The lack of a spare fuse may hamper your business' ability to meet — let alone exceed — customers' expectations during every visit.
Here's what you need to know.
At first glance, fuses for common meters and test gear don't appear to be a boss' concern, but my field experience has shown that fuse failures can and do occur in every kind of automotive service facility.
Furthermore, the fuse may pop on a meter or tester that is absolutely essential to diagnosing the job at hand.
To make matters worse, the blown fuse often happens at inopportune times. For instance, the fuse may blow at 15 minutes to closing time on a diagnostic job that is already hours behind schedule.
To complicate matters, this car owner may be the least tolerant, least sympathetic person in your customer base. He or she already may be steamed that the job's running late.
Experience also shows that many otherwise-capable and reliable technicians may be lackadaisical about fuses in general.
Namely, they never think twice about a meter's or tester's fuse until that fuse fails. Now we're all human; we all make mistakes. (No, don't ask your faithful columnist about his own fuse follies — been there, done it, have the blown fuses to prove it.)