Autovisions | Ratchet+Wrench

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Shop name: Self-visions
Owners): Nathan Bryant
Location (city, state): Englewood, Colorado
Staff size: 2
Store size (in square feet): 2,800 square feet
Number of bays: 3
Average monthly number of cars: 65
Annual income ($): 450,000

Autovisions occupies one-twelfth of a dodecagonal building – this is the geometric term for a 12-sided polygon. In simpler terms, the shop is shaped like a pie. The building’s owner envisioned his uniquely designed building to serve as an auto import mall housing 12 specialty shops. At least that was the plan.

“It was an interesting idea; it completely failed,” says Nathan Bryant, mentioning that he and the nearby brewery are the only tenants in the building.

A piece of the cake

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While it can be hard to imagine operating an auto repair shop from a wedge-shaped space, Bryant tactfully positions his shop to handle the workflow.

“Because it’s a round building and everything has been built like pieces of pie, its shape is a bit odd. I have a door to enter the building that enters what would be the big piece of the cake, then right in front of you is a scissor alignment rack with a two post lift on either side. In one corner I have a tire machine and wheel balancer, then on the other wall is the tool box,” he says. “We also have laptops in the store, and I don’t think you can walk 15 feet here without running into a computer.”

Plug’n Play

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With electrification a hot topic in the industry, Bryant, an ASE Certified Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technician, began adding the equipment needed to service electric vehicles.

“I already have a charging station here at the workshop for electric vehicles. We have original equipment to retrofit at least a few vehicle brands, but we’re not going to do it all,” he says. “But as the world changes, we fully intend to follow it.”

Initially, he wanted a charging station for public use, but the installation price deterred him from making this investment.

“I considered getting one outside that could be used by the public and that turned out to be unrealistic because of the cost, location of the building and the shape of the car park. It would have ended up costing , I think, $20,000 or $30,000,” he says.

Instead, he bought one online and made private use of it for vehicle work in the store. The charging station cost the store $1,000 and Bryant had it installed by an electrician, a process he says took 15 minutes.

“I have a charging station inside my building that I can only use when there is a vehicle here. It was really easy to set up. I ended up ordering a station from Amazon and then having an electrician install it. Bryant says

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