Today we’d like to introduce you to Johnny Anderson.
Johnny, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been a huge car fan as long as I could remember. A 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was my first custom-built car and ever since then, I personally worked on my last nine cars from a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche to a 1986 Buick Regal. This may sound crazy, but before I became a full-time mechanic, I searched YouTube videos to learn more about how to work on specific cars. When I would hire other mechanics for tune-ups and repairs, I eventually realized my knowledge of cars outweighed the countless funds I was dishing out to other businesses – many of which offered poor customer service for overpriced, low quality work. Once I realized how much I knew about cars, I went to mechanic school to improve my craft. I was employed by a few mechanic shops over the years, but after learning what not to do JLA Motors was born.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Over the last seventeen years, running a mechanic business has not been smooth by a longshot. Working for other shops produced more labor than income. I knew that if I wanted to be taken seriously, I needed to focus on strengthening my own brand. One of the biggest struggles was creating a repeat customer client base. A lot of people seek out a mechanic based on referral or if they have had a bad experience with another company. Building trust with the community definitely took some time. This is still something I strive to maintain every day.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the JLA Motors story. Tell us more about it.
I specialize in engine swaps, engine modifications, engine wiring, fabrications, and tuning. I like to say that I am your mechanic’s mechanic because a large percentage of my former and current customers have mechanic experience or send me referrals. Creating a shop of integrity and quality work has been my main focus and one of my proudest accomplishments. I have seen customer service make and break other businesses, so it is important for me to be a resource to my clients even after a job is done.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Well, I wouldn’t call it good or bad luck; I would rather say lessons and blessings. I used the bad times as lessons on how to get to the next level. It was like trial and error so now, I know what works from what failed.
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