Episode 136

Key Questions with Elijah McMillan [E136]

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"In the world of automotive repair, specialization can be key to success." Elijah McMillan, shares his journey into key programming. Interestingly, he took over from mobile locksmiths, opting out of car-related services, a reminder that knowing your niche and capabilities is vital.

Elijah also works on Hybrid vehicles. He's specialized in hybrid repair, particularly with the Toyota Prius. Adding keys to these vehicles might seem daunting, but it’s an integral part of servicing hybrids.

Did you know that dealers often sell keys at a loss? Elijah McMillan shone a light on this surprising fact. Locksmiths can carve out a lucrative space in the market by strategically stocking fobs and utilizing the right tools, like the OTIS system for Volkswagens. Efficiency and preparedness can turn challenges into profitable opportunities.

  • Key programming and aftermarket tools
  • Obtaining a VSP (Vehicle Security Professional) license
  • Challenges and opportunities of offering key programming services
  • Hybrid vehicle repair, particularly with Toyota Prius models
  • High voltage battery repair in Prius Gen 2 models
  • Quality repairs and competitive warranties
  • Automotive industry in Michigan and industry events
  • Key fobs and inventory management
  • Impact of key programming tools on business
  • Importance of staying informed about the latest technology in the automotive industry

About the Podcast

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About your host

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Matt Fanslow

Matt Fanslow is the diagnostic tech/shop manager at Riverside Automotive in Red Wing, MN. His primary responsibilities are to diagnose driveability and electrical/electronic issues, and perform most all programming, coding, initializing, adoptions, etc. Basically, if it needs to be figured out or has wires, it goes to Matt.

He’s been a tech since 1996. Matt is also a subject matter expert for ASE and has instructed at Vision Hi-Tech Training and Expo. Matt has participated on 18 ASE technical committees for the ASE Practice Test, A6, A7, A8, and L1 tests. He’s also done case studies for Standard Motor Products. Fanslow’s goal is to do everything in his power to improve the overall level of professionalism within the automotive and light truck repair trade and also raise the level of its public image.