Originally Posted by wpendl1
WTF, who hacked into Ryan's computer??
I can see both sides. The mechanic does this as a job, not a hobby. So he needs to be paid pretty well for his time, the shop needs to pay their bills to run the place, however, to compare them to doctors... that just aint going to fly. If the doctor screw up, the chances are so much higher that you will have permanant damage or death. If a mechanic screw up, the chances are very very low that you would even get hurt. I think the worse that could happen is you may loose your brakes. But if everything else is functioning, you can downshift, use the ebrake... or just run into another car in front of you. With airbags and safty crumple zones, you may loose your car, but you would have very small chance of loosing your life.
Very good point.
Mechanics screwing up is a dailey thing. Mechanics don't go to 7 years of colledge plus.
The really good ones do.
Anyhow, $1200.00 still seems a little high unless the tranny is rebuilt. If it's a junkyard tranny, I'm guessing $600 for the tranny, 8 hours labor @ $75.00. $600 in labory is way to much since most engien swaps don't cost that much labor.
Not that much hourly, most places no...but you bet your ass you'll be getting a bill for 8-10 hours labor...Why? That's what the labor guide says, and that's what most shops base their hourly quotes from.
I've never meet a mechanic that is worth $75.00 an hour.
'Cause you haven't found the ones with proper training, and who are actually good at what they do...
I've never met a mechanic that I would trust to leave my car with alone.[/quote]
The dealer has the right idea, specializing in one make of car. That way they can know the cars better. Problem is they don't, and charge way to much in the meen time. In order to do the job right, you need to care. Mechanics, in general do not care. They do a shizzle azz job, bust other things in the process, then charge you to fix them too.
The GOOD mechanics, the ones that won't charge you for their own mistakes are definitely worth that money. They're the ones that are worth that $75 an hour. And the Good mechanics know it and will unabashedly charge that.
I'll never stop working on my own cars.
Neither will I, for you and I paying someone else to do it makes no sense
And on a similar subject, the shop I work for charges $79 an hour labor. Steep? Yes, we're one of the higher priced independant shops, but still less than the dealer. And you know what? People gladly pay that, why? Because they trust us. We do the job right the first time, and if we don't we admit it and take care of any mistake. Mine is a very easy job, people know we're legitimate, and won't cheat you and rip you off by doing a bunch of unnecessary things.
Also, imagine if you wanted to do your own starter because you didn't want to pay shop rates. Assuming you had no tools or equipment, you'll have to buy it all for that one job. Even a cheap set of tools is going to be $30, starter at Autozone, $120. Time to do the job...2 hours if you're somewhat inexperienced. Between the frustration, running around getting the part and then shooting blindly at fixing something, don't you thing for that person it's worth it to just pay somebody else $250-300 to get it done, and get it done right, with a warranty, possibly nation wide on parts and
labor? Can't get that at AutoZone
Sorry for the rant...I guess working in the field has opened my eyes a bit...I used to think shops were waaay overpriced...but sometimes, there are some jobs even I'd pay somebody else to do, and you know what, in those instances it would be well worth it sometimes