You know your dealership is tight on floor space.Those tires, engines, fenders, filters and other common replacement parts all need a home; but where to store them that will be out of the way, yet improve the overall workflow and efficiency of your staff? You know you could add on to your dealership, but that’s a costly investment and it will take a significant period of time to complete. You need space now. Growing pains like these are fairly common among automotive dealers nationwide, but our top two strategies below could extend the life of your facility for years to come.
Look up Not out for Space with a Work Platform
When assessing your facility’s options for adding space, the first thing to consider is whether upward expansion is a viable option. If it is, then the obvious choice is to build up with a work platform (also known as a mezzanine).
Work platforms are a great solution to fully utilize overhead space as they can be custom designed and installed in a matter of weeks and at a fraction of the cost of new construction.
For automotive facilities, the installation of a work platform creates additional space for tires, body parts, large bulky items, files, workstations, offices, etc.
In addition, a free-standing work platform offers tax advantages through accelerated (7-year) depreciation since they are recognized as capital equipment.
A well-designed work platform can be built to meet your exact specifications and application requirements. If you’re wondering what works best for your application, consider an onsite visit with a Wildeck automotive specialist to determine your facility’s needs. If you are in the planning stages of a new facility, engaging with one of these experts early on could help you make the most out of your vertical space.
Hundreds of automotive dealerships (just like yours) are enjoying the benefits of valuable floor space that they thought wasn’t possible without a brick and mortar expansion. They’ve gained that floor space through the installation of a work platform.
Find out how a Wildeck work platform helped one automotive dealership achieve their organizational goals by reading our case study, St. Louis Motorcars: Creating Extra Space for Storage.
For additional information on the benefits a Wildeck work platform affords, read our article in Workplace Material Handling & Safety.
Bring in Material Lifting Efficiency with a VRC
For automotive dealers that have already maximized their footprint with multiple levels, the next question should be how to move their materials most efficiently to that elevated level.
While manual labor may appear to be the least expensive option, this may not necessarily hold true.
Carrying large/heavy automotive parts and equipment up flights of stairs creates opportunities for injuries, which can quickly result in high costs for your facility and loss of productivity.
We suggest a safer alternative that performs the material lifting for you – a vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC).
A VRC material lift will transfer your most cumbersome auto parts and equipment to your second level with a push of a button while removing forklifts entirely from the equation.
Because they are for material use only (passengers are prohibited), they are much less costly to operate and maintain than a typical elevator; providing you with a much quicker return on your investment.
VRCs have fewer upfront costs than a passenger elevator and can potentially prevent worker injuries. They are unquestionably one of the safest and most efficient ways to move materials from one floor level to another.
To find out how companies win with a VRC installation, read our blog post, Three Benefits of a Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRCs).
When it comes to expanding your facility, new construction isn’t always the answer. Often times, there are better ways to maximize your space, and the difference could save you thousands of dollars down the road. The next time you are looking to tune up your automotive facility, contact a Wildeck automotive specialist to see if a work platform and/or material lift (VRC) are viable options for you.