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patnchris

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Posted: 11/07/19 08:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Midnightsadie....Don't know where you're from but around here you can make $15 stocking shelves in a department store. I was making $28/hr. back in 1995...plus 401k match, 75% of healthcare, paid holidays, and 3 weeks paid vacation...


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Posted: 11/08/19 05:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

patnchris wrote:

Midnightsadie....Don't know where you're from but around here you can make $15 stocking shelves in a department store. I was making $28/hr. back in 1995...plus 401k match, 75% of healthcare, paid holidays, and 3 weeks paid vacation...


See what RV dealers are charging per hour compared to what they pay their mechanics.





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Posted: 11/08/19 08:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pianotuna wrote:

I believe the mechanic should get the lions share of the service fee. Unfortunately the opposite is a fact of life.


Problem is the lion's share of the cost to the owner is not the hourly rate that is paid.


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Posted: 11/08/19 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Boils down to managing ONLY their bottom line...cheapest at any cost to make the most MONEY


Any cost in their products/service and to their customers...

Too many of their customers demand the cheapest...not understanding how they've driven this metric in a circular cycle

Lost is that if they had the better product/service...their bottom line would follow...


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Posted: 11/08/19 09:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe I'm out of the loop, but I thought the hourly labor rate was based on a combined cost of service, not what the mechanic gets paid. Since they are not billing based on the time the service adviser spent, the time the parts dept spent pulling the parts, the time the cashiers spent, the cost of the service bay rental, the cost of the electricity to run the compressor and lights, the"free" car wash, the paper mats and plastic seat covers, etc., etc., etc., they use a generic labor rate which was designed to be all inclusive. It's the "shop supplies" charges that is the real profit center as those generic items were already calculated in the generic labor rate.


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The idea that you get charged for shop supplies, towels, clean rags, etc. is crazy. That's part of the cost of doing the business you do. It would be like Walmart adding a charge on the receipt for aisle sweeping, toilet paper, shelf restocking.


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my most recent bill:

1,736.45 for parts
560 for labor (8 hours)
56 for shop materials
126.18 federal sales tax
151.42 provincial sales tax

2801.24 total.

new leaf springs, with extra leaf on both sides, new monro shocks, timbrens, various small parts such as u bolts and nuts. I'm exceedingly happy with this.


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In most repair shops, the hourly rate is jacked up to cover this as an overhead cost, just like insurance, rent, etc. Since the advent of computers, it's become a method to itemize such supplies, and add it automatically. Just because you can categorize it now, it becomes a charge.

I can't imagine adding nails, screws, saw blades, drill bits when I was building homes years ago, nor a fee for 'forms' and stamps when I sent an invoice. That stuff was all in my cost projections.

It's like buying tires - we get a 'quote', then when the invoice arrives, a tire disposal fee, a shop fee, state tax, fed tax, town road fee all adds to the 'original out-the-door' charge. I always look at the OTD price once I arrive, and if so, THEN compare it to the size of the check I will write, not the phone quote. Sometimes, it makes it worth leaving and buy the tires elsewhere.

OTD quote should be dollars we write on the check amount lines.


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Here is an idea. Why don't you guys who obviously know everything about how these service shops should be run, start your own. You will obviously be rich nearly overnight and us dummies will never have to wait to make an appointment again while we enjoy your cheap prices![emoticon]

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JALLEN4 wrote:

Here is an idea. Why don't you guys who obviously know everything about how these service shops should be run, start your own. You will obviously be rich nearly overnight and us dummies will never have to wait to make an appointment again while we enjoy your cheap prices![emoticon]

Exactly. Unless you have owned a business you have no idea the multitude of overhead costs that must be covered by means of the income you collect before you can even think about a profit for yourself.

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