Car Repair Costs Drop
Parts are getting more expensive, but labor costs are on the decline, a new study shows.
What really get my goat is that the people building cars at the factory are making $30 an hour plus benefits to put one or two parts on a car, but a mechanic, like myself, who has been repairing cars and trucks for over 30 years can only get $20 an hour, tops. And we have to know every system on the car, and invest almost two years wages to have the tools to do our jobs. Then we get to hear that most people think we are ripping them off. Well I have news for you, a good mechanic will never rip you off and will probably do more than is asked when repairing a car because we want our customers safe. Also we spend, on average. 80 plus hours, unpaid, in training classes just to keep up with all the new technologies that keep coming out on all makes of cars. In my opinion, mechanics are way under paid for what they do. We should be making as much or more than a plumber who gets $50 an hour to fix a leaky faucet.
Sorry, done ranting now.
O8 Music man...I have been a mechanic for 40 years and your statement is totally untrue. I can stand before any man AND God and truthfully say, I have never ripped off a customer. And never will. Go soak youe attitude in truth
Another reason spending is down is many folks who previously 'maintained' thier cars regularly, cut back tdue to the economy. I wat
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