Tips for Planning Your Perfect Auto Repair Shop Building

By Mark Hiatt   |   Posted In: Workshops

Tips for Planning Your Perfect Auto Repair Shop Building

The automotive service industry is still big business in America.

Now is a good time to get into the automotive repair business. It’s true that more electric vehicles are hitting the road every day, but the vast majority of the 243 million licensed drivers in the U.S. still operate vehicles with combustion engines. And with the state of the present economy, Americans are trying to make their cars and trucks last as long as possible before having to purchase another vehicle. For this reason, demand for capable auto repair service providers remains high.


While there are many dealerships, national chains, and regional chains who offer auto repair services, there’s plenty of room in the market for new auto service providers. Some consumers actually prefer to partner with a local, independent auto repair shop, in fact. Folks like the personal touch they can get from a local auto service professional, and they tend to trust independent auto repair providers more, too.


What type of facility do you need?

If you’re ready to start your own automotive repair business, the first thing you’re going to need is the right facility. What kind of building is best for an auto repair shop? A custom metal structure from Carport Central, of course! Our commercial metal buildings are really the perfect solution for starting your own business.


Side-entry metal garages are ideal for the building needs of a small auto shop business. You can basically add as many bays as you want, or you can go even bigger with the engineering possibilities of large metal buildings and clear span buildings. What’s better about a metal building framed with steel tubing? Plenty.


Benefits of choosing a metal workshop for your auto repair business

There are many reasons why a steel workshop makes good sense; here are just a few worth noting:

  • Steel is structurally strong, weather-resistant, fire-resistant, and pest-resistant.
  • Steel workshops and metal warehouses are completely customizable; put roll-up doors, walk-in doors, and windows wherever you like.
  • Divide up your interior space however you choose; you can create separate sections for specialized repairs, and even include dedicated office space.
  • Don’t just rent space, when you can actually build equity by installing a commercial metal garage on your own property.
  • Prefab metal buildings and custom steel garages from Carport Central are some of the most cost-effective building solutions around!


How to plan for your perfect commercial steel building

1. What do you need in an auto shop building?

Deciding what you need in a metal building to begin with is one of the most important first steps. What equipment, items, specialized tasks, and people will your facility include? Do you intend to finish any of the space for human occupancy (like an office)? Would you also benefit by adding a metal lean-to for extra open-air shelter? Answering key questions like these will make you better prepared to get exactly what you need in a commercial steel building.


2. Choose a size and style of metal building.

You can go with a traditional garage look, a barn style, or even create a design of your own. One of the most common mistakes that many commercial building buyers make is not getting a big enough building to accommodate growth. It’s more cost-effective to go with a bigger building now, as opposed to having to add a second addition later. Carport Central can custom build to any width or length specifications, and we can design your building to be tall enough to accommodate fully-extended lifts, too.


3. Obtain needed building permits.

Most commercial buildings in the U.S. will need to meet local building codes. This often means your building will need to be certified to meet minimum wind and snow load ratings. Carport Central is familiar with the most applicable building code and certification requirements across our 46-state service area, so we can certainly help you in that regard.


4. Prepare and level your site.

Your site will need to be leveled before any scheduled installation can occur. For a certified building, the site must be level to within 3” front-to-back and side-to-side. It’s also important to ensure any overhanging vegetation or debris is cleared beforehand, so the installation crew will have easy building site access.


5. Let the building installation begin!

Watching your commercial metal building be installed is when it really gets fun! Putting up a steel workshop takes a lot less time than you might expect, too. Exactly how long can vary depending on the size of your building, but most smaller buildings can be erected in just a day or two. And even the largest of metal buildings can usually be put up in less than a week. Then you can have your electrical and other finishing contractors come in, and you’ll be ready to go!


6. Final inspection time.

Every aspect of your building must pass inspection before the local inspector will sign off on it. Choosing the right metal building provider to begin with can make this process go much more smoothly for you. In the case of Carport Central, we maintain our own staff of certified engineers, along with employing the best team of building specialists on the planet.


Choose Carport Central to provide your best auto repair shop solution!

If you’re ready to set your business up for success, then make sure to choose the right metal building provider. Nobody beats Carport Central when it comes to commercial steel building design and engineering. We’re the premier online provider of metal structures in America, and we only partner with only the best metal building manufacturers and installers. We’ll be glad to help you find a building solution that meets both your needs, and your budget. Plus, delivery and installation are included at no extra charge! 

Carport Central is here to provide shelter for your way of life and your way of business. What’s central to you, is central to us. Give us a call today at (980) 321-9898, and experience the Carport Central difference!


  • Mark Hiatt

    Mark Hiatt brings over 20 years of commercial construction experience as a licensed engineer in NC, SC, and VA. Design-and-build is his specialty, and he serves both as a structural engineer for American Building Network and as an engineering consultant for Carport Central.

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