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Old 10-26-2012, 08:23 PM
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The real problem with offering "Free advice" (Basically diagnosing your trucks problem for free so you can go get your buddy in his driveway to do the actual work) is that any typical monkey can do the repair if you know what repair to make. It's the monkey that knows what repair to make is the one that is worth the money.

Also, as stated, The poor mechanic only sees around 2 /10ths/HR of what the labor rate of the shop is. The SHOP gets the big money, but then again, have you priced Snap -On (Strap-on) tools lately?? Wanna talk about getting hosed....

A basic Snap-On Modis Scanner will set you back a cool $10K, then EVERY year, some auto manufacturer will come out with a car that has to cause you to need a $1500.00 "Upgrade/Update" in you Modis you just paid for. And get this, You are ALWAYS running behind a year.

Sure, you can go to your local auto parts house and get your truck scanned for free, but an 02 Sensor code may/may not mean you need an 02 Sensor. Guess how many 02 Sensors I've installed that were supplied by the customer, from the Parts house, that didn't fix the 02 Code that the Parts house scanner said it was?

With the economy being what it is, the public's idea of "Customer Service" has changed for the worse. People today do what I consider "Wal-Marting"...Meaning, they will call 15 repair shops looking for the cheapest to repair their truck/car. Yet, they will spend countless hours researching a cell phone, and pay three prices for it????

No, when you call a repair shop looking for someone to tell you what is wrong with your vehicle, you have to understand, you are talking their knowledge (which is what they are paid for. Paid for what they know, NOT what they do), and cutting them out of keeping their doors open. I mean, you don't bring your hamburger to Mickey D's and just ask to sit and eat it there do you?
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