!
     

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