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Old 10-25-2015, 07:19 PM   #61
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I also was a Service Tech, installer and designed systems. Had a company, and also managed 45 Sheet metal Mechanics. Buy a break or a plasma cutter and then tell me what it cost. Tools are built into the overhead. Never ever did we ever charge for tools, that's part of overhead. When I started we charged 35.00 per hour when I got out it was doubled that. It wasn't because of tools it was because of the price of labor and benefits. (Union shop local #104 SF.Ca. and proud of it) Plasma cutters and design cad programs made the job easier and less labor. We abosberted the new tech. and never charged for it. We bought our mechanics the tools required to due there job, just as a dealership does. How many times you going to charge for the same computer or the upgrades? Yes it cost a shop 2000.00 to up grade there programs yearly, but there has to be an break even point. Thanks for letting me rant about being ripped off....
I agree with this. Using a scan tool to check codes or run diagnostics should not be any more than straight labor rate.
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Old 10-25-2015, 07:20 PM   #62
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Old 10-25-2015, 07:28 PM   #63
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I must have been at the wrong dealerships, as they have never BOUGHT me any tools....




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Old 10-25-2015, 07:35 PM   #64
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Special tools are required by manuf. to be purchased by dealers every year in order to retain dealership....not hand tools. (In the states anyway.)
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Old 10-25-2015, 07:38 PM   #65
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No one bought my tools either. He must be union.
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Old 10-25-2015, 07:39 PM   #66
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I agree with this. Using a scan tool to check codes or run diagnostics should not be any more than straight labor rate.
I don't think anyone said any different.
Usually its a 1 hour labor charge. And yes labor rates may be $90 -125 per hour. Its really not worth it for any less. From the writer, to the lot porter, to the tech to the cashier, The shop isn't getting rich on a scan and it is probably at a loss actually if thats all is done after you figure all the hands that are involved. But its customer service and it aids getting work done that will make the shop profit.
I have never heard of any shops charging extra for using different computers or tools, we just charge more hours because it will take longer or the book states a certain hourly rate for the procedure.

There are some bad shops and a few bad techs out there, but the rest are what keeps us all rollin' !
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Any shop that needs a porter to bring cars in is a joke...the person work'n on it has legs.
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Any shop that needs a porter to bring cars in is a joke...the person work'n on it has legs.
Ok, guess you've never been to a large dealership.
The porters take them off the drive and park in the lot AND THEN the tech goes and gets them to work on and once complete they go back to the lot. When a customer comes to pick it up, the cashier will send a porter to bring it to the front for the customer.
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That is what the service writer did.
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