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How to start an alternator rebuilding business

Updated March 23, 2017

An alternator rebuilding business typically rebuilds starters, alternators and motors for the public or mechanic workshops. While many double as general repair shops, some may focus on rebuilding engines on marine, farm and industrial equipment, in addition to automotive vehicles. An entrepreneur interested in starting his own workshop should have electromechanical training and know the original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, specifications for the products he will work with.

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  1. Gain electromechanical training. Rebuilding alternators requires that you recognise how to disable and reconnect wires and how to use testing equipment to test electrical output. Enroll on a course with a focus on electrical systems.

  2. Contact local authorities to learn the regulations for your workshop. You may get into trouble if you start your business in your home garage. Your neighbours may complain you are running a business in a residential zone.

  3. Secure an appropriately zoned location for your workshop. Determine whether it would be financially advantageous to move into an old repair workshop or buy land and construct or buy buildings or trailers to house each department. Generally, you’ll need a parts-supply building, an office and bays for repairing your equipment. If you will do paint work, you’ll need a separate bay or room.

  4. Outfit your facilities with appropriate storage drums for liquids and hazardous materials. Buy fire insurance, workers’ compensation and general liability insurance.

  5. Buy tools for rebuilding, rewinding, refinishing and testing units, as well as safety gear, office supplies, chemicals and uniforms. Obtain online service manuals and reference materials on various alternator makes and models.

  6. Hire skilled and certified mechanics for your workshop. Review the Health and Safety Executive's manuals and implement safety measures as laid out by the law.

  7. Contact reliable distributors to procure parts for the manufacturers whose equipment you work on for your supply store.

  8. Contact your HSE office to set up an inspection and apply for your workshop license.

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Things You'll Need

  • Liability insurance
  • Parts
  • Manuals
  • Diagnostic tools
  • Tools
  • Safety equipment
  • Storage containers

About the Author

George Boykin started writing in 2009 after retiring from a career in marketing management spanning 35 years, including several years as CMO for two consumer products national advertisers and as VP for an AAAA consumer products advertising agency. Boykin mainly writes about advertising and marketing for SMBs.

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