Mike Bachara

Mike Bachara

Mike is the Owner of Pro Count West and has been involved in the automotive industry his entire life. His motive to pursue a career in this industry stemmed from his passion for cars and his father’s business. He enjoys helping his clients maintain their automotive parts inventories and has a great deal of knowledge to share about managing automotive parts departments and inventory.

Recent Posts

April 13, 2020

Customer Retention Through Better Inventory Management

Missing parts - every service shop has experienced it and suffered the pain of not being able to find them. It’s not only your bottom line that it affects, it also wreaks havoc on your customer satisfaction.

During this time when many businesses are in temporary shut-down, it’s an opportune time to re-think processes and consider how to make improvements.

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March 9, 2020

Automotive Inventory Valuation - Which Method to Use?

When choosing an accounting method for automotive inventory valuation, it is important to consider how each method will impact your goals, as well as what is practical for your business operations.

Inventory valuation and Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) are an important part of your financial statements, including your balance sheet, profit and loss and cash flow.

While there are many different valuation methods, the two most common inventory valuation methods are LIFO (Last In, First Out) and FIFO (First In, First Out).

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February 28, 2020

4 Disadvantages of Doing Your Automotive Physical Inventory Internally

The annual parts inventory count - there is no getting around it. It is a critical part of your company’s management process and helps ensure your records are accurate for the year-end and tax season.

There is, however, a lot that can go wrong - from disruptions in work and internal conflicts to the uncovering of mismanagement or even theft. This is why it is no surprise that for most teams, it is a dreaded time of year.

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February 14, 2020

3 Strategies That Will Improve Your Automotive Parts Inventory Management in 2020

2020 has started, which means many businesses in the automotive space should have already completed their year-end physical inventory counts or soon will have.

If you are one of these businesses, you are already a step ahead when it comes to managing your parts inventory.

As the second largest investment in most automotive dealerships, it is imperative that your parts inventory dollars are accounted for. It will help you sharpen the oversight of your entire stock and help to expedite the disposal of obsolete inventory, resulting in a gain for your overall cash position.

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January 10, 2020

How to Maximize Your Automotive Inventory with Cyclical Counts

Taking inventory of your automotive dealership is a job that is often viewed as being disruptive by your employees, not just those who have to do the physical parts counts, but also the teams that are affected while the inventory is in progress.

That is why the idea of doing inventory outside of your regular annual count for year-end can be daunting.

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December 31, 2019

How to Minimize Internal Theft in Your Automotive Dealership’s Parts Department

We all want to see the best in people, especially the people who work for us. Unfortunately, internal theft happens. When your business fails to properly monitor its inventory, your company is opened up to the risk of disgruntled employees taking advantage of your trusting nature, grabbing parts for themselves, friends or even for their side business.

The reality is, the cost of a stolen part isn’t just its value, it is the indirect costs associated with not being able to easily locate the parts – wasted time, poor customer service and frustrated employees.

To minimize the effect of internal fraud, consider the following tips from Pro Count West:

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December 30, 2019

5 Ways a Well-Managed Inventory Contributes to a Successful Dealership

The success of your parts department is key to the effective operation of your automotive business as a whole.

If it is not properly maintained, you risk inventory errors and challenges that will have an adverse effect on your entire business - including service, administration, sales and much more.

To demonstrate the importance of a well-managed inventory system, here are five ways your dealership will benefit from a successful parts department.

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November 29, 2019

Automotive Dealership: Common Year-End Count Errors and How to Avoid Them

It’s that time of year again – time to prepare for your annual physical inventory.

As the second largest investment in most automotive dealerships, it is imperative that your parts inventory dollars be accounted for. If you do not take this critical step in your inventory management, there is a risk that your ending inventory will be inaccurately stated.

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November 15, 2019

3 Steps for Performing Your Year-End Automotive Parts Inventory

The year is quickly coming to a close and that means that it is time to start planning for your annual year-end physical inventory count. This will help ensure the count goes as smoothly as possible.

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October 31, 2019

How to Avoid Inventory Over-Valuation When Buying a Dealership

Buying a dealership can be a lucrative investment that offers a number of benefits - an established customer base, a better understanding of the market expectation and the ability to start operations almost immediately.

However, there are a lot of things that you need to consider when completing the buy/sell transaction.

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