Originally Posted by OldCoot
That may not be entirely true, but they are getting harder to find. It just seems like the good ones are being outnumbered by the shady ones. A person just has to "be on their toes" when it comes to finding good, honest mechanics. We have an excellent shop here called GMAX which is one of the best I've ever seen on honesty and work.
May be different in Canada, but that is not all that prevalent down here.
I find its not so much "shaddy" techs so much as it's "cookie cutter" techs these days.
Vehicles and the technology in them has advanced so quickly and is so varied it's difficult for a tech to be an "expert" on every vehicle system on the road.
They end up being trained on systems but not specific systems. This works fine as long as the fault falls into whats on a troubleshooting chart, but when it's not there they have a harder time finding it. The result is parts changed on spec, multiple come backs or many hours of labor over what the flat rate mitchell manual states.
The customer only sees a big bill and the first thought is "rip off".
For example: i am well versed on my diesel and how to repair it. I am aware and capable of procedures on my trucks injection system that are unique to my model and are not used anywhere else on any other vehicle. It's the way the truck is designed from the oem. There are several faults that is a tech is to follow the flowchart for fault finding, they would be replacing a $2000 pump instead of a $500 module. But you need to have specific knowledge of the specific model to know that. There are far too many models and types on the road to expect a tech to know that kind of depth on every vehicle, so you end up with the aforementioned "cookie cutter".
Now, thats not to say there aren't guys out there that are underhanded and will upsell or outright sabotage stuff. Thats the same in everything and everywhere. But, they're in the minority. Crooks are always in the minority. Ut when they do pop to the surface people scream loud and long so it seems like everyone is a crook.
Most guys aren't out to rip you off, they're just guys trying to make a life for their families like everyone else. The unfortunate fact of vehicle repair is that it is usually worse off than you think it is and everything from labor to parts is expensive these days. People don't like getting a big bill, but thats a simple fact of vehicle repair these days.
For reference, i was a carded "mechanic" but moved on to aircraft technician a longtime ago. I am also in Canada.