Having an auto dealership is a lot of responsibility, and there are many risks associated with having cars. There are a lot of potential disasters that could befall the dealership. You don’t know what the future holds, but there are a few things you can do to protect your auto dealership from things like fire and theft. Here are a few tips to keep your dealership safe. We may not be able to see what’s going to happen even five minutes from now, but you can take steps to lower your risk.
5 tips to protect your auto dealership.
1. Store flammable items safely.
If your dealership also has a repair shop, you probably have a lot of flammable items on the premises. And flammable things, by definition, can catch fire. For example, here are some of the supplies you might have around the shop:
These are just a few of the many fire-prone supplies at your dealership’s service center or shop. These should all be organized, labeled, sorted, and stored properly and safely. Don’t take any risks with these supplies.
2. Spray paint properly.
If there’s any spray painting done at your repair shop, it’s important to make sure it’s done safely. First of all, you have to spray paint in proper booths. These booths should have proper ventilation – spray paint has a lot of fumes, and it’s serious stuff.
3. Be sure to do welding safely.
Welding is another potentially dangerous activity that you might need to do at your repair shop. There are a few precautions you can take to make welding safer. You need to evaluate the welding process to make sure all of the tanks and gases are being used properly. There should also be a separation between the welding and the rest of the shop operations. You need to have either a separate room or a flash or welding curtain to keep things as safe as possible.
4. Keep the shop tidy.
It’s also important not to overlook housekeeping. Keep your shop area nice and tidy. Remember that greasy or oily rags should be placed in appropriate containers, such as metal containers with covers. Work areas should be clear and neat. And trash should be removed from the building and placed in appropriate receptacles. Yes, housekeeping might seem like a pain, but it is nice to have a tidy workplace.
5. Prevent vehicle theft.
It’s worth noting that cars and auto parts are targets of theft. They’re valuable, after all. So, take steps to prevent the theft of your cars by having security controls. Physical barriers like chains, fences, and gates are a good place to start. But it’s also important to have good lighting – that can discourage people from coming onto your premises after dark. And then it’s also a good idea to have an alarm system that connects directly to a police department. Protecting your vehicles and your premises is crucial.
Auto dealerships have some very valuable merchandise, so it’s important to take steps to protect your premises. By reducing your risk of fire and lowering your risk of theft, you can stop a major loss before it happens. A little preparation can go a long way.
And speaking of preparation, it’s also a good idea to be prepared with the right auto dealership insurance. We would be happy to help you get quotes for the coverage you need. Our team understands the risks your dealership faces. If you need auto dealership insurance, give us a call, message us on LiveChat, or fill out our online form.