posted on Mar, 24 2012 @ 12:55 PM
Originally posted by Fylgje
They make vehicles now to where you can't even work on them so that you almost have to take it to a dealership and those people want more pay than
doctors get. A mechanic that gets paid more than a doctor---just unbelievable.
It depends on where you go. I used to work at a garage where we got everything. I worked on everything from old hot rods to Elantras and Neons to
Corvette, Lotus and Vipers... Parts were bought from a wholesaler, marked up 75% then you were charged $85/hour in labor (and that was about a decade
ago, don't know their current prices). The place is huge and there's at least 200 cars in the lot at any time. If it's your only car, you're screwed.
No loaners, you have to rent.
Then there's my father's mechanic for the past 15 years. It's a small operation (one guy who does something... I dunno, he's always just standing
around) and the mechanic. He will work on ANYTHING and do a great job and charge $40/hour for it. He doesn't keep parts in stock and they tend to be
expensive when he orders them (without markup, he doesn't make any money on parts) so it takes a couple of days after you drop your car off but it's
about the same as the other place because of the line. And he gives you a loaner. If I need to get something done by him, I order the part for a
quarter of what he would pay and pay $40/hr for it to be installed.
For example, my supercharged '97 Buick needs an intake manifold (damn thing is plastic, it's like they made them to break). His part place quoted him
$350 for it plus about 4 hours of work, so $610 or so. I ordered one from Rockauto.com for $84, that's going in on Tuesday for a grand total of about
Same with the body shop on the corner of my block. They cost exactly half as much as the place on the next block over because the one on my street is
a 2 bay garage with 3 employees. The smaller the operation, the less overhead they have and the more attention they pay to you and your
edit on 3/24/12 by Magnivea because: (no reason given)