Date registered: Jan 2009
Location: So Cal
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I hear a lot of unhappy people here.It seems the technicians of today don't have a right to make a living for their efforts. A non mechanic cant really understand how really hard it is to keep todays technological wonders running to the owners satisfaction. Cars have gotten a lot more difficult to repair because computers don't always tell the truth. And the things folks want the cars to do now, lets see I want 25 miles per gallon, a totally quiet car at 80 miles an hour with a sound system that outperforms a home stereo without any type of distortion noted and hands free control of the entire car with multiple tv screens to enjoy watching whatever the hell your fooling around with while driving and of course 500 HP with no emissions and did I forget, it's all for free or perhaps a hundred dollars a day is what most feel a person capable of delivering all that deserved stuff for the owner is worth. I recently retired after 40 years servicing the MB product because I became disheartened by owners treating me and my colleges as if we were below them somehow in stature. If the financial district were half as accurate as we were expected to be we wouldn't be in a recession right now. Fixing cars is a pain at times, fixing a MB is demanding because of the complexities of modern cars. Keep in mind I wasn't a tech, I started before there were techs. I was actually teaching the newer techs coming through the schools, we needed more techs because the new class owners didn't want to wait for a repair, they wanted it right now by god and for free to boot. It was 10 mechanics for each nonproductive employee at a dealer when I started, now everyone wants a ride and a wash and a free loaner and a tank of gas so its 4 techs to 10 non productive employees now. Wonder where 140 per hour came from, why is it so expensive today? Some ones got to pay for it, the dealer cant just print up some more money like the government. Now I live in blissful retirement, a bit early but my blood pressure is normal again and I really sleep well now. Maybe I'll get a job selling nails at the hardware store, service with a smile.
Just my 2 cents, now its your turn