Auto Shop for Sale vs. New Auto Repair Shop

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Is It Better to Find an Auto Shop for Sale or Plan on Starting an Auto Repair Shop in a Steel Building?

Opening an auto repair shop in the $58 Billion auto shop industry is clearly an intriguing opportunity. In fact, the influx of entrepreneurs starting a mechanic shop has resulted in 1.4% growth every year over the past 5 years. The question is: should you be looking at buying an existing auto shop for sale or starting an auto repair shop in a new steel building? Here are a few pros and cons to help you evaluate buying an auto shop versus opening an auto repair shop in a new steel building:

For most, starting an auto repair business in a new steel building does outweigh the benefits of buying an existing auto repair business. So lets look at what you need to know about opening an auto shop in a metal building.

General Steel makes starting a mechanic shop simple with easy-to-install steel building kits that are both durable and less expensive than traditional construction. As you begin researching auto shop building plans, here are a few design considerations to keep in mind:

Most auto buildings have a series of doors down one sidewall. These doors are typically 14 feet tall in order to accommodate semi trucks and these 14’ doors require a minimum 16’ tall building.

Most steel building designs utilize x bracing in the sidewalls. If x bracing was used in the building above, the bracing would eliminate one of the access doors. So when it comes to designing your auto shop, we recommend going with portal frames rather than x bracing to gain an access door into each bay.

Contrary to x bracing, portal frames allow full-usage of every bay in the shop.

For example, in the 60 by 100 auto shop above there is a door in each bay along the south wall, which tells us that this building has been portal framed.

If you opt to save by going with x bracing one of the bays would lose its access door for auto service due to the x bracing. This cuts back on the efficiency of your shop as a whole.

Again by replacing the rod bracing with a portal frame, you gain full access to every bay in the shop. A portal frame does however require one extra foot in width and height – but the cost benefit of operating an extra bay in your shop easily makes up for the added expense.

While opting for portal framing or x bracing can dramatically change the final design your auto shop, there are some characteristics that are consistent across all auto shop buildings like bay sizing, door locations and door types.

• The bays in an auto shop never run smaller than 20 feet wide and never wider than 30’.

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The Poker Party Baby Shower For Couples

These days it is not just women who attend baby showers. Couples can also celebrate the big event. One way to get everyone involved and interested is to throw a poker party.

Getting Organized

There are web sites available to help you set up this party- no sense re-inventing the wheel. A simple search revealed a number of useful sites about how to set up a home Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament or one using other standard poker games. Product reviews, forums, and lots of information about different types of poker chips, playing cards, clothing, and all sorts of accessories are abundant. It might also be advisable to search your local yellow pages for places where poker party accessories such as poker chips, playing cards or other items can be rented instead of investing money in these things if they won’t be used again. The party organizer can also ask guests to bring poker chips or decks of playing cards which can be used for the evening.


Use tables that can accommodate 6 to 8 people comfortably. Cover the tables with green felt or perhaps green plastic table cloths to give a poker room atmosphere. You will need poker chips, playing cards, and copies of rules for each table. You might also obtain some visors for players and dealer buttons for the dealers. These can be found on many web sites. Stringing Christmas style lights around the room also adds atmosphere.

Food to Serve

This type of baby shower theme party calls for something informal and hearty that both the men and women will enjoy. A large 6 foot submarine sandwich would certainly fit the bill and will feed up to 30 people. Tell the sub shop or grocery store that prepares the sandwich how many people are expected to attend the shower, and they can make a judgment about how large of a sub to make. Ask several guests to bring a dish of potato or macaroni salad, perhaps baked beans, and chips, dip, pretzels and the like. Obviously soft drinks, wine and beer or other beverages will all go well with this theme.


For a party like this the guests can bring individual gifts or the party organizer can suggest that couples go together and purchase an item that is more expensive. Good ideas would include baby furniture if needed, or perhaps a baby bike trailer if the parents-to-be are cyclists. If either is a jogger, a jogging stroller is a great idea as well.

Additional Baby Gambling Game

To keep the baby shower theme alive another gambling game can be done prior to or after the poker games. Make a grid with approximately the same number of squares as there are guests. For example, if 28 people are at the party make a grid that is seven squares along the top and 4 squares down. Along the top put the expected due date above the middle box and the dates prior to and after the …