Date registered: Oct 2005
Vehicle: '82 380 SL, '82 300TD, '85 500SEC
Location: Northern California
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Shadetree Mechanic Job Opportunity?
I''d like to supplement my retirement income and use it to support my car hobbies: Mercedes 500SEC, 380SL, 300TD, +Porsche 356s, +'68 El Camino, +Ford Retractable Hardtop, +F600... and I'm considering offering mechanic services. I do all the work on my own fleet of cars and have been doing so for 40+ years. I've really never worked on anyone else's car except for the occasional boyfriend or girlfriend in a pinch...when the kids had boyfriends and girlfriends in a pinch. I watched my brother-in-law do this kind of work for several years, as he helped out his family's finances in this manner.
What I'm NOT is an ASC certified mechanic and so my work would be uninsured...just as it is for my own cars. Most recently I rebuilt the engine on my wife's 380SL. I'd imagine most of the work I'd do would be oil/filter changes, brake pad changes, spark plug/distributor cap changes, fuel injection testing, etc.
So...the questions for my forum friends:
1. Is there a need for this kind of work...instead of Mercedes owners always using ASC certified mechanics for everything?
2. Am I asking for trouble if I change Bobbie Sue's oil and she breaks her timing chain a week later?
3. Is it better just to help someone out sometime and get referred by word of mouth?
Thanks for your input.