Speedemissions Inc. — a vehicle emissions testing and safety inspections company with shops in Atlanta, Houston, St. Louis and Salt Lake City — has announced plans to conduct a pilot program of repairing vehicles that do not pass emission testing. The program will be tested in all four cities with one store in each market being set up for this pilot.
Rich Parlontieri, the president and CEO of Atlanta-based Speedemissions, said that emission repair is something that management has been reviewing for quite some time. “Offering emission repair services to our customers whose vehicles fail the EPA-mandated test is, in today’s busy lifestyle, a real convenience for them,” Parlontieri said. “They’ll be able to get the car repaired, retested and be on their way without leaving the Speedemissions location.”
Speedemissions will be able to send customers from its other stores in a given market to the location that is handling emission repairs. “We believe this new service has the opportunity to add real value to our business by increasing store revenue and would hope to expand this service into several other stores in the first quarter of 2013,” Parlontieri explained.
This comes at a time when management is working on new initiatives to combat increased competition in the emissions-testing and inspection business following new laws in some of its markets. In attempt to mitigate the plethora of new competitors, Speedemissions has worked to cut operating expenses at both the corporate and store level, step up the sale of products such as windshield wipers and light bulbs, and launch a franchising program.
Just last month, management announced that Speedemissions is now ready to sell its franchise store model under the brand name SpeedEmissions Car Care. Franchises will be made available to qualified store operators who have an interest in either a single or multi-location opportunity in a number of cities where emission testing, safety inspections and similar automotive services are required.
Parlontieri said he is encouraged by the initial amount of inquiries Speedemissions received after it announced its plans to launch this new business unit back in June. “Our initial focus for the selling of franchises will be in the states of Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah,” he said.
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