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The need for headlight restoration has exploded in recent years due to the rising cost of replacing dull and foggy lenses. Every since glass lenses were replaced with the more stylish designs made of types of plastic, corrosion has been a nuissance. Headlight lens corrosion not only effects the aesthetic value of the vehicle but is a safety issue as well. Therefore a headlight restoration service provides a cosmetic solution as well as a mechanical solution. Providing a single solution for two probelms has made headlight restoration a viable and profitable business with little start up cost.
Those considering headlight restoration need to consider how they will find customers, how much to charge, and what system and products to utilize.
Service dealerships. Most used cars departments pay outside vendors to make cosmetic repairs on their cars. Schedule weekly visits with used car managers. Normally stopping once a week, walk used car inventory, write down cars needing repairs including model, stock number color. Contact manager for approval.
Offer service to detail shops, dealership service drive, body shops, lube shops, etc. Make arrangements for them to sell the service at a specific price above your charge to them. Place advertising in these businesses to help sell your service.
Material cost per pair…$4.00
Labor Time: 10 – 40minutes.
Dealership used cars…charge per pair $50.00 – $70.00
Resale …per pair $70.00 – $95.00
(Service drives, detail shops, body shops, etc.)
Retail charge…$99.00 – $200.00
Are all Headlight Restoration Systems the same ?
Do they really work in 5 minutes, as many claim ?
Why do they not work as well for me as in the demonstration ?
It’s true, all systems are not the same. Some only clean the lens while others are only a cover up. The best Headlight Restoration system is one that provide a new surface and is designed for professional technicians to perform a quality repair in the shortest amount of time. The fact is, repairs can be done in 5 minutes but not on most lenses.
Much depends on the severity of corrosion and the materials that were used to manufacture the lens. Most lenses today are polycarbonate and probably was not what was repaired during a demonstration of a system you may have seen. To be successful choose a company with straight forward information and support !
Choose a company that can provide you with the right tools for quick repairs, products to produce high quality results, and support. :
– The right tools makes all the difference. Tools developed specificly for headlight restoration make repairs efficient. Even vehicles with severe damage can be restored in less time and with great results. Two important tools would be a sander and polisher. An Important feature on the polisher would be a small pad size, such as three inch, to make it easy to polish small and recessed lenses. A three inch pad size would also be well suited for the sander. The best type of sander for the job would be a random orbit which would not grind into the lens. Using tools such as these will make headlight restoration not only quicker butproduce quality results.
A system should include a lens polish, a protective sealer to replace the damaged factory sealer, and a cleaner that will properly prep the lens for addhesion of the new sealer. For efficiency the application of the sealer should be simple, quick and easy.
The company you choose should have great support. Some companies provide technical phone support during a repair. This would be very beneficial for your beginning repairs and for future jobs that may give rise to additional questions. Some companies may even provide marketing help such as fliers that can be downloaded from their website or other promotional items such as t-shirts or business cards.
The challenge of learning headlight restoration should be made easier by your supplier. Do you need to travel to them for training or do they provide another means of training. Headlight restoration is farely simple to learn and with the right system easy to become a pro. Well written paper instructions may be all you need however at least one headlight restoration company, Dvelup supplies a instructional DVD that has excellent demonstrations to learn from.
Do your research for the right supplier and make the headlight restoration business a success for you.
write by Jezebel